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Anti-Semitic lobby

Republican Jewish Coalition linked to this important article about anti-Semitic anti-Israeli lobby:

A crop of Israel’s critics–most prominently Jimmy Carter and now Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, the authors of "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy"–have managed something of a feat: They express no concerns about the massive pro-Arab effort, funded in significant measure by foreign oil money, taking American Jews to task for participating in the American political process; meanwhile, they inoculate themselves against charges of anti-Jewish bias by pre-emptively predicting that "the Jewish lobby" will accuse them of it.

Messrs. Walt and Mearsheimer, in particular, have been heralded by Israel’s critics for their "courage" in attacking American Jews, who have allegedly "strangled" criticism of Israel. Their case seems one part laughable, and one part eyebrow-raising.

An anecdote from my own experience with the anti-Israel lobby may shed some light on the absurdity of the Walt-Mearsheimer offensive. Not long after Sept. 11, 2001, I received a call from a major defense contractor asking for a favor. I was serving as president of the Boston chapter of the World Affairs Council, a national organization that debates foreign policy, and the defense contractor was one of the Council’s principal sponsors.

The Saudi Arabian government was sponsoring a national public relations campaign to cultivate American public opinion, and was sending Saudi emissaries around the country to make the case that Saudi Arabia was a tolerant, moderate nation worthy of American support. Would the Council organize a forum of Boston’s community leaders so that the Saudis could make their case?

While this was patently no more than a Saudi lobbying effort, we organized the forum, and it was well-attended by precisely the slice of Boston’s political and corporate elite that the Saudis and their defense contractor benefactor had hoped for. The Saudis maintained that their kingdom should be regarded as a promoter of Middle East peace, and that the abundant evidence that Saudi Arabia was in fact promoting a virulent brand of extremist Islam should be discounted.

Saudi Arabia paid for the trip of its emissaries to Boston, for the Washington-based public relations and lobbying company that organized the trip, and for the Boston public relations and lobbying company that handled the Boston part of the visit. And it drew upon the resources and relationships of the defense contractor, which sells hundreds of millions of dollars of military equipment to Saudi Arabia, to support and orchestrate its public relations effort.

Read the whole thing.

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September 15, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized

3 Comments »

  1. Walt and Mearsheimer’s essay and book are probably the most thoroughly discredited works in history (see this link).

    Good work, professors!

    Oh, and please, no ad hominem attacks (see this link) against the authors of the critiques. Find some meat and make an argument like a man, not a drunken cossack, hysterical leftist, sufferer of this problem, or chimpanzee, if you disagree with the above-linked assessments.

    Comment by Eris | September 18, 2007 | Reply

  2. Eris,
    A while ago you commented on my blog post here.
    Thank you for that.
    I am sorry, but for some reason your comment was flagged as spam. I fixed that, and now your comment is shown on the blog.
    Regarding the comment itself. Have you read the whole post? How about the rest of my blog? It seems that you and I are on the same side of the argument. As for Walt and Mearsheimer’s essay and book being just a bunch of crap, that is exactly the point of the article I posted. So, what is your problem with that?
    Please feel free to comment on my blog in the future, but please read my posts before commenting. Otherwise you will end up arguing with people who agree with you.
    Eric.

    Comment by conservativlib | September 28, 2007 | Reply

  3. I know you are on the same side of the argument and was amplifying. My comments about ad hominem against the critiques of the “professors” were directed at possible leftist readers, not at you.

    ERIS

    Comment by Eris | October 4, 2007 | Reply


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