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How the Israel Lobby Works
Pressuring Candidates Even Before They Are Nominated
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The major organizations that comprise the Israel Lobby are well known: the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations and Christians United For Israel (CUFI). All are well known, benefiting from large budgets and staffs. They are extremely effective, having excellent access to politicians and the media to promote their points of view, and are, as a group, regular visitors to the White House. AIPAC is without doubt the most powerful lobby in the United States that is focused on a foreign policy issue.

The institutional Israel boosters are in turn backed by a cluster of think tanks and institutes that spout a relentlessly pro-Likud line. They include Foundation for Defense of Democracies, The Emergency Committee for Israel, The American Enterprise Institute, The Hudson Institute, Brookings and The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. A recent op-ed at The National Interest (formerly the Nixon Center) “Why Israel Fears Containment of a Nuclear Iran,” written by two Israelis with government ties, illustrates to what extent spokesmen for Tel Aviv have access to the media across the political spectrum to make their points while contrary views rarely surface. It would be difficult to imagine a similar piece appearing advancing Iranian views on Israel, for example, and one might well question whose “National Interest” is being promoted by providing a platform to current or former foreign government officials.

And backing the think tanks up are the enablers in the media who suppress stories critical of Israel and consistently editorialize supporting policies favored by Tel Aviv. Israeli Ambassadors, uniquely, regularly write op-eds for publications like the Washington Post and The New York Times. Prominent among the consistently pro-Israel media are the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Rupert Murdoch publications in general and magazines like Mortimer Zuckerman owned US News and World Report, but it would be fair to say that nearly all mainstream media outlets are to some extent wary of offending Israel and its backers.

But as Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt noted in their groundbreaking expose of the Israel Lobby, the lobbying effort extends well beyond the organizational level to include friends of Israel who labor assiduously and voluntarily at state and local levels as well as at universities and from within professional organizations to maintain a positive viewpoint on Israel while promoting a negative narrative regarding its increasing number of critics. Most recently they have been focused on halting the growth of BDS, “boycott, divestment, and sanctions,” particularly in attempts to use “Lawfare” to make such activity illegal when it singles out Israel.

Israel’s friends quite rightly see Congress as their major ally in keeping the United States Israel-friendly, so much so that Pat Buchanan once dubbed America’s legislative body as “Israeli occupied territory.” And so it remains with legislation favorable to Israel passing by unanimous consent voice votes or grossly lopsided margins when a tally actually takes place. The White House too is into the charade that Israel is a major US ally and friend, in spite of mounting evidence that Tel Aviv consistently spies on Washington, is not interested in any peace process with the Palestinians and works against genuine American interests.

I have recently obtained a handout memo relating to a congressional race in Virginia that illustrates how the process works at the political entry level. Congressman Jim Moran has announced that he will not seek reelection in the heavily Democratic district that encompasses Alexandria Virginia. Moran has fallen afoul of the pro-Israel establishment by telling attendees at a 2003 antiwar forum, “If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this.” He added that Jewish leaders were “influential enough” to change the course of US policy. Moran inevitably apologized for those remarks, but the damage was done and he was considered to be unreliable on the issue of Israel, a view reflected in the handout which quotes Debbie Linick, Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, asserting that Moran had been “lacking the nuances of understanding the peace process. It is crucial that the next representative from the 8th District be a strong supporter of Israel.”

The handout described a Jewish Community Relations Council Political Forum for the 8th District that was to be held on May 18th in Alexandria at the Council’s Early Childhood Learning Center. All prospective candidates for the 8th District were invited to participate to present their positions on various issues of interest to those attending. The access to the event was by paid tickets only, presumably to permit screening to control the make-up of the audience. The handout again quotes Linick as stating that “all area synagogues will be asked to participate” even if they were not in the voting district.

The memo suggests that someone at the forum might ask every candidate to publish his or her signed Israel Position paper, which AIPAC “requires” all candidates for office to personally sign. It also recommends that signs be placed on the street outside demanding release of the paper and notes that if there should happen to be demonstrators present they will not be allowed to block the entrance, which is behind the building on private property.

The Northern Virginia Council might well be more than usually politically active and is unlikely to have a counterpart in most congressional districts, but the handout reveals how AIPAC has an impact on all viable congressional candidates, often before they are even nominated. Once nominated, candidates go through a vetting process in which they meet with an AIPAC official and are asked to write and sign a position paper on Israel, if they have not already done so. Many of the papers are subsequently highlighted on the AIPAC website.

