Friday, March 17, 2006

'Groundbreaking' Study: U.S. Middle East policy motivated by pro-Israel lobby

Hold your breath for this one folks, and prepare to be blown away: according to a truly earth-shattering new study published Thursday by researchers from Harvard University and the University of Chicago, U.S. Middle East policy is not in America's national interest and is motivated primarily by the country's pro-Israel lobby.

And it took Ivy League professors to figure this out? Tell us something we don't know!

In all seriousness, though the conclusions couldn't be more obvious if they were to hit them in the face (then, Einstein was self-admittedly a slow learner too), it took guts for Meirsheimer and Walt (with whom I took classes) to publish something like this given what lengths I'm sure Dershowitz and company will go to discredit them and label them anti-semites. In the report, they 'dare' to question the U.S.'s unqualified support for Israel as well as Israel's strategic value, democracy, and alleged moral superiority, and surmise that the lobby may be damanging to the interests of Israel itself.

"Unlike the US, where people are supposed to enjoy equal rights irrespective of race, religion or ethnicity, Israel was explicitly founded as a Jewish state and citizenship is based on the principle of blood kinship. Given this, it is not surprising that its 1.3 million Arabs are treated as second-class citizens, or that a recent Israeli government commission found that Israel behaves in a ‘neglectful and discriminatory’ manner towards them. Its democratic status is also undermined by its refusal to grant the Palestinians a viable state of their own or full political rights."

Finally, someone saying it like it is.


Blogger Moses said...

Yeah, I was thinking "Stop the presses!"

12:02 AM  
Blogger LadyCroc said...

I knew it!
Let the word spread and the world listen. They cannot hide the truth forever.
Thank you for blogging, sister, keep your chin up!

12:14 AM  
Blogger Zak said...

I am shocked..I mean US policy has always been guided by principles of balance, human rights and fairness NOT

2:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sad part is, here in the US we don't hear about this study at all. Its not even up for debate!!

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know I heard Aaron Miller (ex State Department) refering to Israel as 'ethnic democracy', in a talk with college students in London.
As a Israeli I think AIPAC is a disaster. In many ways AIPAC is not really about Israel: it's about Jewish identity in the USA, and supporting Israel is one of the ways to be Jewish today. But it's also about subsidising the US defence industry, since most of the US aid has to be spent there.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not support suicide bombings but I can understand the feelings behind it.......What else do they have to live for, when they are oppressed & abused and watch their loved ones die on a regular basis by the Israel.

11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both Mearsheimer and Walt, whom I have taken classes with as well, are NOT pro-Palestinian. They are realists. If you read the report it was particularly mealy-mouthed when it came to the actual need to defend Israel. They made it clear that they continue to support Israel.

Moreover, I don't think the lobby is as "obviously" powerful as you suggest. I think there is much self-interested mythology involved with perpetuates feelings of inadequacy and defeatism on Palestinian and pro-Palestinians' part.

Whatever. I liked Joseph Massad's thrashing of the idiocy and diseased nature of the Walt Mearsheimer critique. He dissects the stupidity of this obsession with the Israeli lobby well.

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Palestinians usually get it wrong. If you are under an occupying force for 58 years you will always get it wrong. He who wins the war writes the history. The first civilian attacks with bombs were by the Israelis early in the invasion of Palestein.
Don't use the holecaust as your explanation of all your problems.
What you are doing to the Palestinians is close to what you went through in WWII.

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry to disappoint, but Harvard has distanced himself from this "study," and one of the authors has been demoted from his position as department head. Even among those who would like to believe this garbage, most acknowledge that the "scholarship" is shoddy and an embarrassment to academics everywhere.

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That should be "itself," referring to Harvard.

11:47 PM  

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