Over the years of writing articles or describing the terrible damage that the “special relationship” with Israel has caused to the United States, sometimes one wonders: “Given the enormous power of the Israeli lobby, what can we do to make a difference?”
This is a simple question, although it requires many answers. But it also requires some thought about how the establishment, better known as the “deep state,” operates in America. The American “deep state”, one of the main principles of which is the eternal support of the interests of Israel, in fact, is a set of individual enterprises that act together to pursue a mutually beneficial policy. The epicenters of the “deep state” include financial services organizations and fake media in New York and the political center in Washington. But the “deep state” is also served by the Hollywood entertainment industry and the propaganda machine.
And these three parts of the “deep state” are essentially interchangeable: generals and scouts who do not know anything about finances find themselves in the investment firm KKR Global, like General David Petraeus. Or – like Michael Morell at Beacon Global Strategies. At the same time, Wall Street’s leading representatives are joining the government, especially the Treasury Department. Television news and entertainment also talk about celebrities in all components of the establishment, and Hollywood immediately uses all of the above and makes every effort to promote, at every opportunity, a far-fetched narrative of American democracy and its wonderful “allies.”
Which leads us to the Israeli lobby, which is an integral part of the “deep state” and, in a sense, one of its most powerful elements, as it maintains its presence in all other components, plus has a depth that allows it to intervene in American power on federal, state, and local. It is undoubtedly the driving force behind US foreign policy in the Middle East and even beyond, because it enforces standards for what is considered anti-Semitism and participates in Lawfare (a form of war consisting of using the legal system against the enemy, for example, by inflicting damage on him or his delegitimization, tying his time or victory in public relations – S.D.) and other dubious activities aimed at protecting the Jewish state. It differs somewhat from other parts of the establishment in that it pretends to have no power at all, while maintaining visibility, pretending that all its actions are aimed at protecting US national security from malicious states such as Iran. From the perspective of this lobby, it so happens that the interests of Israel and America simply coincide.
According to some estimates, 600 Jewish organizations operate in the United States, which, at least as part of the meaning of their existence, have the protection of Israel and Israeli interests. They are complemented by Christian Zionist groups such as Christians United for Israel (CUFI), which claim to have seven million supporters. Leading Jewish organizations – such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) – are mainly funded by Jewish oligarchs and exist to advance Israeli interests in including to put pressure on the United States to attack Iran.
Israeli lobby groups are bathed in money, with AIPAC alone having an annual budget of more than $ 100 million and 200 employees who can cover the entire Capitol Hill and actually write laws instead of lazy congressmen.
The salaries and benefits of AIPAC CEO Howard Kohr exceed $ 1 million. Conversely, not a single organization critical of relations with Israel has the resources to do anything other than just survive and try to convey its ideas.
So what to do? First of all, there is a congress. Pat Buchanan once called congress “territory occupied by the enemy.” He had in mind the ability of the Israeli lobby not only to control the discussion on Middle East issues, but also the ability to focus its efforts on defeating any congressman who dared to criticize the Jewish state. Politicians like Paul Findley, Chuck Percy, William Fulbright, Pete McCloskey, James Traficant and Cynthia McKinney, who were bold enough in order to oppose Israel, they found themselves unemployed after confronting well-funded and media-backed opponents during re-election. With their fates, they sent a message that to do what they did was to end their career.
This suggests that congressional members of both houses and both sexes will be terribly scared to say the wrong words about Israel. But in reality, everything is not so simple. Over the years, I have had numerous contacts with members of Congress – first through Congressional Government Delegations (CODELS), when I was abroad, serving in the CIA, and most recently in Washington at various conferences and meetings. A very surprising percentage of lawmakers were very willing to express their hostility to Israel and its policies privately, although none of them was bold enough to publicize such sentiments. Some of them even expressed a desire for the Israeli lobby to be virtually destroyed for its corrupting effect on American institutions. This point of view is certainly admirable.
