The Christian Science Monitor has an update on Israeli response to the previously mentioned article on the amazing influence of the Israeli Lobby on US foreign policy. It says that while most Israeli and American Jewish commentators have condemned it, some have said that it is a wake-up call that requires discussion.
The Wall Street Journal has had two editorials condemning the article. Interestingly, the article names the WSJ as a newspaper strongly favorable to Israel, which the second editorial, “The Israel Conspiracy” in today’s edition, confirms. The earlier op-ed, “Israel Lobby” by Ruth Wisse, a professor of Yiddish literature at Harvard, appeared in the March 22 edition. She implies that the authors are anti-Semitic. She says that a comparison of their article with an 1879 German one “might highlight some American refinements on the European model, such as the anti-Semitic lie that ‘Israeli citizenship is based on the principle of blood kinship.’ In fact, unlike neighboring Arab countries, Israeli citizenship is not conditional on religion or race.” She concludes, “Their insistence that American support for Israel is bought and paid for by the Lobby heaps scorn on American judgment and values.”
Today’s editorial by Bret Stephens says:
The authors are at pains to note that the Israel Lobby is by no means exclusively Jewish, and that not every American Jew is a part of it. Fair enough. But has there ever been an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that does not share its basic features? Dual loyalty, disloyalty, manipulation of the media, financial manipulation of the political system, duping the goyim (gentiles) and getting them to fight their wars, sponsoring and covering up acts of gratuitous cruelty against an innocent people — every canard ever alleged of the Jews is here made about the Israel Lobby and its cause.
Both editorials condemn the article by noting that ex-Ku Klux Klansman David Duke has praised it, thus implying guilt by association.
These editorials demonstrate that you cannot criticize Israel or the Israel Lobby without being branded as “anti-Semitic.” What if this issue is not about race, but about genuine political and foreign policy matters? The “anti-Semitic” sobriquet is in today’s world equivalent to Senator McCarthy’s “communist” name-calling in his day.