Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
Opinion Editorials, August 2011
Adam Shapiro Tell the American People About 81 of their Lawmakers Who Vacationed in Israel
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, August 29, 2011
Grant F Smith Exposes Massive Israeli Manipulation of US Media
Files declassified in America have revealed covert public relations
and lobbying activities of Israel in the U.S. The National Archive made
the documents public following a Senate investigation. They suggest
Israel has been trying to shape media coverage of issues it regards as
important. You can download the files from the web-site of the Institute
for Research on Middle Eastern policy. Grant F. Smith is the director of
The Jerusalem Post — Herb Keinon
House minority whip Steny Hoyer appears pleased with himself, as he reassures his sectarian constituents not to worry, because those shekels will still keep coming in. The current economic crisis in the US will have no impact on US financial assistance to Israel, US Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) said [earlier this month]. Hoyer, the second-highest ranked Democrat in the House of Representatives, is leading a delegation of 26 US Democratic congressmen on a tour of Israel and the Palestinian Authority sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, a [lobbying] organization affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Hoyer said he wanted to “make it clear” that the financial challenges confronting the US will not “have any adverse effect on America’s determination to meet its promise to Israel in the form of aid for its qualitative [military] superiority, or for its economic security.” ... Hoyer said this assessment was bipartisan, and that a similar message will be brought to Israel next week when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) will head up two Republican delegations, numbering 55 congressmen, to the country.
Why is Congress going to Israel? Foreign Policy — Stephen M. Walt
Just when you think your contempt for Congress could not
get any higher, our elected representatives manage to do
something to ratchet it up another notch. After congressional
shenanigans helped spark a major market sell-off and sparked
fears of a double-dip recession, you'd think every single one
of them would be heading back to their districts to figure out
what their constituents wanted and to try to explain how they
were going to help make things better. Or maybe a few of them
would even spend the recess taking a crash course in
macroeconomics and public finance, so that they could start
exercising their public duties more responsibly.
Such behavior is especially disturbing in light of our
current woes; even Greta Van Susteren of Fox News found it
appalling (h/t Mondoweiss
here). But it's not really a new pattern: in recent
decades about 10 percent of all Congressional trips overseas
have been to Israel, even though it is only one of the nearly
200 countries in the world.
And in a related story, the Israeli government has just announced a new round of settlement building in occupied East Jerusalem. (For apt commentary, see Matt Duss of the Center for American Progress here.) If you've been wondering why most people have lost faith in U.S. stewardship of the peace process and are turning to other strategies--such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement or the push for a Palestinian state at the UN --well, I think you have your answer. And if "two states for two peoples" is never achieved and Israel ceases to be either a Jewish majority state or a true democracy, you'll know exactly which misguided or feckless Americans helped bring that about.
UPDATE: American taxpayers will be pleased to know that Representative Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) has reassured Israelis that financial challenges "will not have any adverse effect on America's determination to meet its promise to Israel." Translation: we may be cutting Medicare and Social Security for U.S. citizens, but Israelis--whose country has the 27th highest per capita income in the world--will continue to get generous subsidies from Uncle Sucker.
It's still occupied territory The American Conservative — Philip Giraldi
That twenty percent of the House of Representatives will be spending its recess holiday on American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) paid tours of Israel does not seem to have made the main- stream news. ... Americans who really like Israel and everything that pertains to it are certainly free to express their views, but there is something unseemly and even grotesque about the continuous promotion of foreign and ethnic group interests ahead of those of the United States and other American citizens. AIPAC is a lobby dedicated to maintaining uncritical US government support for a foreign country and it can be argued that Washington entered into at least one foreign war because of it.
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