Is ‘Israel first’ a hot potato in 2020?

Is ‘Israel first’ a hot potato in 2020?

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) ignores Foreign Agent Registration Act orders since inception. It is an illegal entity in the US.


‘Never Bernie’ AIPAC now sounds a lot like a pro-Trump caucus, not a bipartisan pro-Israel lobby. But it has no choice

This past week AIPAC found a way to alienate just about everyone in the American political world.

After the group’s decision to run Facebook ads calling out some Democrats as “radicals” and “anti-Semitic” only to apologize for doing so, both liberals and conservatives were disgusted with the pro-Israel lobby, accusing it of political bias as well as incompetence.

But while there was much to criticize about its choices, maybe it’s time to acknowledge that in the 2020 election year, AIPAC has been given an impossible task with no possible path to success.

AIPAC’s Facebook ad calling “radicals” in the Democratic Party “anti-Israel” and “anti-Semitic”

The problem facing the pro-Israel lobby is that the political climate simply isn’t conducive to the way it has carried out its mission for the last several decades.

In more normal political times, it was easy for the group to act as an umbrella group uniting supporters of Israel from the right, left and center behind a common agenda of support for

“Israel’s” government and the “Jewish state’s” security.

The problem facing the pro-Israel lobby is that the political climate simply isn’t conducive to the way it has carried out its mission for the last several decades.

In more normal political times, it was easy for the group to act as an umbrella group uniting supporters of Israel from the right, left and center behind a common agenda of support for Israel’s government and the Jewish state’s security.

While it has long been accused of having a right-wing bias, that was largely a myth. AIPAC’s core operating principle was an effort to curry favor on both sides of the aisle.

Supporters in every state and congressional district in the United States had marching orders to cultivate friendships with any politician who might wind up in Congress,and the result was a powerful network that was fueled in part by donations and personal influence.

Elizabeth Warren Says Won’t Attend AIPAC Annual Conference in WashingtonJewish progressive group IfNotNow launches #SkipAIPAC campaign to pressure other candidates not to attend the pro-Israel lobby conference

But it also worked because both Republicans and Democrats rightly understood that support for Israel among American voters was a function of broad and popular consensus.

AIPAC has done its best to nurture that consensus with an almost religious insistence on bipartisanship even when that meant their support for a two-state solution was not quite in step with the Likud-led coalition that has governed Israel for the past 11 years.

Threading that needle was often difficult. But in 2020 it may actually be impossible.

The first obstacle to AIPAC’s ability to maintain at least a façade of bipartisanship rests on the fact that the Trump administration has given both Israel and its American friends more or less everything it has been demanding of every White House for the last 40 years.

Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal put him in sync with the lobby’s desperate battle to defeat President Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy accomplishment.

But with Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, support for its sovereignty on the Golan Heights, demands for the Palestinian Authority to halt its subsidies for terrorists and their families and now a peace plan that is heavily tilted toward the Jewish state, he’s left no room for the Democrats to compete with him for the title of Israel’s friend.

But since even the majority of Democrats who are longtime dedicated supporters of Israel opposes those Trump policies that AIPAC applauds – on Iran and the peace process – it’s difficult for the lobby to maintain its traditional stance of bipartisanship.

At the same time, AIPAC is broadly supportive of efforts by centrist Democrats to prevent their party from being hijacked by left-wingers that don’t share their friendly attitude toward Israel. 

In the lead up to the Iowa caucus, the Democratic Majority for Israel, a year-old political action group and super PAC, invested heavily in negative ads aimed at derailing the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Mark Mellman, the veteran Democratic strategist who leads the group, told me that its efforts – which are funded by the party’s leading pro-Israel donors – helped steer late deciding voters away from the Vermont Democratic Socialists.

It’s in that context that the AIPAC Facebook ads that so offended Democrats must be seen. For centrist pro-Israel Democrats, the problem with Sanders is not just that he is the most critical toward Israel of all the Democrats. It’s that the left-wing activist base that is fueling his candidacy is also largely hostile toward the Jewish state.

