‘NYT’ warns that US support for Israel may become ‘politicized’
(Mondoweiss) -- by Philip Weiss --
The New York Times has done a good thing today by putting AIPAC on its front page in a piece that says that Israel was "one of the big winners" of the midterm elections, due to the elevation of Republicans who support Netanyahu's hellbent course.
The encouraging news in the piece, on the front page, is the statement that Kentucky Senator-elect Rand Paul might take a stand against aid to Israel, he has already said as much to AIPAC. This threat is quickly countered by Chuck Schumer:
“One of the first things Congressman [Eric] Cantor can do is to make sure that his colleagues vote for aid to Israel,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, who also met with Mr. Netanyahu.So: American support for Israel might be "politicized." I.e., the American people would then get to debate the issue, rather than face wall to wall support among their leaders, enforced by fatcat lobbyists with access. And journalists would have to write about the lobby, as they write about the gun lobby, the anti-abortion movement, or any other ideological special interest.
Mr. Schumer and others worry that support for Israel in Congress, long a bipartisan article of faith, could become politicized in a way that will end up harming Israel’s interests.
Though the Times reporters, Mark Landler and Jennifer Steinhauer, are typically close-mouthed about the character of that special interest. They speak of Eric Cantor's devotion to the Jewish state without saying anything about his recent pledge of allegiance to Netanyahu over Obama; maybe they should have described Schumer's genuflection to AIPAC, when he declared that he is Israel's guardian, in Hebrew. God forbid it should say a word about the religion of Schumer, Cantor, or Robert Wexler, who all play tambourines and speak in tongues in this report...MORE...LINK