Few if any candidates refuse to cooperate because to do so would mean that AIPAC and its friends would find and fund an opponent and use their media access to distort the politician’s record. This type of blackballing most recently occurred in the case of Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina, who was on the receiving end of a vicious and well-funded campaign because he is an anti-war candidate strongly opposed by the pro-Israel establishment.

To be sure Americans have a constitutional right to both demand to know and challenge the views of those running for office but the important thing to note here is that the discussion is not about healthcare, immigration or government programs – it is rather about unconditional support for the policies of a foreign country. I can think of no other advocacy group in the United States that is comparable to the Israel Lobby in terms of its promotion of positions that are demonstrably not beneficial to the United States with the only possible exception being the prominent Cubans in Congress who vet candidates based on their willingness to continue to punish the regime in Havana. The Cubans, unlike the Israel Firsters, have, however, only regional impact, mostly concentrated in Florida, though it is interesting note that they – Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, Joe Garcia and Robert Menendez – are also all passionate supporters of Israel.

Americans really have little choice when it comes to Congress and Israel as anyone who refuses to cooperate with AIPAC is unlikely to find himself in the running, but there should at least be some awareness of what happens routinely to prospective candidates to insure conformity with the Lobby’s viewpoint. If unconditional loyalty to a foreign country is a sine qua non for election to congress perhaps there should be some discussion of what that is likely to mean and the promoters of such policies should be held accountable when they produce a bad result, as they did in Iraq and are promising to do vis-a-vis Iran. It is one thing to be all for Israel due to cultural or familial affinity or even as an abstraction but it is quite another to persist in that view when it does genuine harm to the United States, regarding which a case certainly can and has already been made.

 
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  1. The unholy alliance of Evangelicals and Zionists dominates our foreign policy in the Middle East. The first group has fantastic notions from the Books of Revelations and Daniel about the coming war between good and evil. The second group, whose ideology is based on integral nationalism which easily metasthesizes into Fascism, cares nothing about US interests. It is not the first time that groups in American favor anti-American policies in favor of another country; think only of pro-IRA politicians in the Northeast, beginning with Congressman Peter King. But it is time to reject the irrationality of Evangelicals and Zionists and strive for an American foreign policy. Israel should be no more no less important to us than, say, Finland.

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  2. We hear constantly of the power of the so-called Jewish Lobby, but no one ever explains how and why the Lobby hac dome to have such power.

    If this Lobby weren’t useful to interests that transcend and ultimately have little to do with Jewish/Israeli interests, few politicians would pay the Lobby any mind. Geopolitically, Israel is a useful tool of global elites. If the Israeli government were to make serious peace overtures to the Palestinian factions and if these factions were to respond favorably, any peace effort would be nipped in the bud by those who have a strong interest in keeping these entities from cooperating with one another. Many Israelis know this. In fact, their alternative media shout it from the rooftops.

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  3. This article does an excellent job of showing why there is unlikely to be any change in USG policy toward Israel. But when government ignores the best interests of its citizens other steps can be taken. The Lobby can continue to buy our government but I doubt it can stop BDS. Time to shift efforts from the political arena to the market place.

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  4. The Israeli dog barks, and the US wags it tail. There has got to be a stronger word than pathetic for that.

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  5. […] UNZ – The major organizations that comprise the Israel Lobby are well known: the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations and Christians United For Israel (CUFI). All are well known, benefiting from large budgets and staffs. They are extremely effective, having excellent access to politicians and the media to promote their points of view, and are, as a group, regular visitors to the White House. AIPAC is without doubt the most powerful lobby in the United States that is focused on a foreign policy issue. […]

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  6. The leading candidate to replace Rep. Henry Waxman in Democratic Los Angeles is a Republican. His claim to fame is his very strong ties to Israel, according to new reports. Since when do ties to Israel mean more than American patriotism?

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    >Since when do ties to Israel mean more than American patriotism?

    Since 1948.
  7. @laurias. What utter rubbish you write! Who are these global elites you speak of? Can you provide names, please? And secondly, how would an Israeli/Palestinian peace deal affect them?