Sanders is backed by Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich), who are supporters of the BDS movement and are accused of (by 5th column Zionists) using anti-Semitic language and tropes in their criticisms of Israel’s supporters. 

Sanders’ surge and the apparent collapse of support for the centrists’ favorite candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, has left the Democratic Majority for Israel and its allies in full stop-Sanders mode.

Which is undoubtedly why AIPAC was following the Super PAC’s lead when it ran ads that alleged that “radicals in the Democratic Party are pushing their anti-Israel and anti-Semitic agenda down the throats of the American people.” 

That was a clear shot at Omar and Tlaib. But singling those two women out in a manner reminiscent of the broadsides Trump has aimed at them offended some of AIPAC’s Democratic friends – both because they are leery of taking them on, and also because it seemed to imply that the problem is bigger than just those two BDS supporters.

Faced with criticism from those Democrats who are supportive of Israel, AIPAC had to apologize and take the ads down. 

But doing that angered right-wingers who, not unreasonably, pointed out that what AIPAC had done was to intervene in a Democratic civil war on the side of supporters of Israel.

The Jewish right already thought AIPAC’s reflexive bipartisanship was obsolete in a political environment in which the GOP is a lockstep pro-Israel party, while the Democrats are increasingly split on whether to support it.

But this incident only strengthened that conviction.

That won’t stop AIPAC continuing with business as usual on Capitol Hill in which it works with its friends in both parties. And its annual conference in March will undoubtedly highlight the fact that a record number of Democratic members of Congress went to Israel last year and that Omar and Tlaib aren’t representative of their party’s beliefs.

But with anti-Zionist groups like IfNotNow going all out to persuade Democrats to skip the AIPAC conference this year – a stance that Sen. Elizabeth Warren appeared to endorse – the issue for the group is not whether its doing enough to woo Democrats, but the fact that there may no longer be any neutral ground between the parties to which the lobby can rally its liberal supporters.

At a time of unprecedented hyper-partisanship,and with the possibility that support for Israel will be a point of partisan contention in the fall presidential campaign – especially if the Democrats nominate Bernie Sanders, it’s hard to see how AIPAC can continue to navigate between the parties.

It just isn’t possible to attack Democrats who are anti-Israel without sounding pro-Trump.

While it’s easy to criticize the pro-Israel lobby for its missteps, the real problem is that at a time when Democrats are divided on Israel and Trump is tilting hard toward the Jewish state all the time, AIPAC is just being asked to do something that may no longer be possible.

Israel Lobby: Lecture Conflicting with The Truth

Here’s a BIG boo boo: He says:  “The early Zionist leaders (?) bore the psychic scars and traumas of the bloodlands of East Central Europe from which they came.
They carried the terrible burden of the Nazi genocide that took the lives of their family members and some six million Jews.”

Is he kidding?  Is he misinformed or is he misleading? I see this a lot. Some historian or journalist has got everything right, and then they flop when it comes to the holocaust. Why is this? The early Zionist leaders were Rothschild Zionists, the first president being Chaim Weizmann. And who doesn’t know by now that there was no such 6 million Jews ‘exterminated’ in the holocaust? 
International Red Cross Document confirms that 271 thousand people died in the German Concentration camps during World War 2. Not 6 million Jews.
271 Thousand is a lot less than 6 million. And they weren’t all Jews. Churchill ended up slaughtering almost 90,000 German civilians.

The Untold Holocaust: Allied Forces’ Treatment of Germans

Chaim Weizmann, a Zionist leader and Israeli statesman who served as President of the Zionist Organization and later as the first President of Israel. Nice chap, eh? These leaders were Satanic Rothschild’s chosen ones. They did not suffer, they caused suffering!

Another example is David Talbot’s Devil’s Chessboard. The whole book goes well until he get to the holocaust where one would think he is adverting the official version on the Zionist’s behalf. It’s remarkable.

