Sunday, November 15, 2009
The Israel Lobby
For many years now the American foreign policy has been characterized by the strong tie between the United States and Israel. Does the United States in fact keep Israel on its feet? And how long will it continue to do so? In March 2006 the American political scientists John Mearsheimer (University of Chicago) and Steve Walt (Harvard) published the controversial article 'The Israel Lobby and US foreign policy'. In it they state that it is not, or no longer, expedient for the US to support and protect present-day Israel. The documentary sheds light on both parties involved in the discussion: those who wish to maintain the strong tie between the US and Israel, and those who were critical of it and not infrequently became 'victims' of the lobby. The question arises to what extend the pro-Israel lobby ultimately determines the military and political importance of Israel itself. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (Colin Powell's former chief-of-staff) explains how the lobby's influence affects the decision-making structure in the White House.
With political scientist John Mearsheimer, neocon Richard Perle, lobby organization AIPAC, televangelist John Hagee, historian Tony Judt, Human Rights Watch director Kenneth Roth, colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Democrat Earl Hilliard, Israeli peace negotiator Daniel Levy and investigative journalist Michael Massing.
Research: William de Bruijn
Director: Marije Meerman
For more information visit http://www.vpro.nl/programma/tegenlic...
Category: News & Politics
Tags: Obama Israel lobby US Powell WMD Perle AIPAC Roth Wilkerson Mearsheimer Judt Massing Levy Hagee Hilliard UN Iraq Biden
Editor's Note: Due to the influence of the Lobby, this film could not be filmed by the United States mediaplex but rather by a news station in the Netherlands. The topic of Israeli influence in the United States is one which faces incredible censorship whenever there is an attempt to discuss it. At the heart of this matter is AIPAC, a powerful organization who influences US policy. The Israeli Lobby influence is so strong in both parties that relationship between the US and Israel will probably not change regardless of whether Republicans or Democrats are elected. In order to understand U.S. policy in the so-called "Middle East", one should first understand AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee). Mearsheimer and Walt's paper was later compiled into a book with the same title The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. They do an impeccable job in documenting the socio-political workings of the Israel Lobby but fail to expose the Talmudic-Kabbalistic underpinnings and infuences that drive the Lobby beast. Without an acute understanding of the spiritual arm of the Zionists, we will continue to chase rabbits and not capture the fox.