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The fury of the “pro-Israel” lobby lately has truly been something to behold.

By MJ Rosenberg www.informationclearinghouse

It has abandoned bipartisanship by setting up front organizations like the so-called Emergency Committee for Israel, which is running ads across the country calling on voters to defeat Democratic members of the House and Senate for signing a letter urging President Obama to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

With all the problems average Americans are facing, the lobby is so out-of-touch that it thinks that hard-hit Pennsylvanian voters (the ads runs most often in the Keystone State) will actually cast their votes based on the lobby’s litmus test of who is and who isn’t hawkish enough on Israel.

Then there is the American Jewish Committee, which has now issued an unusual second political poll this year. The first, issued in March, was its traditional annual poll of American Jewish opinion on matters foreign and domestic.

This second poll, issued just before the congressional elections, is more limited and clearly is designed to demonstrate that Jewish voters are deserting President Obama because of his efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the peace table. (The AJC press release carries the title: “AJC Poll Shows Jewish Disapproval of President Obama Rising.”)

Actually, the poll’s intent is to create the shift it claims to portray, a shift that is, in fact, not happening because, as Republican Whip Eric Cantor said on October 2, American Jews are voting Democratic, as they always have, because “Jews are prone to want to help the underdog.”

But not the American Jewish Committee, the most established and establishment of lobby organizations which, under its current leadership, is a bastion of neoconservative war-mongering and has put its once-respected polls to the service of the GOP.

The good news is that Eric Cantor is right: American Jews (not him) are liberals and Democrats. But the “pro-Israel” establishment just follows lockstep behind Prime Minister Netanyahu who wants Republicans to win in November (he has a history of supporting the GOP) and President Obama gone in 2012.

One, they are tired of even Obama’s timid pressure on settlements and (2) they want a President who will give Israel permission to bomb Iran. George W. Bush said “no” to that scheme as has Obama. But President Palin or Huckabee? They know that they would say “bombs away” in a heartbeat.

That is why they are running these ads. That is why the American Jewish Committee (AJC), has become a Republican cutout. It’s all about the Middle East: preventing Israel from achieving peace with its neighbors and preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons, not through diplomacy but war.

And check out this ad the “Emergency Committee for Israel” is running against a Democratic Congressman in Connecticut. (They are using the same ad against a host of Democrats). Happily, it won’t work. But it does demonstrate what this game is all about. And it’s not jobs, jobs, jobs.

MJ Rosenberg, Senior Foreign Policy Fellow, Media Matters Action Network. Since 1998, M.J. Rosenberg has been the Director of Policy Analysis for Israel Policy Forum (IPF). He heads the organization’s Washington, D.C. office and writes IPF FRIDAY, a widely-circulated weekly opinion column which focuses upon U.S. Middle East policy and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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  1. NOPE on the 25. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    I hate to beg to differ with you, but your premise is b.s.

    First, in order for Israel to NEED to target the DINO’s, they’d have to be doing something that Israel doesn’t like. And that isn’t happening.

    The Israeli lobby OWNS the DINO’s, lock, stock, and Spanker of the House, Nan Pelousy. Look at campaign contributions that have come from zionist jews and A.I.P.A.C., to the DINO’s.

    You can’t with a straight face make this case. DINO’s are doing exactly what the Knesset wants them to do. Promote more wars, enslave more American’s with MORE DEBT, and then pretend that only the GOP is bad juju in Amerika.

    The truth is, both parties are joined at the hip. They merged a long time ago. Yes, the GOP hates the DEMS, but their platforms are so IDENTICAL that it’s not funny.

    Nobody in their right mind will believe this supposition that Israel has it in for DINO’s. DINO’s are doing exactly what they want. This is all a bunch of DINO posturing to save a few seats, but it’s too late. Your feckless leader, Barry Soetoro, sold your butts down the river with ENDLESS WARS, MORE MASS MURDERING, and DRONE KILLINGS OF INNOCENTS IN AFGHANISTAN and PAKISTAN and dog knows what other countries the CIA PUPPET is murdering people these days.

    WHY CHANGE??? the NWO agenda is right on track.

    Truly, it doesn’t matter any longer who wins these elections, anyway.

    The nation is in rubble. Too many years of Israeli Zionist Control of the political process here.

    DINO’s will lose a lot of seats this time, not because of zionists voting for GOP swine, but because people stupidly will vote GOP for SPITE to burn the DINO’s for their treason and their CHANGE WE CAN NOT BELIEVE IN lies and crap.

    that’s what will lose the election for DINO’s. Not necessary that Israel and zionists go for GOP’ers.

    THEY ARE ALL ONE AND THE SAME!!!! WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE???

  2. Rehmat on the 25. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Both Democrat and Republican are pro-Israel – and believe me I love when Zionists fight with Zionists.

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/who-speaks-for-the-american-jews/

  3. D Costa on the 25. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Mr Rosenberg,

    Most politicians on both parties are under the control of Jewish lobby and except for a small percentage of politicians in both parties they pander to Israel and other Jewish interests.

    This right and left paradigm is a false notion. People of this country need to vote for the individual politicians who are not sell outs to Israel, Jewish lobby and other Jewish interest groups. No man can serve two masters. A politician who wants to be loyal to a foreign government at the expense of this country is a traitor and all traitors must be voted out.