Note: David’s Talbot’s book received instant publicity, fanfare and rave reviews.

A few excerpts from Talbot’s book:

Perhaps not surprisingly, then, when young Allen Dulles was serving in the U.S. embassy in Turkey, his first overseas posting after World War I, he fell for the most notorious anti-Jewish fabrication in history.

One day the young American diplomat was given a copy of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion by a British reporter who had fished the scurrilous document out of a secondhand bookstore in Istanbul’s old European quarter.

The Protocols purported to offer a secret plan for Jewish world domination, and included tales about Christian children being sacrificed for Passover feast rituals and other lurid fantasies. [I don’t recall stories of children being sacrificed in the protocols].

By the time Dulles got his hands on the book, which was the creation of the Russian czar’s anti-Semitic secret police, the document had been widely denounced and discredited. [‘Discredited’ by the Jews! More accurately put, denied. There’s no proof or disproof. The proof is in the pudding.] But Dulles took it seriously enough to send a coded report about the secret Jewish “plot” back to his superiors in Washington. 

When Schulte heard about the unfolding horror at Auschwitz, he knew he had to act.

From what he could piece together, the macabre display of German efficiency overseen by Himmler that day was part of an official policy of mass extermination that was now under way in the ‘Nazi empire’. (That’s a stretch!)

The policy had been formally approved earlier that year by the Nazi high command at a conference held on January 20, 1942, in an SS villa on Lake Wannsee in suburban Berlin. [There might have been a conference but it was not to concoct the ‘final solution’ by the Jews account.]

The Wannsee Conference, run by Himmler’s ambitious deputy Reinhard Heydrich, laid out a plan [This is false, no document or oral account was never found for a plan to ‘exterminate Jews] for the elimination of Europe’s Jewry through a network of death factories.

By lending the proposal a legal veneer, Heydrich assured the complete administrative cooperation of the German bureaucracy.

Even the title assigned to the program of mass butchery—the Final Solution— conjured a civil servant’s dream of a job well done. 

Heydrich, who called himself “the chief garbage collector of the Third Reich,” saw his gas ovens as a humane solution to the “Jewish problem.” [NO GAS OVENS]

He considered himself a cultured man. The night before he was assassinated by Czech partisans, who threw a bomb into his open car as it slowed for a hairpin curve, Heydrich attended a performance of a violin concerto written by his father, Richard Bruno Heydrich, a highly regarded German opera singer and composer.

The Final Solution [part of the false Jewish narrative] was meant to remain secret, with most of the death camps located in remote outposts of the Nazi empire. But as the systematic killing got under way, many people became aware of the mounting barbarity.

One day in early 1942, an IG Farben official named Ernst Struss was returning home on a train after inspecting the company’s factory that was affiliated with Auschwitz. A German worker also riding on the train began talking loudly about the nightmare at the camp.

Great numbers of people were being burned in the compound’s crematoria, he said. [No crematorias were ever discovered OR mass graves at Auschwitz!] The smell of incinerated flesh was everywhere. Struss jumped up in a rage.

“These are lies! You should not spread such lies.” But the worker quietly corrected him: “No, these are not lies.”There were thousands of workers like himself at Auschwitz, he said.“And all know it.”  And there’s more, he devoted mush time in this book propagating the false Holocaust narrative. It’s no wonder to me the jewish publishers put him on top!


Who’s that standing behind Abbas in this photo, lol. I’ve always heard that Abbas is a traitor to the Palestinians.  But he sure knows the holocaust! This is completely accurate!

Mahmoud Abbas wrote his doctoral thesis about an evil Holocaust plot that Zionists were desperate to attract more Jews to Palestine during the 1930s and 1940s.

In order to encourage immigration to Palestine from Europe, Zionist Jews collaborated with the leaders of Nazi Germany to make life unbearable for Jews so that they would flee to Palestine.

