Right-wing Jewish organizations know how to act against the Israeli government, but still consider themselves pro-Israel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    Our right-wing government is trying to manipulate and force 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: 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 House and Senate passed the law by huge margins sufficient to over-ride a Presidential veto. Rather than embarrass himself, Clinton simply did not sign the law, 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 follow every policy of the Israeli government.

    from the article: When Jews in Berkeley vote to cut support for Israel
    First published 16:44 06.12.11 | Last updated 16:44 06.12.11
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