How serious is the mainstream media about Israel/Palestine? Well, Dennis Ross is still regarded as an expert, so I rest my care, your honour.
Given far less coverage is the Christian Zionist movement and its close ties to the Jewish establishment:
Thousands of members of Christians United for Israel headed to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby Congress on behalf of the Jewish state.
The group’s founder, the Reverend John Hagee, declared, “We support Israel because we are Bible-believing Christians,” and said the world needs to see that “the sleeping giant of Christian Zionism has awakened.”
Hagee said that the entire Christian world kept quiet during World War II and allowed the genocide of the Jewish people. “This time we will not be silent,” Hagee said.
At “A Night to Honor Israel” banquet, Hagee called on President Bush to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He also called for American divestment from Iran, which he compared to Nazi Germany as a threat to the Jewish people.
And the response from the political elite?
Gary Bauer, who ran for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States in 2000, also spoke at the rally, saying, “You are Ahmadinejad, Hamas, and Hizbullah’s worst nightmare, because you support Israel. They are telling you to give back land. We are telling you, don’t give back one inch.”
Israeli Ambassador to the US Salai Meridor, told the protesters, “We must end this nightmare. We must end the madness. We must make it clear to the Iranians that all options are on the table and that there is no way they will be allowed to hold nuclear weapons.”
The reality? Time.com’s senior editor Tony Karon explains:
The Israelis will continue to play along with the American fantasy that a peace can be concluded with a self-appointed Palestinian autocracy, while war is waged on the elected Palestinian government.
And the mainstream Jewish communities around the world are more than happy to play along, too.