Sunday, July 23, 2006

The Israel Lobby

Any criticsim of Israel is always condemned as anti-Semitism by the powerful Israel lobby and its syncophantic supporters in North America. While the lobby is most powerful in the U.S., its origins are Canadian. Surpise, Surprise. I wondered where Kinsella got his inspiration from.

A sweet deal for Israel

Because of the perceived power of the Jewish lobby -- it has been called the National Rifle Association of U.S. foreign policy -- working Capitol Hill for Jewish organizations these days is, to quote one of their own lobbyists, 'like pushing at an open door.'

The organization was founded in the early 1950s by Canadian-born former journalist I.L. Kenen, with funding from various Jewish groups. Kenen was a tireless advocate for Israel in the 1950s and early '60s, when it had to claw for dollars and votes against a powerful lobby of oil interests, Arab-oriented diplomats and lawmakers such as J. William Fulbright, the legendary chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who saw U.S. support of the fledgling Jewish state as a serious mistake that threatened regional stability.

Fulbright was right.

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