US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's speech at the
American Task Force for Palestine's inaugural dinner in Washington on
Wednesday evening was but the latest sign that America's alliance with
Israel is weakening.
Leftist Jews from the
Democratic Party such as George Soros, Peter Lewis, the Bronfmans, Semour
Reich, Howard Dean and others, are in the process of forming an
organization to undermine the support of Israel.
Rice's statement that "there could be no greater legacy for America
than to help to bring into being a Palestinian state," just about says
it all. The secretary of state of a president who was once friendlier to
Israel than any of his predecessors now claims that the establishment of
a state for a people who have distinguished themselves as the most
overtly pro-jihad, terrorist society in the world, would be the greatest
thing American could ever do.
Unfortunately, unless concerted steps are taken by the Israeli
government, Israeli citizens and the American Jewish community, the
downward trend in relations with the US will only get worse. Perhaps most upsetting is the central role
that a tiny minority of American Jews has played in souring ties between
Jerusalem and Washington. That minority has undermined support for
Israel in the Democratic Party and now seeks to undermine Israel's
position in the US in general.
The Democratic Party's sharp
turn leftward in recent years has been a major factor in weakening the
US-Israel alliance. The ideological transformation of the party
is the fruit of a collaborative effort by leading financiers,
radical-leftist ideologues and political activists. Together these
forces built organizations that dictate the party's agenda; finance the
campaigns of politicians who embrace this agenda; and work to defeat
conservative Republicans and Democrats who disagree with their agenda.
MoveOn.org is the most influential organization of this type
established in recent years. Its principal financiers are American
Jewish billionaires George Soros and Peter Lewis.
MoveOn.org first gained national prominence during the 2004
Democratic presidential primaries. Howard Dean, a previously
undistinguished governor of Vermont, was an eminently forgettable
also-ran with a reputation among the few who knew of him as a political
moderate who was hawkish on national security. Then he was discovered by
As the group began pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into his
campaign,Dean veered to the left and began roundly condemning the war in
Iraq. Caught off-balance by Dean's challenge, all but one of the other
candidates shifted left as well and joined him in criticizing the war.
For his principled refusal to disavow the war in Iraq, Connecticut
Senator Joseph Lieberman earned the enduring enmity of MoveOn.org.
This summer, MoveOn.org played a central role in Lieberman's defeat
in the Democratic primary for his Senate seat. It contributed funds to
Lieberman's opponent, Ned Lamont, and its Web site served as a
clearinghouse disseminating anti-Lieberman propaganda.
Propaganda posted on the Web site was laced with blatant anti-Semitic
attacks. Postings repeatedly referred to Lieberman as "the Jew
Lieberman," and "ZioNazi Lieberman." These attacks were by no means
unusual. Indeed, anti-Semitic slurs against Israel and Jewish
Americans, and belittlements of the Holocaust, appear regularly in
MoveOn.org Web forums.
In a representative post, a MoveOn.org member compared President
George W. Bush negatively to Adolf Hitler, writing, "Bush is no Hitler.
Hitler was a socialist and believed in something beside money. He did
not dodge real military service and he believed at least in Germany,
which was a real nation and not a corporation like the US. Moreover,
Hitler did not use depleted uranium and phosphorous to burn people
alive. He did not condone the torture of prisoners 'for fun' or 'to
According to a Jewish Telegraphic Agency report, Soros and his
wealthy Jewish American friends have now decided to aim their fire
directly at Israel. Soros has invited
Lewis and other North American Jewish plutocrats like Charles and Edgar
Bronfman to join forces with him and leftist Jewish American
organizations including American Friends of Peace Now, the Israel Policy
Forum, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, and the Reform movement's Religious Action
Center to form a political lobby that will weaken the influence of the
pro-Israel lobby AIPAC.
Many of the individuals and organizations associated with the
initiative have actively worked to undermine Israel. Soros caused a
storm in 2003 when, during a fund-raising conference for Israel he
alleged that Israel was partially responsible for the rise in
anti-Semitic violence in Europe because of its harsh response to
In November 2005, the leaders of the Israel Policy Forum met with
Rice and pushed her to dismiss Israel's legitimate security concerns
regarding the operation of the Gaza Strip's border crossing points at
Rafah and Karni. Following their advice, Rice aggressively and publicly
pressured Israel to make dangerous concessions to the Palestinians that
involved Israel's relinquishment of effective control over its own
After Israel capitulated to Rice and an agreement was reached, Semour
Reich, one of the founders of the Israel Policy Forum, crowed, "I have
no doubt that we bolstered the secretary of state's instincts and
strengthened her opinion that aggressive American involvement was needed
to achieve practical results."
Ahead of then-prime minister Ariel Sharon's scheduled visit with Bush
in the summer of 2003, Edgar Bronfman, president of the World Jewish
Congress, wrote a letter to Bush along with former secretary of state
Lawrence Eagleburger expressing opposition to the security barrier and
asking the president to treat Sharon in the same manner he had treated
PA leader Mahmoud Abbas.
