This year Islam and Judaism's holiest holidays overlapped for 10 days. Muslims racked up 397 dead bodies in 94 terror attacks across 10 countries during this time... while Jews worked on their 159th Nobel Prize.
.... Israel may have been a strategic asset during the Cold War, but it has become a growing liability now that the Cold War is over. Unconditional support for Israel has reinforced anti-Americanism around the world, helped fuel America’s terrorism problem, and strained relations with other key allies in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The United States derives some tangible strategic benefits from its close security partnership with Israel, but it pays a high price for them. On balance, it is more of a liability than an asset.
This is of course, our good friends Walt & Mearsheimer, who btw are making two appearances in Cleveland today - at the City Club of Cleveland (12:00 pm, 850 Euclid Avenue) and the Ford Auditorium (7:00 pm, corner of Euclid & Adelbert Rd.)
Tomorrow they'll be in Chicago, on WTTW-TV (Chicago Tonight, check listings) and at the International House at the University of Chicago (6:00 pm, 1414 East 59th Street).
During these appearances the professors will no doubt repeat their very savvy question,
At every public appearance along the way of their extensive (and expensive) book tour, Walt & Mearsheimer complain that the powerful Israel Lobby thwarts public "dialogue" about its "considerable influence."
If you live in or near Cleveland or Chicago you might want to go and display your "considerable influence" in their faces ... OR ... if you would rather not dignify their views by your presence, simply JOIN THE ISRAEL LOBBY from the comfort of your own home, resting assured that you will automatically become part of that
"powerful special interest group, which over time has acquired considerable influence over U.S. policy in the Middle East."
Prominent groups in the lobby include the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL); Christians United for Israel (CUFI), and pro-Israel think tanks like the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the American Enterprise Institute. Leading individuals in the lobby include the heads of these various organizations, as well as neoconservatives who served in the Bush administration like Elliot Abrams, John Bolton, Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, and David Wurmser, some of whom are closely associated with hard-line pro-Israel think tanks and conservative politicians in Israel, or Christian Zionists like John Hagee of CUFI and former House Speaker Tom DeLay (D-TX).
GET WITH THE POWER.
AND MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU.
Rather than respond to Walt & Mearsheimer with our usual protestations, let's give them something to really whine about! Do your part to increase the power and expand the influence of the Israel Lobby today.
Join one or more of these Major American Jewish Organizations
American Friends of Likud
American Gathering/Federation of Jewish Holocaust Survivors
America-Israel Friendship League
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
American Jewish Committee
American Jewish Congress
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
American Sephardi Federation
American Zionist Movement
Americans for Peace Now
Association of Reform Zionists of America
B’nai B’rith International
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America
Development Corporation for Israel / State of Israel Bonds
Emunah of America
Friends of Israel Defense Forces
Hadassah, Women’s Zionist Organization of America
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
Jewish Community Centers Association
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
Jewish Labor Committee
Jewish National Fund
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
Jewish War Veterans of the USA
Jewish Women International
MERCAZ USA, Zionist Organization of the Conservative Movement
NCSJ: Advocates on behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of Young Israel
Rabbinical Council of America
Religious Zionists of America
Union for Reform Judaism
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
United Jewish Communities
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism
Women of Reform Judaism
World Zionist Executive, US
Zionist Organization of America