That is shocking enough. Even more shocking is the fact that nobody was shocked.
IT WAS a triumphalist conference. Even this powerful organization had never seen anything like it. 7000 Jewish functionaries from all over the United States came together to accept the obeisance of the entire Washington elite, which came to kowtow at their feet. All the three presidential hopefuls made speeches, trying to outdo each other in flattery. 300 Senators and Members of Congress crowded the hallways. Everybody who wants to be elected or reelected to any office, indeed everybody who has any political ambitions at all, came to see and be seen.
The Washington of AIPAC is like the Constantinople of the Byzantine emperors in its heyday.
The world looked on and was filled with wonderment. The Israeli media were ecstatic. In all the world’s capitals the events were followed closely and conclusions were drawn. All the Arab media reported on them extensively. Aljazeera devoted an hour to a discussion of the phenomenon." Uri Avnery
I doubt if I would like Mr. Avnery. There is a sneering, condescending, politically correct paragraph in this screed devoted to the usual ill informed Israeli opinion on American "genocide" towards the noble red man (somehow the genociders missed those of my ancestors who were NRM) and the unforgivable sin of slavery. Most Americans do not understand our history on these issues and I have yet to meet an Israeli with any real understanding of American History. Hell! Most Americans would have a hard time telling you if the Civil war was before or after the Spanish War.
Nevertheless, Avnery has the common sense to be shocked at the spectacle of American politicians and generals bowing down before a lobby explicitly devoted to the welfare of a foreign state. It makes him uneasy, as well it should. This is an unnatural situation and it can not persist indefinitely. One must ask if Israel is well served in other than a colossal exercise in conceit by this "tail wags dog" folly.
Israeli state survival is a self appointed task assumed by the US. I have no problem with that. Groveling before this lobby? I have a big problem with that.
I see that Arnaud de Borchgrave has similarly held forth. Great minds, etc. pl