Monday, April 18, 2011

Israel’s ‘Lobbification’ of Congress

By Lawrence Davidson, Consortium News, April 17, 2011

Editor’s Note: Today’s neoconservative dominance of Official Washington has further pushed outside the realm of acceptable debate any evenhanded discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. There is deep-seated fear that criticism of Israel will bring accusations of anti-Semitism.

Even selective criticism of some Likud policies by J Street, a liberal Jewish organization, recently prompted retribution from Israel, a Knesset hearing decrying J Street as “anti-Israel.” It is in that context of intolerance that Lawrence Davidson assesses a congressional hearing:

Lobbification is a word I have just coined for the corruptive process that bends politicians to the will of special interests – that is to the will of lobbies.

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The result of lobbification can be seen in the stilted and fawning behavior ofthe lobbified political brain. Politicians with lobbified brains become the obedient instruments of the lobbies which have captured their political souls. Below are a few examples of the results of lobbification.

The majority of the politicians who sit on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee are victims of lobbification. Among the major lobbies that have, over the decades, carried out this corrupting process are the Zionist organizations in their various Jewish and Christian manifestations.

In their present state, the lobbified minds of these committee members, so influential in the foreign policy formulation process of our country, are utterly incapable of questioning, much less defying, the hypnotic power of either American Zionists or the Israelis.

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