The Truth Will Set U.S. Free: Breaking Israel’s Stranglehold over American Foreign Policy

If Israel’s stranglehold over U.S. foreign policy is to be broken, Americans will need to be informed about the harm that Washington’s unconditional support for the Jewish state is doing to American interests, say leading analysts of U.S.-Israeli relations.

According to John J. Mearsheimer, co-author of The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, “The only plausible way to weaken the lobby’s influence on U.S. foreign policy is for prominent policymakers and opinion-makers to speak openly about the damage the special relationship is doing to the American national interest.”

“Plenty of people in the United States, especially inside the Beltway, know that Israel is an albatross around America’s neck,” says Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. “But they are afraid to stand up and say that for fear that the lobby will attack them and damage their careers.”

“Hopefully, some of them will develop a backbone,” he adds.

Philip Giraldi, executive director of the Council for the National Interest, believes that Tel Aviv’s stranglehold over Washington can be broken “only by directly challenging the power of the Israel lobby and the false narrative about how it is of value to the United States.”

Giraldi, a contributing editor to The American Conservative, says that “it must be done from the bottom up as Israel cannot be challenged in the mainstream media, Congress, and in the White House.”

“The American people must learn that Israel is and always has been a strategic liability that has done immense damage to the United States and its worldwide interests,” concludes the former CIA officer.

If there is to be an end to Israel’s decades-long “sway over Congress and intimidating presidents,” says Jeffrey Blankfort, a prominent Jewish American critic of Israel and its American lobby, “it will require appeals and actions beginning on a local level that inform the American people not so much about what Israel has done to the Palestinians but what its unregistered agents in the U.S., euphemistically described as ‘lobbyists,’ have done to destroy what little is left of American democracy and the attendant costs in flesh and blood, as well as its tax dollars.”

A long-time pro-Palestinian activist noted for his trenchant critique of Noam Chomsky, Blankfort attributes the failure of such efforts to get off the ground to “the continued unwillingness of the leading figures of the Palestinian solidarity movement in the U.S. to acknowledge the invidious power of the Zionist Lobby,” who, following Chomsky’s anti-imperialist analysis, prefer to “place the primary responsibility for Israel’s crimes and U.S. Middle East policies at Washington’s doorstep.”

“So the first steps,” Blankfort suggests, “may be to publicly challenge these figures while at the same time moving past them and addressing the American people directly.”

No American President will ever have enough latitude to resolve the conflict in Palestine “unless and until enough Americans are informed enough to make their democracy work,” according to Alan Hart, former Middle East Chief Correspondent for Britain’s Independent Television News.

“In other words,” explains Hart, who was also a BBC Panorama presenter specializing in the Middle East, “if President Obama or any of his successors is ever going to be free to confront and defeat the Zionist lobby’s stooges in Congress and the mainstream media, there has got to be created a constituency of understanding about why it is not in America’s own best interests to go on supporting Zionism’s monster child right or wrong.”

The essence of the problem, Hart argues in the three-volume American edition of his book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, is that “Americans have been conditioned, brainwashed, to believe a version of history, Zionism’s version, which is a pack of propaganda lies.”

Jeff Gates, former counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, believes that “transparency, accountability and better design” are required to break Israel’s hold on American foreign policy.

“At present, the American public is ignorant of Israel’s all-pervasive influence. Its control includes the media-enabled deployment of fixed intelligence to induce this nation to war for Greater Israel,” says Gates, author of Guilt By Association: How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War.

“We will know that accountability is underway when we see federal grand juries convened to consider charges against Israel’s agents, assets and sayanim (volunteers). When a jury brings in the first verdict for treason, Americans will know that the rule of law is being restored. We will know that a solution is within sight when the many appendages of its lobby are required to register as foreign agents.”

Maidhc Ó Cathail writes extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. Read other articles by Maidhc, or visit Maidhc's website.

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  1. MichaelKenny said on September 27th, 2010 at 7:48am #

    The other way to break the Israel Lobby’s stranglehold on the US body politic is to break American power. In fact, the latter is probably much easier than trying to break the Lobby’s stranglehold. The only interest the Lobby has in hijacking the US is to misuse its power to prop up Israel. If the US didn’t have that power, it would be of no interest to the Lobby, which would then divert its money elsewhere. As even Americans are now starting to accept, US power is collapsing and that is caused, essentially, by overspending on Israel’s interests. Thus, the more the US spends, and it doesn’t really matter on what, the quicker it will collapse and the sooner, therefore, the Lobby will be off Americans’ backs. Instead of burn, baby, burn, it’s spend, baby, spend!

