The annual ritual of ass-kissing and allegiance-swearing
It’s that time of the year again. Time for our elected officials to swear their allegiance, not to the United States of America, but to a foreign state thousands of miles away called Israel. The yearly AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference is one rare event where the partisan bickering normally witnessed in Washington dissolves and members from both the Democratic and the Republican parties hold hands and sing in unison “Hail to Israel”.
What is so special about Israel that “more than half the members of the House and Senate attended Monday night’s dinner” at the conference and that a leading Democrat was overheard in a wiretap promising to seek leniency for two pro-Israel lobbyists, who were indicted for giving classified information to foreign agents? Is it because they are all Christian Zionists believing that the return of Jews to the Holy Land is a precursor to Armageddon? Or do they actually believe the myth that Israel is the “only democracy in the Middle East”, where non-Jewish Israelis are treated like second class citizens?
I cannot even fathom a pro-China lobbying group hosting an event where members of congress swear – on their moms’ lives – one after another to support China and to protect it from its enemies at any cost. A concerned citizen would have justifiably questioned the loyalty of our elected officials, had they attended the imaginary pro-China event similar to the AIPAC Policy Conference. The pro-Israel lobby, aka the Lobby, has done precisely that and has been able to shield itself from the legitimate question on where their loyalty belongs by playing the “anti-semitic” card. Had i done to China what those in the Lobby have been doing to support Israel, there is no doubt in my mind that my loyalty would have been scrutinized, and rightfully so. And yet, some pro-Israel supporters at the conference have the chutzpah to regard the question on their loyalty as “unfair” and “toxic” and that they find the dual loyalty issue “offensive”. Dig a little deeper on the legitimate question of loyalty and you will soon find yourself dealing with accusations of being an anti-semite.
There is really nothing American about AIPAC. It might as well be known as Israel Public Affairs Committee. Our strategic interests do not go hand in hand with Israel’s. What is good for Israel is not always good for us. In fact, i would argue that our Israel-centric policy in the Middle East has been more of a liability than an asset. What is so successful about pro-Israel lobbying group like AIPAC is that it is able to hoodwink us into believing that we share the exact same interests, and that any threat to Israel is a threat to us. Our gutless politicians, Congressman Ron Paul and a handful of others excluded, got their balls grabbed by the Lobby in its power to elect and to keep them in office. So this annual ritual of one-upping each other to proclaim one’s loyalty to Israel continues unabated.