STREET - The New Smiling Zionist Lobby (Part 1)
by Mark Bruzonsky*
[Washington, DC - 29 October
2009] AIPAC, The American Israel Public
Affairs Committee, has done its job
for more than half a century. The Israeli Zionists, including
those who masterminded the new J Street creation, appreciate that and
know it will continue pushing and enforcing,
threatening and intimidating. The Big Bad Cop is not going away,
fact is more powerful than ever.
Still, the Israeli Zionists, themselves of somewhat different shades,
also know that different times call for different measures and
different tactics. They know as well that different people
different approaches and that the great majority of American Jews are
liberal, not conservative and certainly not neocon, and are solidly
behind Obama. They know as
well that liberal
American Jews are increasingly uneasy about an Israel too much in the
negative news and a "Jewish Lobby" too harsh and exposed.
And so, with the new J Street, it's not so much that they are hedging
their bets, rather they are simply playing all sides of the
street. It's a high-stakes political game that has been going on
for some time actually, J Street the latest big twist.
After the 1982 war the Israeli Zionists and their American Jewish
minions realized it was time to seriously start diversifying.
AIPAC, the Capitol
Hill giant, then created the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
(WINEP), which became
it's media and think-tank arm. Years before, JINSA, The Jewish
Institute for National Security Affairs, had been spun off to to deal
with the Pentagon. Other organizations, including ADL (seriously
as the Anti-Defamation League) and the Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish Organizations, were further bulked up to deal
with the White
House and State Department. Jewish/Zionist officials were
pushed into other branches of the U.S. government not so visible but
quite important, including the Treasury Department, the CIA, Voice of
America (VOA), and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/EL).
Many major magazines and media
organizations became controlled, and in some cases bought outright, by
Zionist personalities -- a few biggies like Marty Peretz, Mort
Zuckerman, Bill Kristol, and Norman Podhoretz actually publicly stating
they were pledged to help and defend Israel.
The Israeli/Jewish Lobby story has long been one far beyond
AIPAC in fact, though you would not know it from the J Street
In the past thirty years it has spun off
multiple organizations with
different portfolios, different targets, different styles, but one
overall goal -- nurturing the U.S. "Special Relationship" with Israel
and making sure massive amounts of political, military, and economic
support for the Jewish State
keep flowing through multiple pipelines and mechanisms no matter what.
The post 9/11 world, on top of the "Peace Process" collapse,
presented new dangers, challenges, and opportunities for further
expansion and diversification in the U.S.
AIPAC, JINSA, WINEP, ADL, and the Presidents Conference, especially in
combination, have been wildly
successful; but even so they have become more and more
associated with the
Jewish Neocons and the more hard-line Zionists. The same
for the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the World Jewish Congress
(WJC) which now play different roles with different constituencies in
in foreign capitals, and with the media.
The more centrist and greatly shrunken "liberal" Zionists needed new
groups of their own, and "liberal" American Jews needed to be given
some less hard-line and less antagonistic organizations to absorb
their monies and energies -- as well as to prevent any tough-minded,
truly independent, and non-Zionist-controlled movements from taking
J Street is the latest Zionist ploy, no matter what kinds of false
challenges about its bona fides are out there.
critical historical context is a quick review of other Israeli Zionist
in Washington in more recent years.
Right after 9/11, via Ariel Sharon's billionaire friend
Saban, the Israeli/Jewish lobby infiltrated the
Brookings Instituttion, created the Saban Center, and turned it over to
the same man who had first led WINEP years before, Martin Indyk.
The Good Cop, 'left wing', Democratic Party "think-tank" had come
into being. Meanwhile Martin's buddy, Dennis Ross -- now in
the Obama White House working in tandem with the other big-time Zionist
operative, non other than Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel -- was again put
in charge at WINEP. He had been on leave for a long "Peace
Process" run in both the Bush 41 and Clinton
Administrations where he also worked closely with
Indyk as well as Aaron
Miller, now dispatched to another controlled think-tank, the Woodrow
Wilson International Center for Scholars..
Then a few years ago, aware how
the powerful yet shrinking American Jewish community was being
challenged on the edges by churches, students, and activists, the
Zionist machine realized it needed to expand, block, and counter even
more. Walla! Energized by legions of Bible Thumping
For Israel (CUFI) was midwifed directly by AIPAC and has quickly become
a major political/financial force.