Abbas claimed that Zionists collaborated with the Nazis and sabotaged Jewish rescue operations.

This was Abbas’s doctoral thesis, written over many years.

Jews as Schemers

The Holocaust is a story of Zionist Jews against European Jews.

Zionism was Unpopular

Jews had no love or attachment to the Holy Land. They were content with where they lived; they had no connection to Palestine.

Most Jews had no interest of ever moving to Palestine.

However, a handful of Zionist Jews needed to force European Jews to move in great numbers to make the Jewish State viable.

These Zionist Jews were so hell-bent on their mission, that they thought nothing of instigating the destruction of European Jews to achieve their mission.

Imagine What Zionists Can Do to Arabs

If Zionists could perpetuate the slaughter of their own Jewish brethren, why should anyone be surprised of their treatment of Arabs?

The Zionist Jews were so selfishly consumed by their mission to create a foreign transplant of a Jewish State in the Arab soil of Palestine, that the killing and expulsion of Arabs from the land in the “Nakba” looked like an after-thought after their participation in the annihilation of fellow Jews.

There it is. Simple and true. Historians agree, history and documents prove.

What’s in Al Jazeera’s undercover film on the US Israel lobby?

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Pro-Israel groups have gone on the offensive to try and deter Al Jazeera from showing the film

The leading neoconservative think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies is functioning as an agent of the Israeli government, Al Jazeera’s forthcoming investigation on the US Israel lobby will reveal.

According to a source who has seen the undercover documentary, it contains footage of a powerful Israeli official claiming that “We have FDD. We have others working on this.”

Sima Vaknin-Gil, a former Israeli military intelligence officer, is said to state that the foundation is “working on” projects for Israel including “data gathering, information analysis, working on activist organizations, money trail. This is something that only a country, with its resources, can do the best.”

Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, commonly known as FARA, US organizations and individuals who work on behalf of foreign governments are required to register with the counterintelligence section of the Department of Justice.

A search on the FARA website shows that the Foundation for Defense of Democracies is not registered.

Al Jazeera’s film reportedly identifies a number of lobby groups as working with Israel to spy on American citizens using sophisticated data gathering techniques. The documentary is also said to cast light on covert efforts to smear and intimidate Americans seen as too critical of Israel.

Israel lobby groups have placed intense pressure on Qatar, which funds Al Jazeera, to shelve the film, fueling speculation it may never be aired.

Covert agent of Israel

Sima Vaknin-Gil, who holds the rank of brigadier-general in Israel’s military, is now the top civil servant at Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs.

The ministry is in charge of running a covert campaign of sabotage against BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement in support of Palestinian human rights.

Vaknin-Gil’s ministerial boss is Gilad Erdan, a close ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Soon after she was appointed to lead the ministry at the start of 2016, Vaknin-Gil promised to “create a community of fighters” who would “flood the internet” with Israeli propaganda that would be publicly distanced from the government.

As well as getting funding from Sheldon Adelson, the anti-Palestinian billionaire and number one donor to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has close ties to the United Arab Emirates.

In hacked emails last year the Emirati ambassador in Washington encouraged the foundation to push for moving a US military base from Qatar to his own country.

The film will also reportedly show undercover footage of a junior Israel lobbyist boasting of how close Israel’s ties are with the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf regimes.

UAE, Israel deepening ties

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Max Adelstein is said to be seen in the film stating that the lobby has helped Israel and the United Arab Emirates develop security links “all under the table.”

Adelstein was an intern at Washington lobbying firm the Harbour Group. The firm’s clients include the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

It received $2.2 million from the UAE and more than $300,000 from Saudi Arabia during the six months ending 30 September 2017.

Adelstein now says he works for AIPAC, Washington’s most powerful Israel lobby group whose annual conference began Sunday. (Shortly after this article was published, Adelstein switched on his Facebook privacy settings and removed mention of his AIPAC role. Screenshots of his profile have been added.)

