Right-wing Jewish organizations know how to act against the Israeli government - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 14.05.10 | 17:22 (IDT)

    Our right-wing government is trying to manipulate Jewish organizations abroad to close ranks and toe the official line. If they don't do that they become "self-haters" or even "traitors". Gewalt! But let us recall some relevant past event. In 1995, the Rabin government was negotiating peace with the PLO. The right-wing feared this might come to fruition, so they acted prudently: AIPAC pressured the US Congress to pass the Jerusalem Embassy Act, mandating moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, a city whose fate was to be determined by negotiations with the Palestinians. A nice ploy, opposed by the Israeli government as well as President Clinton. But they were powerless; the Senate passed the law by 93-5 and the House by 374-37, huge margins sufficient to over-ride a Presidential veto. Rather than embarrass himself, Clinton simply did not sign the law, allowing it to become effective, but since then every US president had to sign a waiver every 6 months declaring that the move has to be delayed for national security reasons. Clinton, Bush, and Obama all signed numerous times. They need it like a pain in the neck, but it is a constant reminder that the Jews abroad do not need to follow every policy od the Israeli goverment (unless it is right-wing, of course).

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    First published 23:52 13.05.10 | Last updated 23:52 13.05.10
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