After Netanyahu says he would wait for a new U.S. president to reach a better military deal for Israel, American officials fire back.00:09 08.02.16 | 5 comments
You would think from reading this piece that Israel is in a war where it was on the verge of being destroyed and American Jews were concerned. The reality is that Israel is a superpower and Americans are going along with ethnic cleansing and daily harassment of the Palestinians by the IDF, far from an existential situation. As for those in AIPAC being monomaniacal on one issue, that is the case for any lobby. Americans in general, not just Jewish Americans, are virtually inactive politically on a host of issues where the lobbies are tireless and effective. One might just as easily say that Americans will not play a political part in the answer to global warming as to say American Jews will not be decisive regarding Israel. The kind of activist patriotism the founding fathers hoped to sustain is long gone and shows no sign of revival. American democracy has been turned over to the professionals.