The film is said to show Adelstein boasting that ties between the United Arab Emirates and Israel are “getting so much better, and nobody knows it.”

He told an undercover Al Jazeera reporter that “The governments have to coordinate on security. It’s all under the table. But on trade, security, tech, medicine, there’s a lot of cooperation.”

According to The Electronic Intifada’s source, Adelstein is seen in the undercover footage explaining that an American Jewish Committee “study tour” of the United Arab Emirates focusing on “mutual cooperation” was planned.

In January, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a forum of Israel lobby groups whose membership includes the American Jewish Committee, announced it had sent a “large delegation” of leaders to the United Arab Emirates, where it “met with everybody at the highest levels.”

The additional insight into the United Arab Emirates’ cozying up to Israel lobby groups comes as the wealthy monarchy’s activities in Washington are facing renewed scrutiny.

A photo from AIPAC staffer Max Adelstein’s Facebook profile, which has now been made private.

On Saturday, The New York Times reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is expanding his investigation from alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential election to “include Emirati influence on the Trump administration” through the president’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner.

“Anti-Semitism as a smear is not what it used to be”

Jonathan Schanzer, senior vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, is said to be seen in the undercover footage briefing recruits on how to smear Palestine solidarity groups in the US who support the BDS movement.

According to the source, Schanzer admits to the undercover reporter that “BDS has taken everybody by surprise.”

He calls the response by Israel lobby groups “a complete mess,” adding, “I don’t think that anybody’s doing a good job. We’re not even doing a good job.”

According to the source, Schanzer laments that attempts to smear Students for Justice in Palestine and American Muslims for Palestine as linked to extremist Islamic terrorism have failed to gain traction.

He is also said to regret that the Israel lobby’s habitual tactic of falsely alleging Palestine solidarity activists are motivated by anti-Jewish hatred is losing its impact.

“Personally I think anti-Semitism as a smear is not what it used to be,” he is said to tell the undercover reporter.

Schanzer’s views echo a secret report endorsed by the Israeli government and distributed to Israel lobby leaders last year. That report, a leaked copy of which was published by The Electronic Intifada, concludes that Israel’s efforts to stem the growth of the Palestine solidarity movement have largely failed.

Film delayed

In October last year, Clayton Swisher, Al Jazeera’s head of investigations, first announced that the Qatari satellite channel had in 2016 run an undercover journalist in the US Israel lobby.

Swisher made the announcement soon after the UK’s broadcast regulator dismissed all complaints against Al Jazeera’s film The Lobby.

That documentary, broadcast in January 2017, exposed Israel’s covert influence campaign in the UK’s ruling Conservative and opposition Labour parties. The film revealed an Israeli embassy agent plotting with a British civil servant to “take down” a government minister seen as too critical of Israel.

Although Swisher promised the US film would come out “very soon,” nearly five months later it has yet to be broadcast.

Israel lobby in Qatar

Over the same period, a wave of Israel lobbyists has visited Qatar at the invitation of its ruler, Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Among them have been some of the most rightwing and extreme figures among Israel’s defenders in the US, including Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Morton Klein, the head of the Zionist Organization of America.

Multiple Israel lobby sources told Israel’s Haaretz newspaper last month that they had received assurances from Qatari leaders late last year that the Al Jazeera documentary will not be aired.

Qatar has denied this.

Pro-Israel groups have gone on the offensive to try and deter Al Jazeera from showing the film.

“Let’s not mince words about what this was – a well-funded, professional espionage operation carried out by Qatar on American soil,” Noah Pollak, executive director of the neoconservative Committee for Israel, has stated.

Ironically, pro-Israel members of Congress are now pressuring the Department of Justice to force Al Jazeera to register as an arm of Qatar, under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, just as the Russian-funded network RT was recently forced to do.

Whether this pressure will succeed in burying the documentary for good is perhaps the ultimate test of the Israel lobby influence Al Jazeera journalists sought to expose.