Manufacturing the Next Big Lie: The “Israel Lobby,” Jews & Iran
The U.S. Presidential Elections and Iran
Posted: November 11, 2008
Not surprisingly, Iran and its nuclear program have been major political talking points in this year’s presidential elections. In response to this, attacks that many U.S. politicians are just “puppets” of the “Israel lobby” who blindly kowtow to the Zionist community in an effort to get the Jewish vote have been leveled against many of the presidential candidates. When then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in April 2008 that she would attack Iran if it attacked Israel and asserted that the U.S. would be able to “totally obliterate” Ian, and when Senator Barack Obama spoke at the AIPAC conference in June a day after clinching the Democratic nomination, many in the broader left and anti-Israel community jumped on their comments as further proof that the “Israel lobby” has retained a chokehold control over U.S. politicians and foreign policy decisions.
For example, Michael Scheuer, in an article titled, “The Lobby Like No Other Wants a War Like No Other,” referred to the presidential nominees as “poster boys” for AIPAC, adding that Obama “has no mind of his own” about Israel and has quickly “adopted the Democrats’ traditional abject subservience to their small but powerful pro-Israel constituency.”
Scheuer also described then-Republican presidential candidate John McCain as an “Israel-firster of the deepest hue” who surrounds himself with elected officials like Joe Lieberman and Eric Cantor, who are “committed to Israel as a religious idea, not because it has anything to do with U.S. security,” a reference to the charge that support for Israel is not in America’s best interest.
In addition to allegations that U.S. government officials make policy decisions in accordance with Israeli interests, many in the anti-Israel movement accuse the media of being biased towards Israel and of being controlled by the “Israel lobby.” For example, in an August 2008 article published on Antiwar.com titled “America’s Israeli-Occupied Media,” Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer and fellow at the American Conservative Defense Alliance, argued that not only is the Israeli government “making every effort to jump-start a war against Iran,” but their efforts are being “aided and abetted by a U.S. mainstream media” that continues to “play the patsy” by refusing to challenge Israeli leaders who advocate for a tough stance against Iran.
Although Giraldi acknowledges that there is significant opposition to a war with Iran within both Congress and the antiwar movement, he reiterates his belief that the “Israel lobby” is all-powerful, noting that he “expects that the Israel lobby will prevail.”