Wednesday, September 04, 2013


(h/t Ken Hoop)
The Israel-Firsters are backing a strike against Syria and from that alone you could reasonably infer that such a move would be bad for America.  Here's some excerpts of a good summary by Mondoweiss:
Yesterday we noted that AIPAC had issued a statement strongly in support of a strike. Now it’s in “full court press,” its power on the line. Haaretz’s Chemi Shalev says the entire American Jewish establishment jumped off the fence to support the strike, yesterday:
The American Jewish establishment jumped off the fence on Tuesday and came out in full support of Congressional approval of President Barack Obama’s plans to launch a military strike against Syria’s chemical weapon capacity.
And Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren took the unusual step of expressing support for elements of President Obama’s statements on Syria, including his assertion that the Assad regime must be held accountable and that there should be “international consequences” for his use of chemical weapons.
The sudden unified burst of support for Obama’s request for Congressional authorization for a strike against Syria follows almost two weeks in which Jewish organizations have maintained a low profile on the August 21 chemical attack near Damascus and the American response to it.

1 comment:

Ken Hoop said...

Jim Lobe piles on. Go for it, Jim--necessary roughness, no flag!

"The administration's efforts to gain authorization have been significantly bolstered by the Israel lobby which, until Tuesday, had maintained a public silence on the issue. However, some of its more important institutions had been quietly pressing both the administration and lawmakers for a more aggressive policy toward Damascus for weeks, even before the alleged August 21 chemical attack that killed more than 1,400 people, according to the White House.

On Tuesday, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the lobby's most powerful group, came out strongly in support of the authorization, as did the Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organizations and the Anti-Defamation League.

They were followed by, among others, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), a group dominated by strongly anti-Obama wealthy donors who have provided millions of dollars to Republican campaigns and are closely associated with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party."