    Please recognize my sardonic humor when I write: poor, weak, beleaguered Israel, buffeted about by powers greater than itself, a country whose politicians care so little about the welfare of its citizens, that it would accede to the demands of the global elites (are these elites, gentiles, by any chance?), and despite knowing this, as you claim the Israeli alternative media do, Jewish citizens of Israel are stupid enough to vote for politicians who work against the best interests of Jews? In fact, admitting, that they are as stupid as their gentile counterparts in the United States?

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    It is time to purge the Jews from the United States Government. Just like Pres Putin did I Russia. Jews in America is described as the Host and the parasite eating the fabric to the bone. The cancer that is destroying our country from within. Cut them off completely and let them fight their own battles. 80% of the Jews out there have no bloodlines from the land called Israel. Including many of their Prime Ministers including the current cockroach.

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  9. One alternative, within the political arena, is to vote for the Green Party candidate. For example, I — Michael Meo — am the Green Party nominee for the Third District U.S. Congress seat in Oregon. I refused the draft during the Vietnam War and served two years in federal penitentiary. Mt stance on Israel is simply that the interests of the United States demand that there be no more aid extended to the State of Israel until and unless it signs a peace treaty with the Palestinians: the .S. has no business taking sides between the two.

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  10. Yeah, there can be no doubt that the Parliament of Whores–er, Congress–is “Israeli-occupied territory”–and it’s a Goddamn disgrace.

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  11. This article is a joke. Even assuming AIPAC and other pro-Israel groups are as powerful as Giraldi claims they are (believe me they’re not) there is nothing illegal about their actions.

    As a democracy American citizens have a right to support and rally behind any issue they regard as important. If the pro-Israel crowd is strong and organized and passionate about Israel more power to them.

    Instead of whining about this perhaps Giraldi should get his Saudi backers and Arab and Holocaust revisionist buddies to emulate the Zionist Lobby and create a lobby to counter them.

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  12. Another interesting factor is the sheer number of “our” representatives in Congress who hold dual Israeli-U.S. citizenship. They number in the hundreds and hold some of the most important positions in our government, from ambassadors to White House presidential advisers. Each one has sworn allegiance to Israel and their voting records reflect that allegiance. Besides the corrupting influence of AIPAC and other Israel-first groups, Israel virtually controls our banking, news media and entertainment industries. Combined with the single goal of promoting and enabling Israel, is it any wonder why America continues to shower an estimated 3.5 billion each year on Israel, which is nothing more or less than an apartheid state busy committing war crimes and crimes against humanity on the Palestinian people. It is completely shameful and treasonous for our government to lavish such huge sums of money on Israel while American soldiers go without medical care, while America is rushing toward financial bankruptcy, Americans starve and remain homeless and while American infrastructure crumbles before our eyes. All foreign aid to Israel should be stopped immediately and America should join the international community of nations and condemn and isolate the nuclear armed warmongering state of Israel from the world body.

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    Hard as it is for us anti-zionists to face, the basic reason for the success of the Israel lobby is the popularity of Israel among Americans. Brave little David beset by enemies who want to kill Jews for no reason. It’s still the movie “Exodus.”

    When I was a kid (early ’50s), and the topic of Israel came up in family conversations, my father’s line, variants of which one still hears, was that “israel made the desert bloom.” Did they take land that didn’t belong to them. “Israel made the desert bloom.” Did Rabbis run things? “Israel made the desert bloom.” Until this image of Israel can be dislodged from the American psyche, we’ll attack without a second thought anyone Israel wants us to.

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    Yeah, Israel made the desert bloom all right. With American greenbacks.
  14. And let’s not forget that in addition to deciding local elections, every four years both presidential candidate are chosen by the Israeli lobby via a weeding out process that begins at the primary level, where all potential “enemies” of Israel are removed from the process. None of which would be possible without assistance from of the Zionist owned MSM which serves as the most effective 5th column force in existence.

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  15. “This article is a joke. Even assuming AIPAC and other pro-Israel groups are as powerful as Giraldi claims they are (believe me they’re not) there is nothing illegal about their actions”

    I didn’t see anything in Giraldi’s article claiming that lobbying is illegal. Rather than the article being a joke, you are the joke for suggesting the Lobby isn’t very powerful. See Mearsheimer and Walt’s The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy. These are two distinguished professors from two prestigious academic institutions who have demonstrated the power of the lobby, not members of the KKK.

    “As a democracy American citizens have a right to support and rally behind any issue they regard as important.”

