One of the most powerful and richest lobbies in the United States is the Zionist lobby or the Israel lobby. This lobby is composed of three formal lobbying groups – AIPAC, Christians United for Israel and The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Yet most Americans, and I don’t mean the New York Times reading elites, but educated Americans who form opinions on a number of social and political issues and who should therefore be at least nominally aware of what influences their government, do not even know that this lobby exists. These same Americans, however, know of the existence and political influence of the NRA and the “oil lobby”, the “tobacco lobby”, the “military lobby” and other lobbying groups which exert significant influence on the entire political system in this country, from electing politicians to advancing policy. These lobbies are routinely denounced, and not just by academics and insiders.
There is a reason for this… the Zionist lobby, spends a lot of influence and money to make sure that they are not known beyond the circles in which they operate. Knowledge of its scope would, they fear, lead to whispers of denunciation of this hypocritical and non-secular lobby and would in time cause these whisperings to increase to a volume which would be impossible to universally ignore.
This relationship between the United States government and Israel is perpetuated by coins on one hand and religion on the other. The Zionist lobby gives money to Democrats, Republicans and to anyone who will take it; and as is well-known, when money is given, then the offices which that money has guaranteed must satisfy conditions set by the donors. What is also virtually unknown is that the cohesive power of this particular lobby makes bedfellows of politicians with as widely differing political views as Barney Frank, who is an openly homosexual representative from Massachusetts and Gary Herbert, the Governor of Utah, who has spoken out against making sexual orientation a protected right saying, “”We don’t have to have a rule for everybody to do the right thing. We ought to just do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do and we don’t have to have a law that punishes us if we don’t.” Though, ironically he heads an executive branch of state government and is reported to by people whose job it is to make laws. I will say that democratically, this lobby does seem to be able to “cross the aisle” with no vitriol directed its way. A wonderful achievement.
Why is this important? It is because we all know that the American political system is the richest in the world and that politicians, however idealistic they may be, need money to be elected and most often they don’t care where the money comes from. I’m sure Barney Frank wouldn’t accept money from the NRA or the Christian Coalition or openly support them, but he does voice the ideology of the Israel lobby and do their bidding. Incidentally, today on the Christian Coalition’s website, there is a link inviting visitors to, “Join our campaign to stand with Israel today”.
It is with organizations like this with which the main problem lies, and by organizations like this, I mean Christian organizations or organizations with the word Christian in them. I maintain that the United States’ unequivocal support of Israel actually hinges on both money AND the Christian religion. This IS a Holy War, though no politician would openly admit it. If we cared to penetrate deeper into this injustice towards Muslims and Muslim states, especially Palestine, (even though historically the United States has NEVER allied itself with a Muslim state without expecting that state to ultimately do it’s bidding or make available its resources) we would discover that maybe Christian organizations and politicians would be less likely to persist in their narrow-minded support for Israel had not Christ been born in what is now Israel. America, as one of the largest and certainly the most powerful Christian country in the world, has to do everything to protect this hallowed ground. So American politicians, irrespective of party affiliation, are only too happy to accept money from the Israel lobby and obediently carry forward their agenda. Two purposes are served by this, America’s Christian ideology is carried forward and the political campaign chests are filled. The Judeo-Christian hegemony is maintained. This time the American government has been paid NOT to say, as was said to Saddam Hussein by Ambassador April Glaspie when America learned of Saddam’s troop build up close to the Kuwaiti border, “But we have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts”.
I have, however, often wondered what would happen if the entire Congress, right-wing, anti-semitic politicians and left-wing, kush initiative supporters, with the President of The United States leading them, openly came out and said to both Israel and Palestine, “But we have no opinion on the Israel-Arab conflict”, with the same vehemence with which they clandestinely endorse AIPAC and the Zionist lobby. Would this 60 year-old war end? Would Israel, knowing that the most powerful army in the world was not at their beck and call, give the Palestinians their little bit of land? Maybe not, but I am sure that Muslim states around the world would realize that the United States was truly their friend or at least willing to begin to be their friend in more than just a token way. The United States does what it has to to keep their religion, myths and relics alive and unfortunately it is only the Muslim states who honestly call this a Holy War and admit that they are fighting to keep their religion and its myths alive. It is NOT that Muslim states attack us because they envy our freedoms (the Scandinavian countries are far more liberated both materially and socially, but they are not under attack from Muslim states or terror groups), but are merely attacking a purportedly secular country who openly chooses Judaism over Islam, who openly sides with a lobby who pays them to provide their interest group with $3 billion worth of arms each year. Arms that have been used by the Zionist state to kill thousands of Muslim Palestinians.
It makes for wonderful rhetoric when Barack Obama says, “To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” If the President really wants to be a friend to Muslims and end terrorism, he shouldn’t concern himself with spending more American money and resources to fight yet another unwinnable war, but merely unclench his fist too on the question of Israel and go to Muslim states and offer his hand to their leaders and people. But know that as long as the Israel lobby is allowed to direct America’s foreign policy in the Middle East, Muslims around the world will know that even though one hand is offered in friendship, the other remains behind his back with fingers crossed.