    Bill Krystol and other Zionist Jewish individuals the so called neocons are communists and these warmongers have destroyed the reputation of the Republican Party. Democratic Party is a useless Party anyway because there are too many Zionist Jews are senators and congressmen in that party. Those Jews in the Democratic Party and people like Eric Cantor and Arlen Specter in the Republican Party are the same. When it comes to Jews there is no party line but love for Israel and love for their own tribe. Love for Israel and love for Jewish interests are not going to help our nation. When billions of tax dollars are spent to please Israel and Jews that comprise only 2% of the population 98% of the population has to be neglected which is a parasitic existence on the part of Israel and the Jewish minority.

    Your language is confusing and your knowledge is too superficial and unhelpful. Read the book “The Transparent Cabal” by Stephen Sniegoski and many articles of Philip Giraldi and Maidhc O’Cathail–who write with clarity because they have grasped the political situation well.

    American voter needs to understand that Zionist Jewish interests and pandering to Israel by giving billions in aid have cost America too much.
    The real problem is the Zionist problem which means fighting wars for Israel, giving aid to Israel and believing the lies of mainstream media owned and controlled by the same group of people–and our government, military, FDA, CDC, FBI, CIA, police are all hijacked by the same people and we have allowed the Federal Reserve and mortgage industry to be run by the same people who have looted America–and the Israel loving politicians have done nothing about these things. This same group of people also spread false propaganda through magazines, by writing newspaper columns and articles such as this and the 98% of the population need a break from these people because their interests dont match those of the rest of the population.

    To add to all of this we also have ADL, SPLC controlled by the same tribe to frame patriotic Americans with false charges and this same group is also spying on Americans.

    American tax payer is paying for his own destruction perpetrated by Israel and Zionist Jews.

  4. D Costa on the 25. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    “The good news is that Eric Cantor is right”–What is the good news here? This is utter nonsense.

    “Actually, the poll’s intent is to create the shift it claims to portray, a shift that is, in fact, not happening because, as Republican Whip Eric Cantor said on October 2, American Jews are voting Democratic, as they always have, because “Jews are prone to want to help the underdog.”
    –Writes Rosenberg in the above article.

    How did Jews help the underdog by engaging in the black slave trade in America? Ask Rev Steve Bingham about area 8 housing development in Lakewood NJ which is solely for Jews and the blacks and other oppressed people have lost jobs in this county and Steve Bingham is having an out rech for these people while the local politician is trying to get rid of them from this area. Where is the Jewish love here for the underdog?

    In California politicians [Robert Waxman and the 2 Jewish senators:Barbara Boxer and Diana Feinstein] did not help the underdog either. Veterans’ land has been stolen from them and they have no place to go. They are homeless.

    Eric Cantor wants to praise the Jewish people even if that means they will be voting for the party on the opposite side of Eric Cantor. Boasting about the goodness of Jews is the most important thing here.

    Black professor Tony Martin’s career was destroyed by the Jews because he wrote about the Jew owned and operated black slave trade. Where was their sympathy for the underdog?

  5. Jeff on the 25. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    You don’t even receive a nomination if you do not support endless Wars for Israel, it all started nearly a decade ago under a false flag attack.
    9/11 and Israel, here:
    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

  6. c w payne on the 31. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Pro-Zionist politicians who blesses the World Zionist Regime and their scheme of things through their loyal support are likewise being blessed by the Zionists; Like in “who ever blesses you I will bless; and who ever curses you I will curse”.
    If you’re a politician refuse support and Buddy, you’re cursed.
    Wanting glory and pay-outs, then bless them!

  7. D Costa on the 31. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    “Citing the sanctions bill as an example, New York Democrat Gary Ackerman, argued that Israel’s best bet for addressing any concerns about Obama’s policy would be for Democrats to retain power. “I’m not saying that if the Republicans take the House it would be doomsday for Israel, but if they want positive influence on the White House, that’s us,” said Ackerman, who chairs the subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

    Ackerman and other Jewish Democrats point to the forceful criticisms they conveyed to the White House when they thought that Obama was leaning too hard on Israel.

    “If you need the president, you need us as chairs of the committees,” Ackerman said as he listed what he called the “first-class team” of Jewish pro-Israel Democrats who chair key House committees: Berman at Foreign Affairs, Barney Frank at Financial Services, Henry Waxman at the Energy and Commerce committee, Sander Levin at Ways and Means, and Ackerman himself in his role as head of the Middle East subcommittee. “We are all pro-Israel and we all have major, major, major influence in the executive branch.”

    The above was taken from the ugly truth website which proves that all Zionist Jewish politicians are hellbent on their love for Israel and the Democratic Party has more Jews than the Republican Party–who are all lovers of Israel–who want to carry out Israel’s agenda while abusing American voters and wasting American tax payer money for Israel and Jewish interests. M J Rosenberg’s article is lacking in truth.

    We the people should insist that all aid to Israel must be discontinued regardless of who wins elections and No More wars for Israel and no more sanctions to Iran by either party–and no more lies and deception from Zionist Jewish agents and/or mainstream media owned and controlled by Zionist communist marxists.

    Mark Glenn has many interesting articles on his ugly truth website.

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