  2. Ismail Zayid said on September 27th, 2010 at 9:07am #

    As clearly demonstrated, by the various analysts quoted here, the stranglehold that the Israel lobby has on American foreign policy is massive, dangerous and appears beyond challenge. However the notion that the pressure must come from the bttom-up appears to be the only alternative. But the majority of the American people are ill-informed and are denied the necessary information because of the massive campaign of disinformation that the American media indulges in, thanks to the pressure by this powerful Israel lobby.

  3. bozh said on September 27th, 2010 at 10:06am #

    Change the basics in US structure of governance and no cult or an ethnic group cld obtain special status nor direct US foreign policy.
    US foreign policy appears constant:expansion by any means. A-bombings of japan, extermination of indigenes [even tsarist russia did not do that], acquisition of hawaii, puerto rico, samoa, establishment of 700 bases; acquisition of land in palestina, iraq, afgh’n proves it.

    The same structure also allows ‘jews’ [cultists, most devoted to the clerico-plutocratic iron rule] to ‘influence’ [caveat: probable false symbol] US foreign policy.
    Basics in US appear: have money=have rule.It does not say exclude latinos, blacks, french germans, baptists, ‘jews’, et al.
    There is no limit to how many of nay of thse people can ‘influence’ any policy.
    In addition, there is no slightest evidence presented to date that prove ‘jews’ influence anything at all more than other plutos.

    ‘Jews’, tho, can hurt any critic but only because they have money and according to US constitution or, rather , it’s interpretation, they have the legal right to do so!
    So what to expect from any cult–whether christianity, islam, or mosheism but to obey the laws of the nation.
    And pols often proclaim: we are a nation of laws, god bless america and america the great!

    If americans do not espy this and merely talk-lament about the mighty ‘jews’, ‘jews’ will obey US laws.
    However, only an opposing structure of governance can confront and even change the old structure.
    Bolsheviks knew this and precisely why plutocrats demonized them more than any other people.
    Because the ruling class knows this also. that’s why talking in US is ‘free’; and please keep it up; we love u for it!
    Is it really that difficult to espy that US ruling class wld not be content with one quarter of earth? It or europeans want at least three quarters of it.

    True, they can do that without ‘jews’ or israel. So why the support for it? Beats me! Possible explanation may be the conflict between christianity and islam?
    Cultists don’t tolerate other cultists!
    An action must have an adequate reaction. This is also known as an invariant under transformation– just like gravity.
    Gravity being an apsolute invariant and reaction a conditional one! tnx

  4. Deadbeat said on September 27th, 2010 at 2:30pm #

    There are a number of faulty assumptions in bozh rhetoric that is actually more aligned to Chomskyism rather than to its confrontation and refutation and will only maintain the status quo.

    As I don’t have time I won’t repeat myself. I’ve explained why Zionism differs from Capitalism which clearly bozh doesn’t seem to or is unwilling to understand.

  5. teafoe2 said on September 27th, 2010 at 3:17pm #

    Bozh writes: >In addition, there is no slightest evidence presented to date that prove ‘jews’ influence anything at all more than other plutos.<

    Dear Bozh, you highly imaginative and occasionally entertaining old codger, the above statement of yours is one hundred per cent demonstrably false. Where you been, man?
    Was the Walt/Mearsheimer book too expensive for you to buy? If that's the problem, let Kim know your PO Box & I'll go see if the local "Antiwar" group still has any of the copies I donated last month. I they do I'll send you one, postage paid. Hmmm, it should be in public libraries by now; the furor has somewhat died down so there might not be a long waiting list like before?

    Haven't you been following any of Grant Smith's exhaustive documentation of the unique status arms of the Jewish State (sic) enjoy vis a vis US law, Department of Justice, FBI and all other Law Enforcement bodies?

    Everytime James Petras publishes an article, it's immediately posted here on DV; this has been DV SOP since at least 2006. Haven't you bothered to read ANY of them?

    Petras' paperback books are available online, both new and used, REALLY cheap. Except the new one that just came out, for that go to Clarity Press, Atlanta, only about fifteen bucks.

    Here's a book that provides documented evidence that your statement is wildly at variance with the facts: "Jews in America Today" by Lenni Brenner. Yes Lenni is a Trokstyite which I am not, but his scholarship is unimpeachable.

