Reports of plans to set up a new, left-wing Jewish group seeking to lobby the U.S. government on Mideast policy have worried some in Israel, who fear it could undermine the existing pro-Israel lobby in Washington and harm Israeli security.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the key pro-Israel lobby in the U.S., says its role for more than 50 years has been “to help make Israel more secure by ensuring that American support remains strong.”
Reports have emerged over recent months about meetings between representatives of liberal Jewish groups in the U.S. to examine the possibility of forming a new lobby.
[…] Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Zalman Shoval said that the premise of the group, as it has been described, suggests it wants the U.S. administration to put pressure on Israel in order to advance the cause of peace as though there was no terrorism and no Hamas-led government in the Palestinian self-rule territories.
“This group describes itself as supportive of Israel, but it actually supports the enemies of Israel,” Shoval told Cybercast News Service.
Yeesh, don’t hold back now.
The other interviewees pronounce their expectations that the lobby will be small and ineffective.
Clearly statements from those with nothing to fear.
It’s so on.