By Stephen Schwartz
In 2005, then-officials of the yankee Israel Public Affairs Committee have been indicted for turning in categorized details to a international energy. That the facility in query was once assumed to be Israel introduced clean credibility to a conspiracy idea that have been floating round Washington for years: strong “Jewish foyer” controls U.S. coverage within the center East.
The run-up to the Iraq conflict had supplied new grist for this thought. a bunch of mostly Jewish neoconservatives have been one of the architects of the warfare, and their motivations for elimination Saddam Hussein have been alternately ascribed to grease pursuits and the necessity to safeguard Israel. The allegations opposed to those neoconservatives—especially former Deputy Secretary of safeguard Paul Wolfowitz—echoed the case of the infamous Jonathan Pollard who pled responsible of spying for Israel in 1986.
In this biting and incisive polemic, journalist and writer Stephen Schwartz confronts the parable of a Jewish foyer head on, asking questions that not anyone else has dared to pose. what's the “Jewish lobby”? How strong is it? What was once its involvement within the arrangements for warfare in Iraq? was once there particularly a “cabal” of neoconservative Jews within the management of George W. Bush? How did AIPAC officers become accused, in 2004, of espionage? especially, what's reliable for the Jews, and who makes a decision it?
Many folks overlook that during the Nineteen Thirties, a real home-grown fascist circulation arose in the US. at the moment, Schwartz reminds us, it was once now not the reputable representatives of the Jewish group that stood as much as the fascist goons of latest York urban, yet Jewish socialists—the antecedents of today’s neoconservatives. Likewise, this present day, it has now not been the meek and timid leaders of the supposedly omnipotent Jewish foyer that experience defended the Jews however the reviled “neocons” within the Bush management. Their strategic imaginative and prescient tasks a international coverage that's either reliable for the USA and strong for the Jews. consequently, Schwartz predicts an expanding flip for Jewish citizens clear of their dysfunctional marriage with the Democratic get together and towards the Republicans.
Ultimately Schwartz concludes that during ultra-modern the US, a “Jewish foyer” may well now not be helpful. within the face of the threatened cave in of the foyer, he argues, American Jews should still overtly and proudly imagine their right position as ethical and non secular exemplars for his or her fellow americans and stop appearing like a nervous minority.