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Why has the US been willing to set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of another state? asks John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt in the book The Israel Lobby. The other state in the question is none other than Israel, the country that seemingly has less friends than foes at the international political scenario. The United States has been their main ally for the past several decades.

The US government has been going out of their way to help and support Israel diplomatically and economically like they have not done to any other country in the world. Israel is the largest beneficiary of US financial assistance since the Second World War. (Mearsheimer and Walt, 2006). The reason behind this unusual relationship of the US is the powerful lobbying and the active participation in the domestic politics and decision-making machinery of the US government by the pro-Israel lobbies.

It is in this context that I look to organize an anti-Israel lobby to counter the influence of these groups that continue to drain the resources of the US and invite the wrath of most of the other countries of the world especially the Arab and the Islamic states at a time when US has several issues of its own to deal with such as the threat of terrorism and severe economic crisis. The message that this anti-Israel lobby plans to spread and convince the general public is that the US support of Israel has gone too long for its own good and US has got little in return for all the favors that they have been giving for Israel.

This has got to stop because it has been too expensive and making enemies out of the rest of the world. In organizing Anti-Israel lobby, I find several groups of people and organizations willing to support this cause. First of all there is close to 20% of the American public who have anti-Semitic attitudes the percentage is likely to go up because of the growing awareness of the situation spread by authors like Mearsheimer and Walt and the belief that the close relations maintained by US with Israel may have contributed to the terror strikes on US like the 9/11 attacks.

This gets added up with 35% of Hispanics, 44% of foreign-born Hispanics, 20% of Hispanic Americans born in U. S, 35% of African-Americans and 3% of U. S. college and university students. (Anti-Defamation League, 2002). Then there are churches and organizations under the control of National Council of Churches who hold similar views about Semitism. The entire oil industry and other business people with interests or connections with the Arab countries and related organizations would definitely be willing to help this anti-Israel lobby financially and diplomatically.

There are many former state department officials and generally all people who served in Arab countries and Muslim and Arab-American organizations. Associations like the Middle East Studies Association and NGOs like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are known to be anti-israel . (Bernstein, 2007) At the international level there are definitely a lot of ready and willing allies for this anti-Israel lobby. Apart from the obvious support from the Islamic and the Arab countries for the lobby, it is interesting to note that about 30% of Europe has been openly criticizing Israel for its actions and stand on Palestine.

France is a well known country with considerable anti-Semitic attitude. ( Bernstein, 2007). There is support expected from the large and influential Muslim populations in Europe and the rest of the world. All these factions would provide the lobby with the resources of political power and influence, the necessary manpower to stage processions and other protests, the oil industry and the Arab business world would be pleased to supply the finances for the initiatives of the lobby.

The goal of the anti-Israel lobby is to release the American diplomatic and economic machinery from the clutches of the pro-Israel lobby and thereby stop the drainage of much needed resources from America and the reinstate the international support for US that is getting eroded by the Israel connection. My strategy for the lobby would be to get as much a public consensus as possible from the Americans and the international community by deploying well-organized media coverage on the concerned issues and its feared consequences.

I feel, that the lobby would find the going tough initially due to the measures that the already well-established pro-Israel lobby would take against it. But there is evidence that suggest there is a change in the attitude of the average American towards US support to Israel. The current economic crisis makes it a good time to drive home our messages. Sooner or later, the American will start asking the question among themselves. Why has the US been willing to set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of another state? ( Mearsheimer and Walt, 2006)

References

Mearsheimer J. , and Walt S. , 2006 The Israel Lobby, LRB Ltd, retrieved November 29, 2008 from http://www. lrb. co. uk/v28/n06/mear01_. html Bernstein D, 2007, The Israel Lobby and the Anti-Israel Lobby, The Volokh Conspiracy, retrieved November 29, 2008 from http://volokh. com/posts/1184032343. shtml Anti-Defamation League, 2002, Anti-Semitism on the Rise in America ” ADL Survey on Anti-Semitic Attitudes Reveals 17 Percent of Americans Hold Hardcore Beliefs retrieved November 29, 2008 from http://www. adl. org/PresRele/ASUS_12/4109_12. htm

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