Friday, December 2, 2011

The History of US-Israel Relations . . .

This article may be found at the website: If Americans Knew

The History of US-Israel Relations

Part One

How the “special relationship” was created

"While many people are led to believe that US support for Israel is driven by the American establishment and U.S. national interests (an analysis that benefits Israel and is particularly promoted by Israel partisans and former partisans), the facts don’t support this theory. The reality is that for decades U.S. experts opposed Israel and its founding movement. They were simply outmaneuvered and eventually replaced.

"Like many American policies, U.S. Middle East policies are driven by a special interest lobby. However, the Israel Lobby, as it is called today in the U.S.1, consists of vastly more than what most people envision by the word “lobby.”

"It is considerably more powerful, far more pervasive, and consistently more deceptive than any other. And even though the movement for Israel has been operating in the U.S. for over a hundred years, most Americans are completely unaware of this movement and its attendant ideology – a measure of its unique power over public knowledge.

"The success of this movement to achieve its goals, partly due to the hidden nature of much of its activity, has been staggering. 

It has also been at almost unimaginable cost.

It has led to massive tragedy in the Middle East: a hundred year war of violence and loss; sacred land soaked in sorrow.

"What is less widely known is how profoundly damaging this movement has been to the United States itself.

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