    Another good source is the work of Stephen D Isaacs, who is no Trosktyist but a very conventional Liberal Zionist, far to the right of Chumsky et al.

    But you can just google "Jewish Success In America" and Shazam: you'll be confronted by pages and pages of self-congratulatory sociology.

    There's no serious question that "the Jews" (sic) are the most powerful element in the US Capitalist rulingclass. The question is how they did it, how they were able to pull it off, how they managed to hijack the traditional WASP's power structure, to turn it into a wholy owned subsidiary, with hardly a squawk from the ripoffees.

    This at first glance astounding development becomes easier to understand as soon as you take a close look at developments in the realm of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate over the last few decades. For instance, does the name Ivan Boesky mean anything to you?

  6. bozh said on September 27th, 2010 at 3:23pm #

    I do not distinguish between land theft with murder and expulsion in mind [yes, premeditated] and capitalism???

    Ok! I don’t even know what capitalism does; i.e, enumerate all instances and practices of capitalism. And are we talking only about american capitalism?
    Are we talking about any capitalism, but sans people?

    Is a hobo part of it? I think yes! So, let’s se what a hobo does in capitalism? A bankster’s doings in capitalism wdl be more interesting; however, they won’t reveal how they make oodles of money. Or will they?
    If they don’t tell what exactly they are doing there goes the chance of ever knowing capitalism!

    Hopefully, i am making myself clear about what i think about capitalism?

    Chomsky declared self an anarchist. I declared self an egalitarian and protutoring and for guidance. Chomsky does not favor equal earnings for equal needs.
    He’s often attacked bolsheviks who championed just what i do. He’s proisrael and i deny israel’s right to exist. I am for ROR and BDS– he’s against that.

    As for what chomskyism is, i wld explain it like i explained capitalism. I simply don’t know all he does says and thinks; thus it is quite likely that we may agree on at least one issue among thousands.
    Well, i may even be in agreement with hitler and i’d be a nazi if one wld follow ur reasoning!

    Deadbeat, u avoid to say that what ‘jews’ do in US [for it or against it] is legal and in a nations governed solely by laws. And that’s the omega!
    Mind u, that’s not true since US is a lawless empire or to be exact, laws are interpretative and ‘jews’ as well as anglosaxons et al interpret them.
    It’s all legal and part of Greatness of America and God Bless America! tnx

  7. 3bancan said on September 27th, 2010 at 3:49pm #

    MichaelKenny said on September 27th, 2010 at 7:48am #

    “The other way to break the Israel Lobby’s stranglehold on the US body politic is to break American power. In fact, the latter is probably much easier than trying to break the Lobby’s stranglehold.”

    A new version of the old song: “Don’t touch the Jews!” …

  8. teafoe2 said on September 27th, 2010 at 3:55pm #

    Amazing! Another savant who has no difficulty holding two mutally exclusive propositions in his mind at the same time!

    Bozh, you sometimes display some human sounding instincts. But man are you ignorant.

    Instead of blabbing your head off everyday here on DV, why don’t you take a break and do a little homework on the topics you presume to pontificate about?



  9. bozh said on September 27th, 2010 at 4:03pm #

    Let me please rephrase and expand on my assumption [at this time i am only guessing and not a bit ashamed for that] that rich ‘jews’ do not influence US foreign policy more than other plutos.
    This statement i find now quite crude, inadequate and inexact. So i am looking for better linguistic structure that wld correspond to actualities..
    See if i can pull it off before my wife tells me to get off my ass and scrub some burned pots.

    We may start with the fact that the label “jew” symbolizes a cult and not any particular ethnicity. Not so with a catholic, baptist, anglican, etc.

    Since there is no other cult involved with US governance save ‘jewishness’, we cannot compare it with an ethnicity of lutherans or baptists.
    Surely, US ruling class knows this; i.e., that they are dealing with a cult.
    And is the crowd that shouts USA USA, USA afraid of it?

    No! That crowd is willing to die for that cult! But why? Beats me! One plausible assumption appears that christianity is in mortal combat with islam and ‘jews’ are willing to die to keep the ‘holy’ [accursed] land for christians.
    And ‘jews’ not onto this yet!? Remember they are all nuts! tnx

  10. 3bancan said on September 27th, 2010 at 4:30pm #

    teafoe2 said on September 27th, 2010 at 3:55pm #

    “Instead of blabbing your head off everyday here on DV, why don’t you take a break and do a little homework on the topics you presume to pontificate about?”