    Yes and as a democracy American citizens have a right to shine a light on how the Lobby is skewing US foreign policy away from US national interests in favour of those of a foreign country. Americans have a right to understand how a Lobby for a foreign country (that should be registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act) works to undermine US national interests. The latest example being the efforts of the Emergency Committee for Israel spending millions to unseat Walter Jones of NC because of his anti-interventionist and anti-foreign aid positions. Fortunately, most constituents from his district were able to see past the hasbara campaign and re-elect him.

    Finally, Americans also have a right to know which Americans are putting Israel’s interests ahead of America’s. They need to know who the Israel Firsters are and fight vigorously against them.

    So Mr. Sherman, do you put Israel’s interests ahead of Amerca’s… or are you a patriotic American?

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    : “As a democracy American citizens have a right to support and rally behind any issue they regard as important. If the pro-Israel crowd is strong and organized and passionate about Israel more power to them.” Except they coersed and demanded total obedience to their cause from congress. Where else can a lobby such as AIPAC book US president, senators, etc to speak on their convention year after year after year? Not even the powerful AARP can do that.

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  17. The sooner Israel, this “deformed limb of the west”, as the late Joe Sobran called it, is eliminated from the face of the earth, the better the world will be.

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  18. @ Terry

    You’re saying there are “hundreds” of members of the US Congress with dual Israeli-American citizenship.

    Can you provide the readers here with the name of just one elected American official with Israeli citizenship? I’m asking for only one.

    Do you actually know what you’re talking about or are you just showing off how stupid you are?

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    Sherman- Tom Lantos, Frank Lautenberg (admittedly both deceased) and Rahm Emanuel would be a good place to start. One suspects that there are many more who have taken Israeli citizenship but have not done so publicly for obvious reasons.
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    Here you go:

    OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

    Jack Lew - Chief of Staff to the President
    David Plouffe - Senior Advisor to the President
    Dan Shapiro - Ambassador to Israel
    Mary Schapiro - Chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission
    Steven Simon - Head of Middle East/North Africa Desk at the National Security Council
    Eric Lynn - Middle East Policy Advisor
    Tony Blinken – Deputy National Security Advisor
    Danielle Borrin – Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Director of Public Engagement
    Gary Gensler – Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    Jonathan Greenblatt – Special Assistant to the President and Director, Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation (Domestic Policy Council)
    Daniel Rubenstein – Ambassador to Syria
    Gene Sperling- Director, National Economic Council
    Adam Szubin – Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control (Treasury)
    David Cohen – Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency

    PAST OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

    Rahm Emanuel (2009-2010) Chief of Staff to the President
    David Axelrod (2009-2011) Senior Advisor to the President
    Elena Kagan (2009-2010) Solicitor General of the United States
    Peter Orszag (2009-2010) Director of the Office of Management and Budget
    Lawrence Summers (’09-’11) Director National Economic Council
    Mona Sutphen (2009-2011) Deputy White House Chief of Staff
    James B. Steinberg (’09-’11 ) Deputy Secretary of State
    Dennis Ross (2009-2011 ) Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for the Central Region to the Secretary of State
    Ronald Klain (2009-2011) Chief of Staff to the Vice President
    Jared Bernstein (2009-2011) Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor to the Vice President
    Susan Sher (2009-2011) Chief of Staff to the First Lady
    Lee Feinstein (2009) Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor
    Mara Rudman (2009) Foreign Policy Advisor Sources: White House

    112 CONGRESS (current)

    THE SENATE

    Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
    Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
    Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
    Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
    Al Franken (D-MN)
    Herb Kohl (D-WI)
    Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
    Joseph Lieberman (Independent-CT)
    Carl Levin (D-MI)
    Bernard Sanders (Independent-VT)
    Charles Schumer (D-NY)
    Ron Wyden (D-OR)
    Michael Bennet (D-CO)

    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    Gary Ackerman (D-NY)
    Shelley Berkley (D-NV)
    Howard Berman (D-CA)
    Eric Cantor (R-VA)
    David Cicilline (D-RI)
    Stephen Cohen (D-TN)
    Susan Davis (D-CA)
    Ted Deutch (D-FL)
    Eliot Engel (D-NY)
    Bob Filner (D-CA)
    Barney Frank (D-MA)
    Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)
    Jane Harman (D-CA)
    Steve Israel (D-NY)
    Sander Levin (D-MI)
    Nita Lowey (D-NY)
    Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
    Jared Polis (D-CO)
    Steve Rothman (D-NJ)
    Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
    Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)
    Adam Schiff (D-CA)
    Brad Sherman (D-CA)
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
    Henry Waxman (D-CA)
    Anthony Weiner (D-NY)
    John Yarmuth (D-KY)

    BUSH ADMINISTRATION

    Michael Mukasey
    Appointed as US Attorney General. Mukasey also was the judge in the litigation between developer Larry Silverstein and several insurance companies arising from the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.

