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Talking is key

The debate on the Zionist lobby that we need to have. Oh to have been in New York a few nights ago…

UPDATE: More on the event here.

  • Addamo_01

    It woudl have been a wonderful event. Let's hope there are more to come.

  • Martin Indyk probably learnt his zionist craft in Australia where he grew up. AIJAC here, AIPAC there, Indyk, Ross, Lapkin everywhere!

    I do get the impression that there is a little more open debate on Israel/Palestine than there used to be, but when one reads letters like Michael Burd's in today's Age in Melbourne (30 September 2006) one does become a little dispirited. These people learn nothing and stick rigidly to the line "My Israel right or wrong, but not really wrong". All the rest of the world is wrong, but Israel destroying Palestine and the Palestinians does not have the world in an outcry – yet!

    There is hope – nothing lasts forever, not even the most oppressive and lying regimes with which we are surrounded at the moment, and if debates such as the New York one are reported publicly more and more, the issues will eventually be addressed. I always see hope in the fact that even in South Africa, after 48 years of apartheid, the "Berlin wall" collapsed and/or was torn down.

  • Glenn Condell

    What worries me is how thoroughly the Lobby has colonised both sides of the political aisle.

    Right now, with a Bush admin full of neocons, it's full steam ahead with PNAC style Zionist wish-fulfilment in the US and the Middle East. But would a Democrat ascendancy be much better in restraining (let alone arresting) such behaviour? With your Ross's and Indyks ready to take over for say Hillary (as captured as they come, Lobby-wise) when Bush and the Perles and Wurmsers go, what will change? The aims will be basically the same, but they will be achieved more quietly, perhaps more slowly, with the value of soft power (and a conscious effort not to appear to arrogant) paid more attention. They will bitch and moan and roll their eyes about their predecessors, then go to diner at their houses on the weekend. Mission still accomplished.

    When you read that 'fanatic Zionist billionaire' Haim Saban gave over 12 million US dollars to the DEMOCRATS in 2002 alone, you get a sense of the danger.

    What is needed is a political outlet for (and reflection of) the large and growing consituencies in the West of people who want to vote against this type of perversion of our democracies. Just as 60-70 percent of Americans oppose the war in Iraq have no political means to assert their view, so they (and we) have no platform for which to vote which includes a commitment to vigilance in the control of these entities that so vitally affect our future.

    I do feel things are changing but the reflexively relentless rearguard action of the Lobby (even when it's as tired and repetitious as Indyk apparently was at the debate) means that if America's fortunes do change – if the economy is severely affected by events in the Middle East, and it begins to dawn on ordinary Americans that their houses of political representation have been captured by agents of a foreign power – then the adverse reaction will be all the more virulent.

    The 'special relationship' won't count for much, the image of the'brave little democracy' in the M/E won't cut the mustard, and surely even Israel's importance for Rapture types will take a back seat to an awakened giant's fury, which even a Lobby dominated media will be unable to spin safely.

  • Leo Buddha

    Talk is really the key.

    With and NOT at.

  • Addamo_01

    Agreed Leo,

    The problem is that talk is nto exactly encouraged. This discussion was organised by whom? None other than The London Review of Books, which were the only body to publish Walt and Meisheimer's paper.

    Hardly main stream now is it?