    I’ve known Bozh for a few years and I’d say that any argument with him is just a pure waste of time. Every his comment tells the reader why he was “last in his class”.
    By the way, I stopped reading his blather after reading his comments in which he, the self-professed “humanist”, described the liberating of Palestine of 4 Jewish genociders by the Palestinian freedom/liberation fighters as a crime and branded as criminals all those millions of heroes who gave their lives to free Europe from the German nazi barbarity…

  11. GLebowski said on September 27th, 2010 at 4:39pm #

    You’re all delusional. Dr Evil does everything.

  12. teafoe2 said on September 27th, 2010 at 5:43pm #

    Bosh ol’ buddy, only in Isreal is “who is a jew” decided by religious criteria. And even there the religious affiliation of the citizen’s Mother is what counts, not the citizen’s own affilation, attendance at Synagogue, adherence to Kosher etc.

    Here in the US it’s only a minority of those who identify as Jews who are also believers in any version of the Mosaic faith.

    There are many many US Jews, religious, secular, converted to other religions, who are staunch opponents of Zionism and all its works. And Zionists come in all flavors. Zionism is a movement based on an idea of a National Identity, not one adherence to Judaism, not on how big your nose is or what DNA you happen to carry.

    Zionist Nationalism is based on a fiction… but a fiction that has been internalized by a big enough “critical mass” of Jews that it has become a material force in the real world.

    Get it through your head, Bozh: it is NOT Judaism that unites the Zionists or other Judeo-centric US Jews: it is, rather, the Zionist ideology, along with deeply felt identification with the ingroup they find themselve willynilly a part of. Group Solidarity: that one Jew is religious and keeps Kosher does not prevent him from recognising a secular individual as a Fellow Jew, a fellow member of the Chosen People.

  13. bozh said on September 27th, 2010 at 5:48pm #

    I don’t know the number of times i have said that pal’ns are actually morally and legally obligated to resist occupators of their land by any means whatsoever.

    Actually my home twn of 16 k in littoral croatia lost 1000 people fighting first italians until sept ’43 and germans until ’45.
    My dad was interned in italy because he was aiding partisans. Three youths next door to our house were executed by fascist italians. My dad was not executed only because he had three children.
    My two aunts, four uncles, and one cousin were all partisan fighters. I was only nine in ’41. If had been 15 i wld have also joined partisans.

    But i am not surprised by attacks against a strong socialist who’d vote for a communist party before any. Next time i’ll do just that!
    It is not the first time i have encountered posters who come on as defenders of justice, equality only to attack most devoted socialists.
    And why? Is it because they ‘know’ their beloved fascist state is run by a fascist cult and some of us don’t know that.

    What these people want is to have pal’ns fight ‘jews’ while they enjoy the spectacle; instead of them fighting own ‘jews’ at home or going to gaza and fight ‘jews’ from there.

    And for some reason DV editors allow them to call people names and even to slander people in order to get them to leave the site. I think some people have left this site just because of such ultra right wingers! tnx

  14. bozh said on September 27th, 2010 at 6:14pm #

    Bears repeating even tho i have said this numerous times: any human who calls or deems self [but keeps it to self] a “jew”, clings either to a relative and culture of his relatives who were or are ‘jews’ or to the mosheic cult.
    Burden is now not mine to find out to what degree a ‘jew’ clings to the mosheic cult.
    Or else own up to ur ethnicity, choose none or say i am an american of, say, lettish, polish, german ancestry but with noses inherited from caucasus people, circasians, scythians, khazaks, khazars et al.

    Furthermore, if any ‘jew’ obeys just one torahic command, say, u shall be lender and not borrower or u shall have servants and not serve others which many ‘jews’ follow as most of them are banksters, lawyers, actors, judges, psychiatrists, doctors, actors, s/he’s cultist.
    Or does one think that ‘jews’ are smarter than us goyim? Well, i don’t! tnx

  15. Deadbeat said on September 27th, 2010 at 6:30pm #

    Bozh writes …

    I do not distinguish between land theft with murder and expulsion in mind [yes, premeditated] and capitalism???

    Are we going to have a repeat of the Hammond thread? I don’t have time for this crap. Bozh you DON’T KNOW what the hell you are talking about. Zionism is much more than “land theft”. Your arguments are just more of the same Chomskyite excuses for RACISM.