    Michael Chertoff
    Former Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, at the Justice Department; was head of Homeland Security.

    Richard Perle
    One of Bush’s foreign policy advisors, he was the chairman of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. Perle was expelled from Senator Henry Jackson’s office in the 1970’s after the National Security Agency (NSA) caught him passing Highly-Classified (National Security) documents to the Israeli Embassy. He later worked for the Israeli weapons firm, Soltam. Perle came from one of the pro-Israel thinktanks, the AEI.

    Paul Wolfowitz
    Former Deputy Defense Secretary, and member of Perle’s Defense Policy Board, in the Pentagon. Wolfowitz is a close associate of Perle, and reportedly has close ties to the Israeli military. His sister lives in Israel. Wolfowitz came from the Jewish thinktank, JINSA. Wolfowitz was the number two leader within the administration behind the Iraq war. He later was appointed head of the World Bank but resigned under pressure from World Bank members over a scandal involving his misuse of power.

    Lawrence (Larry) Franklin
    The former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst with expertise in Iranian policy issues who worked in the office of Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith and reported directly to Feith’s deputy, William Luti, was sentenced January 20, 2006, “to more than 12 years in prison for giving classified information to an Israeli diplomat” and members of the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

    Douglas Feith
    Under Secretary of Defense and Policy Advisor at the Pentagon. He is a close associate of Perle and served as his Special Counsel. Like Perle and the others, Feith is pro-Israel. He is closely associated with the Zionist Organization of America. Feith runs a small law firm, Feith and Zell, which only has one International office, in Israel. The majority of their legal work is representing Israeli interests. His firm’s own website stated, prior to his appointment, that Feith “represents Israeli Armaments Manufacturer.” Feith also came from the Jewish thinktank JINSA.

    Feith was investigated by the FBI under suspicion of leaking classified information to Israel, being that he was Larry Franklin’s boss when Franklin leaked those documents to Rosen and Weissman of AIPAC. For that he was forced to leave the National Security Council. Feith was also investigated by the Senate Intelligence Committee for sexing up ‘intelligence’ that was used to justify invading Iraq.

    Edward Luttwak
    Member of the National Security Study Group of the Department of Defence at the Pentagon.

    Henry Kissinger
    Kissinger sits on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under Perle. For detailed information about Kissinger, read Seymour Hersch’s book (Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House). Kissinger likely had a part in the Watergate crimes, Southeast Asia mass murders (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos), Installing Chilean mass murdering dictator Pinochet, Operation Condor’s mass killings in South America, and more recently served as Serbia’s Ex-Dictator Slobodan Milosevic’s Advisor. He advocated going to war against Iraq. President Bush nominated Kissinger as chairman of the September 11 investigating commission. He later declined this job under enormous protests.

    Dov Zakheim
    Zakheim attended Jew’s College in London and became an ordained Orthodox Jewish Rabbi in 1973. He was adjunct professor at New York’s Jewish Yeshiva University.

    Dov Zakheim is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2000 a co-author of the Project for the New American Century’s position paper, Rebuilding America’s Defenses, advocating the necessity for a Pearl-Harbor-like incident to mobilize the country into war with its enemies.

    He was appointed by Bush as Pentagon Comptroller from May 4, 2001 to March 10, 2004. At that time he was unable to explain the disappearance of $1 trillion dollars. Actually, nearly three years earlier, Donald Rumsfeld announced on September 10, 2001 that an audit discovered $2.3 trillion was also missing from the Pentagon books.

    On May 6, 2004, Zakheim took a lucrative position at Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the most prestigious strategy consulting firms in the world. One of its clients then was Blessed Relief, a charity said to be a front for Osama bin Laden. Booz, Allen & Hamilton then also worked closely with DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is the research arm of the Department of Defense.

    Kenneth Adelman
    Adelman also sat on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under Perle.

