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Soros on Israel, America « Previous | |Next »
March 29, 2007

George Soros in an article in The New York Review of Books entitled On Israel, America and AIPAC states:

The Bush administration is once again in the process of committing a major policy blunder in the Middle East, one that is liable to have disastrous consequences and is not receiving the attention it should. This time it concerns the Israeli–Palestinian relationship. The Bush administration is actively supporting the Israeli government in its refusal to recognize a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas, which the US State Department considers a terrorist organization. This precludes any progress toward a peace settlement at a time when progress on the Palestinian problem could help avert a conflagration in the greater Middle East.

The blunder Soros is talking about is that Israel with the strong backing of the United States, refused to recognize the democratically elected Hamas government and withheld payment of the millions in taxes collected by the Israelis on its behalf. He says:
This caused great economic hardship and undermined the ability of the government to function. But it did not reduce popular support for Hamas among Palestinians, and it reinforced the position of Islamic and other extremists who oppose negotiations with Israel. The situation deteriorated to the point where Palestine no longer had an authority with whom it would have been possible for Israel to negotiate.

He says that the current policy is not questioned in the United States.

While other problem areas of the Middle East are freely discussed, criticism of US policies toward Israel is very muted indeed, due in large part to the pro-Israel lobby--American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)---in suppressing criticism by saying that the critics of Israel's policies of occupation, control, and repression on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem and Gaza engender anti-Semitism.

Congress still cannot bring itself to stand up to the AIPAC line on America's Mideast policies which is similar to the Bush administration's neoconservative Mideast policy. So what happens to the those American Jews who don't support Bush's war in Iraq or his "war on terror". Do these liberal Jews continue to view AIPAC as the de facto spokesmen for American Jews? Will they provide an alternative Jewish voice willing to look critically at Israel, and AIPAC's position on Israel and he Middle East?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 5:57 PM |