A silly idea has been swirling around the world for the past sixty years, not least of all in Haaretz, that Jews, and by extension Israel, control the US. Let me disembarrass you of it. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Rammer
    • 12.11.11 | 23:01 (IST)

    The Jewish lobby is very well-organized and is rolling in the stuff, so it has disproportionate influence over the political debate in the US and can buy congresspersons at very reasonable prices, but it does not have commensurate control over decision making. Decisions in America are controlled by a vast group of stakeholders who are very complex in composition, are predominantly non-Jewish, and, above all, would rather die than be as visible and risible as the Lobby. American politicians pander to the Jewish lobby only because the benefits are greater than the losses. Congresspersons do it with abandon because they know that the Administration has residual powers that allow it to circumvent or suspend or simply ignore the legislative follies of Israel’s supporters in Congress (who constitute about 99.99 of the total). Similarly, the Administration obtains good value from partnering with the Lobby, partly in the positive sense of good press, public relations, and marketing, and partly in the negative sense of avoiding lengthy and exhausting side-battles. All this has worked out very nicely because the US could get away with it with a minimum of loss on the Arab front. It is crucial to understand that the power which the Lobby enjoys in Washington owes a lot to the fact that the Arab response to the US’s support of Israel has been feeble, meaning that the US could pander the Lobby without endangering its interest in the Arab World. But now many things have changed. The Arab spring, the UN bid, the increased Turkish assertiveness, the jobless Western economy, the Occupy Wall Street, the European debt, and all the other fissures in the economic foundations of Western imperialism. Palestine is inside the UN and is going to get further and further in, and no one can turn back the clock, and the US is going to have to recalibrate, so you all are going to discover to your utter amazement that the influence of the Jews in the US is not what it has been cracked up to be.

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    First published 20:57 12.11.11 | Last updated 20:57 12.11.11
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