This means that there is a certain audience in the congress, even if it is, in fact, passive. American citizens who want to participate in the life of the country, but despise participation in active political campaigns or even deal with congressmen, must remember Plato’s warning that “those who are smart enough not to get into politics, punished by the fact that they are ruled by people more stupid than themselves. ” A good friend of mine in California, who worked in the congressional district on Palestinian issues, recently supported Congresswoman Betty McCollum bill against the detention of children by the Israeli military, believes that it is necessary to be persistent in order to achieve necessary result. She calls her congressman and tries to make an appointment to discuss the Middle East, saying that she will find any time when there is a “window” in the congressman’s schedule, and is even ready to fly to Washington, if that is better. When the meeting with her, as expected, is postponed, she insists, calling again and again, until she receives an appointment. The meeting itself is usually held with an employee (congressman’s office). But when she comes to the office, she again insists on another meeting – this time with the congressman. She repeats this procedure as necessary.
It can be argued that the meeting of one woman with one congressman practically does not affect anything. Which, at first glance, may be so. But such a statement reflects an inability to understand how congress works. If the same congressman receives twenty-five calls on one issue, then the staff notes this, and the congress office begins to pay attention to it. If there are one hundred calls, then they are taken seriously. Undoubtedly, there are one hundred activists in each congressional district who want to put pressure on Congress on relations with Israel, as well as on the wars and destruction that they brought. If everyone angry with Israel would call their congressmen, then there would be panic on Capitol Hill. But serious worries about one-sided and dangerous relationships are exactly what you need. One specific issue that congressmen need to raise is the clear immunity of Zionist foundations from having to register as foreign agents in accordance with the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
The Russian media have been forced to abide by this law, even if they are not able to promote policies that are beneficial to Moscow. The Israeli lobby, which even writes laws favorable to its most privileged country, is exempted from this only because Congress and the White House are afraid to oppose Jewish power.
For activists who identify with political parties in the same way, it would be advisable to put pressure on delegates to the conventions put forward next year. Although Republican Party hawks are almost certainly difficult to approach in this way, Democrats can be far more susceptible. Significant criticism of Israel was observed in the Democratic Party’s electoral base – and not only from the Squad in Congress, most of which are now more sympathetic to the Palestinians than to the Israeli occupiers. The uprising of party supporters, demanding an open discussion of carte blanche for Israel, is unthinkable, and this would really shake the status quo.
The same basic formula works with the media. Send the editor one letter criticizing Israel and you will be ignored. Send letter by letter, and eventually an article may appear. If the letters are sent by a hundred subscribers, the editors will begin to notice. In fact, over the past five years, the development of events in the mainstream media has gone in that direction. The disappointment with Benjamin Netanyahu and the horror that he represents grew so much that the genie was released from the bottle with regard to Israeli “democracy.” As a result, one can now read author and editorial articles that are extremely critical of Israel, even in the pillars of the establishment, such as The New York Times. But many, many more are needed.
Finally, people who want to be freed from the Israeli yoke must support those organizations that strive to do just that and are at the forefront of the struggle. There is my own Council for the National Interes, as well as If Americans Knew, The Washington Report and Institute for Middle East Policy Studies (IRMEP, Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy). But this is just a start – those who complement the work of a number of Palestinian rights groups. Sites such as the Ron Paul Institute and Antiwar are also great sources of information.
All such organizations enjoy the support of activists who are willing to speak out and protest against the brutal behavior of the Israeli authorities, especially because the Israeli lobby has turned the United States into an accomplice in war crimes of the Jewish state. All these groups actively conduct seminars and presentations throughout the country, information about which can be obtained on their websites.
Thus, the message is that the Israeli lobby is powerful, but not invulnerable. We must continue to put pressure on Congress, political parties and the media if we want to ever free ourselves from the Israeli monster. We must do this, and even more, because the very future of our country and what kind of nation we are at stake.
About the author: Philip M. Giraldi, a former military intelligence and CIA officer with an expert in counter-terrorism, has worked for about 20 years in Turkey, Italy, Germany and Spain. From 1989 to 1992 he was the head of the CIA residency in Barcelona. He was one of the first Americans to enter Afghanistan in 2001. He speaks Spanish, Italian, German and Turkish. He is currently Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest.
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