The CUFI conference a few months ago was far larger and more powerful
than J Street, filling the Washington Convention Center and drawing not
only the Israeli Ambassador but also the Prime Minister by
satellite. It's a marriage of convenience of course,
long-time severe ideological and religious differences; but even so a
very potent and
The Israeli Zionists were not content however to feed and energize the
hard-liners and right-wingers among them, especially as they realized
they were now entwined with
Christian Crusaders led by John Hagee.
They realized as well that they needed a major organization
"liberal Jews" who had now been seduced by the simplistic, not to
mention outdated, "Two State Solution" mantra. They also
needed some place for all those "Birthright Israel" graduates to
associate themselves, as many were not comfortable taking the same
hard-line AIPAC route of their parents. So former Knesset
Israeli operatives were dispatched and walla once again, in addition to
Americans For Peace Now and Jewish Voices for Peace already on the
scene (different stories to each of these) a new organization,
V'Shalom (BTV), was created in the years before J State. The two
by the way will soon
merge combining both the grass-roots and Washington lobby into one
energized and J Street operation.
This latest addition to the Israeli/Jewish Lobby, J Street, formally
this week with 1200 enthusiasts, repeated and incessant professions of
Israel", and a well bankrolled 3-day convention at the Grand Hyatt
It too is a
creation of Zionist agents without whom it never would have come to be
-- the two key operatives Daniel Levy, trained by Shimon Peres and
and David Kimche, long-time Mossad and Israeli Foreign Minstry
There are lots of nuances and details to this convoluted story that
can't be so quickly covered. But overall J
Street is a kind of smiling and engaging Jewish Lobby, yet one
still following the themes and under the thumb of the Israeli Zionist
machine. J Street purposefully has a different personality,
style, and attitude -- Obamaesque in fact. Indeed the
conference opened with a ringing endorsement from none other than the
President of Israel himself, Shimon Peres, followed by Tzipi Livni, the
Sharon's last party and the receipient of the most votes in the last
election. Then at the banquet King Abdullah from Amman toasted J
Street as did a significant Saudi official along with a few Arab
Ambassadors who came to show their support but declined to be publicly
identified or to speak. A few hours before to give a "keynote
speech" the Obama Administration sent none other than National Security
Adviser General James Jones.
To sum up:
When thinking J Street think
Israeli Zionist mainstream -- which is actually now in the government
as well as in the opposition at the same time -- and think Democratic
Party, today the ruling U.S. party.
And when thinking AIPAC
continue to think Israeli government -- which today is headed
by Netanyahu, Barak, and Lieberman as well as the Army and Mossad
establishments that transcend electoral politics and are coordinated by
the notorious Uzi Arad -- along with a large
collection of American Jewish power-brokers, money men, business and
publishing tycoons, military-industrial complex types, Jewish
Neocons, and Christian Zealots, all linked with key people in power
positions in both the Republican and Democratic Parties.
And so walla once again. The Good Cop, "left wing",
smiling Israeli/Jewish Zionist lobby has come to be in Washington in
the age of Obama. They say they have his back, but actually they
are there to push him forward, cheer him on, and make him their front
man via those who control his party and his White House for what now
should be called "The Two State Deception".
In fact, connect a few more dots that the J Streeters insist on
covering up, and you find that even as they purport to be so different
AIPAC, their own strings are actually being pulled by
two of the longest-time and most entrenched AIPAC-connected Washington
Zionist personalities of all time -- that's none other than Rahm
Emanuel and Dennis Ross now in tandem in charge of all matters
Israel-connected in the White House.
And one more thing! Don't be seduced by all the talk about
"peace" and "process"; the real preparations are for conflict and
war. Indeed, one of the most senior Israeli figures at the
Conference told me very clearly though very privately that there's not
going to be a real
Palestestinian State, "it's just not going to happen!". And when
Obama's General Jones took the stage at the conference he never even
mentioned that the largest ever joint U.S-Israel war games were taking
place throughout the very days of the J Street/Israel love-a-thon.
upcoming exclusively at
MiddleEast.Org and WashReport.com:
J STREET and the 'Two State Deception"
J STREET - Sons of Irgun (Part 3)
J STREET - Obama's Back or Front? (Part 4)
J STREET - Known by the Company You Keep (Part 5)
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* Mark Bruzonsky is a writer and speaker specializing
in U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. He was the first
Representative of the World
Jewish Congress and is intimately familiar with the situation in Israel
and among American Jews.
As a young journalist he met alone with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat
and helped convince him to make his historic trip to
Jerusalem that changed Middle East history. Bruzonsky's bio is at
Mark@Bruzonsky.com / (202) 495-1235 / contact on Skype at all times