Jan V. heeft een nieuwe reactie op uw bericht "Leora Rosner. Confused. 8" achtergelaten:
Perfect samengevat mijnheer Van Houcke.
Zo vind ik de uitleg van Tony Judt over hoe de Israel Lobby werkt in het Congres, ook een perfecte samenvatting:
Tony Judt (joods historicus, begint op 29 min.)
“ I was told off the record once, by a very prominent democratic Senator—we were at a meeting in Paris – and it was late in the evening, we were sitting in a hotel, he was talking about the Middle East, and he was saying things about Israel which were very similar to the criticisms that I would make. And so I said to him “but you never say these things in the Senate…why not … is it because you are worried about the jewish vote…?” He said “forget it, it has nothing to do with the jewish vote …. I come from a state […] where there are very few jews, and they are all going to vote for me anyway. So it does not matter. So it is not the jewish vote. That is not the issue. It’s not money..I don’t get money from the Israel Lobby. That is not the issue. But ( he said) suppose that I walk on the senate floor and say in a moving speech why we need to take our distance from Israel and understand better what has happened to the Palestinians…… maybe I would win five or ten Senators over to a general motion criticizing Israel. Maximum. That is all I could get…..and ( he said) in return, I would be finished in the Senate. Because no one would ever vote again for my needs… if I wanted something to move for my state..or an education bill, or a financial bill or a tax bill. Anything to do with domestic policy.. nothing to do with Israël. I would be punished.