Weeks later, Bronfman criticized the Palestinians for not limiting
their terrorist assaults to Israeli residents of Judea, Samaria and the
Gaza Strip. In a media interview he said, "If the Palestinian
suicide bombers only went to the settlements and told the whole world
they were wrong, then the whole world would have had a case against
Israel and there would be a two-state solution by now. Instead, they
sent them into Israel proper, which is ghastly."
After Hamas's electoral victory in January, American Friends of
Peace Now, Israel Policy Forum and Brit Tzedek v'Shalom came together in
an ad-hoc coalition to shield the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority from
Congressional sanctions. Together they worked to sink the
Palestinian Anti-Terror Act, which enjoyed overwhelming support in the
Congress and the Senate and was backed by AIPAC. The legislation was
designed to update US policy toward the PA in the wake of Hamas's
ascendance to power.
The bill called for the immediate cessation not only of direct US aid
to the PA but also for the cut-off of US assistance to nongovernmental
and UN organizations operating in the PA that had connections to
terrorist organizations. The bill defined the PA as a terrorist
sanctuary and consequently would have barred the entry of PA officials
to and the operation of PA offices in the US, and placed travel
restrictions on PA and PLO representatives to the UN. The bill also
would have prohibited US officials from having any contacts with
officials from Hamas, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, Islamic Jihad and the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
The bill was approved by an enormous majority in the House of
Representatives. Yet, due to the lobbying efforts of this group of
Jewish leftists, the Senate version was greatly watered down, and
included a presidential waiver that rendered the bill more or less
declaratory. Since there was little common ground between the two
versions of the bill, the Palestinian Anti-Terror Act was scuttled.
According to the JTA account, Soros would like to institutionalize
the ad-hoc coalition's success in undermining the Palestinian
Anti-Terror Act in a new lobby. Its founders all insist that theirs is a
pro-Israel group. Yet scrutiny of the groups' organizational and
individual members' actions leads to the inevitable conclusion that far
from acting to promote Israel, this new lobby will work to weaken
Israel, to weaken the Israel-American alliance and to strengthen
Israel's enemies. While its Jewish
founders insist that they are pro-Israel, the fact of the matter is that
they are about to establish an American Jewish anti-Israel lobby.
To its discredit, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's government took no
steps to stymie the coalition's machinations against the Palestinian
Anti-Terror Act. Indeed, since 2003, Israel's governments have gone out
of their way to applaud these groups. Olmert's now infamous speech in
June 2005 where he said, "We are tired of fighting, we are tired of
being courageous, we are tired of winning, we are tired of defeating our
enemies," was made at the Israel Policy Forum's annual dinner.
BUT FOR all that, it is not too late to change course. The Jewish
American anti-Israel lobby is scheduled to be launched on October 26.
Now is the time for the Olmert government to forthrightly announce that
the new lobby is not pro-Israel, but rather anti-Israel.
Even if the government does no such thing, Israel's citizens have a
responsibility to explain to the organized American Jewish community and
to its umbrella organization, the Conference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations, that we, the citizens of the largest
Jewish community in the world, view these groups as anti-Zionist.
Israeli citizens should request an explanation for the inclusion of some
of these groups in pro-Israel umbrella organizations like the Conference
of Presidents when their goal is to weaken Israel, to weaken Israel's
alliance with the US and to strengthen Israel's enemies. Israeli
citizens can and should send letters and e-mails to this effect to the
Conference at its New York offices.
One of the great strengths of the American Jewish community is its
pluralism. On a religious level, all communities - from the
ultra-Orthodox to the ultra-Reform - are recognized as Jewish
communities. But there is a line that everyone knows may not be crossed.
By the same token, the vast majority of American Jews support Israel.
As is the case with religious observance, this support runs the gamut
from disciples of Meir Kahane to followers of Yossi Sarid. But everyone
knows that organizations like Not in My Name, which acts as the Jewish
American branch of the International Solidarity Movement, seeks to
undermine IDF operations and makes common cause with Israel's enemies,
are not Zionist organizations.
Jews who work to weaken Israel's security, undermine Israel's
relations with the US and strengthen Israel's enemies take themselves
beyond the broad tent of the American Jewish pro-Israel community.
Israel's alliance with the US is based on the fact that most
Americans support Israel. American support for Israel finds its roots in
foundations as diverse as religion, politics, morality, security,
culture and economics. While the alliance is visibly weakened, its
foundations remain solid. To rebuild American political support for
Israel and to enhance the US-Israel alliance, it is imperative that
Israel be capable of understanding the nature of this support. This
understanding begins by making distinctions between our many friends and
our foes and acting on these distinctions. Not all of our friends are Jews and not all
Jews are our friends.
Caroline B. Glick is the senior Middle East fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., and the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post, where this article first appeared.
American Jews - wake up! The anti-semitism of the 21st Century is
coming from the left not the right.
The support of Israel by the United States will be considerably
weakened by these self-hating leftist Jewish organizations like
MoveOn.org, Peace Now, Israel Policy Forum and others. These groups
purport to be pro-Israel, but they are clearly not.
American and Israeli Jews need to oppose these movements that want to
destroy the relationship between the United States and its ally, Israel.
Posted at Bear to the Right by Gary Aminoff