  16. bozh said on September 27th, 2010 at 6:31pm #

    Well, i am off to bed. Just to say i give no hoot what zionism is and who jews accept as jews and how-when-where-why.
    I only care what any ‘jew’ does or says. And no christian can be a ‘jew’ anyway! Because all christian belong to an ethnicity and its culture, language, etc.
    Hey, we all came from a people or peoples. if u don’t know which– and in my case i don’t– i am not gonna call self a gypsy and demand germany pay me for my sufferings? Ok, maybe i shld! tnx

  17. Deadbeat said on September 27th, 2010 at 7:52pm #

    3bancan writes …

    A new version of the old song: “Don’t touch the Jews!” …

    Correct! Challenging Zionism in the U.S. today IS same as challenging “American” power.

  18. catguy00 said on September 27th, 2010 at 8:21pm #

    Ok so Zionism is more than “land theft”? What else more is it?

  19. catguy00 said on September 27th, 2010 at 10:01pm #

    Any answer outside of sarcasm?

  20. teafoe2 said on September 27th, 2010 at 11:00pm #

    The beauty of BDS is that it affords a way to bypass the MSM and the institutional spouters of the Conventional Wisdom/Crackpot Reality, and go directly to a sparse but existent constituency with a discourse which is lightyears closer to the truth.

    The problem arises when we see Chompsky and the Little Chompskies charging en masse to get on the BDS bandwagon, which puts them in a position to keep BDS demands and supporting discourse imprisoned within the so-called “Green Line”.

    The challenge of our time is how to use opportunities to “coalition” with creepy outfits like JVP to get ourSELVEs in a position to make our very different message heard by the broad mass of activists who at present are ready to listen to an account of Zionism’s dossier that diverges from the Official Version we see on TV every day.

    How do we do our job without getting submerged by the Chomskyites and their verbal tsunami?


  21. Deadbeat said on September 27th, 2010 at 11:43pm #

    How do we do our job without getting submerged by the Chomskyites and their verbal tsunami?

    This is the million dollar question. We’ve seen this with the anti-war movement and the “War for Oil ™” canard. As Jeff Gates points out about psy-ops that all it to do is sound credible and unfortunately outfits like JVP with the help of the Amy Goodman – foundation controlled “Left” media provides Chomskyites with credibility.

    This is going to be a tough battle because our ranks will be made out to be cranks and “extremists”. However what I think will win more people over to our side is that the “Left” will continue to lose credibility because Zionism know no bounds. They are supremacist racist who goal is total dominance. More and more people are seeing through Israel and the Zionist lobby extremism and this will be their undoing.

    The paradox as I see it is that while the “Left” defends Zionism they are also weakening the Left that is very much need to challenge neo-liberalism (Capitalism). This is causing all kind of unusual alliances to develop and also causing confusion as well. Who knows where all of this is going to take us or what will develop.

    I guess the best thing to do is to continue to speak out and educate, educate, and educate and take advantage of strategic openings like BDS. That’s the best hope that I can think of.

  22. Deadbeat said on September 27th, 2010 at 11:45pm #

    bozh writes …

    Well, i am off to bed. Just to say i give no hoot what zionism is and who jews accept as jews and how-when-where-why.

    Sweet Dreams!

  23. bozh said on September 28th, 2010 at 6:41am #

    So enlighten me about zionism being more than land theft or colonialism-imperialism. List please all of its traits u know of. Include also please goyim and ‘jews’ who support some or all of its traits, goals, etc.

    And why u now drop the accusation that i did not know the difference between capitalism and zionism; while omitting to tell us what the differences are between these two phenomena.

    I am puzzled why u read my comments which u evaluate as “crap”. tnx

  24. catguy00 said on September 28th, 2010 at 7:14pm #

    Deadbeat wrote:
    “The paradox as I see it is that while the “Left” defends Zionism they are also weakening the Left ”

    Of course you appear to have an extremely broad definition of what Zionism is. Sometimes I’m not even aware that I am defending it. ie – calling for a two state solution.

  25. 3bancan said on September 28th, 2010 at 7:31pm #

    catguy00 said on September 28th, 2010 at 7:14pm #
    “Of course you appear to have an extremely broad definition of what Zionism is. Sometimes I’m not even aware that I am defending it. ie – calling for a two state solution.”

    It’s superfluous for catguy to acknowledge he is a zionazi. One can see that in every one of his comments…

  26. mary said on September 29th, 2010 at 11:57pm #

    Soros and his donations to J Street.