    I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby
    Vice President Dick Cheney’s ex-Chief of Staff. Libby is longtime associate of Wolfowitz. Libby was a lawyer for convicted felon and Israeli spy Marc Rich, whom Clinton pardoned, in his last days as president. Libby was found guilty of lying to Federal investigators in the Valerie Plame affair, in which Plame, a covert CIA agent, was exposed for political revenge by the Bush administration following her husband’s revelations about the lies leading to the Iraq War.

    Robert Satloff
    U.S. National Security Council Advisor, Satloff was the executive director of Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

    Elliott Abrams
    National Security Council Advisor. He previously worked at Ethics and Public Policy Center. During the Reagan Adminstration, Abrams was the Assistant Secretary of State. He played a role in the Iran-Contra Scandal, which involved illegally selling U.S. weapons to Iran to fight Iraq, and illegally funding the contra rebels fighting to overthrow Nicaragua’s Sandinista government. Abrams pled guilty in 1991 to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service. A year later, former President Bush (Senior) granted Abrams a full pardon.

    Marc Grossman
    Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. He was Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources at the Department of State.

    Richard Haass
    Director of Policy Planning at the State Department and Ambassador at large. He is also Director of National Security Programs and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Haass was a member of the Defense Department’s National Security Study Group, at the Pentagon.

    Robert Zoellick
    U.S. Trade Representative, a cabinet-level position.

    Ari Fleischer
    Ex- White House Spokesman for the Bush Administration. Fleischer was the co-president of Chabad’s Capitol Jewish Forum. He received the Young Leadership Award from the American Friends of Lubavitch in October, 2001.

    James Schlesinger
    A Pentagon Advisor, Schlesinger also sat on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under Perle. Schlesinger was also a commissioner of the Defense Department’s National Security Study Group, at the Pentagon.

    David Frum
    White House speechwriter behind the “Axis of Evil” label.

    Joshua Bolten
    White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

    John Bolton
    UN Representative and Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Senior Advisor to President Bush. Prior to this position, Bolton was Senior Vice President of the AEI.

    David Wurmser
    Special Assistant to John Bolton, the under-secretary for arms control and international security. Wurmser also worked at the AEI with Perle and Bolton. His wife, Meyrav Wurmser, co-founded the Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri).

    Eliot Cohen
    Member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under Perle.

    Mel Sembler
    President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Former National Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

    Steve Goldsmith
    Senior Advisor to the President, and Bush’s Jewish domestic policy advisor. He also served as liaison in the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (White House OFBCI) within the Executive Office of the President.

    Adam Goldman
    White House’s Special Liaison to the Jewish Community.

    Joseph Gildenhorn
    Bush Campaign’s Special Liaison to the Jewish Community.

    Christopher Gersten
    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families at HHS. Gersten was the former Executive Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

    Mark Weinberger
    Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Public Affairs.

    Samuel Bodman
    Deputy Secretary of Commerce. He was the Chairman and CEO of Cabot Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Bonnie Cohen
    Under Secretary of State for Management.

    Ruth Davis
    Director of Foreign Service Institute, who reported to the Office of Under Secretary for Management – office is responsible for training all Department of State staff (including ambassadors).

    Daniel Kurtzer
    Ambassador to Israel.

    Cliff Sobel
    Ambassador to the Netherlands.

    Stuart Bernstein
    Ambassador to Denmark.

    Nancy Brinker
    Ambassador to Hungary

    Frank Lavin
    Ambassador to Singapore.

    Ron Weiser
    Ambassador to Slovakia.

    Mel Sembler
    Ambassador to Italy.

    Martin Silverstein
    Ambassador to Uruguay.

    Lincoln Bloomfield
    Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs.

    Jay Lefkowitz
    Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council.

    Ken Melman
    White House Political Director.

    Brad Blakeman
    White House Director of Scheduling.

    In 2009 it was revealed that the NSA had secretly taped conversations of Congresswomen Jane Harman negotiating with two AIPAC spies accused of giving sensitive information about US military activities to the Israeli government. In the taped conversation she is being asked to dismiss their espionage charges in return for large political contributions and a chairmanship of the US Intelligence Committee. This information was secretly revealed by the NSA to Nancy Pelosi prior to the selection of the committee chairman and was a factor in Harmon’s failure to obtain this highly sensitive position. However, the case against the two Israeli lobbyists was dismissed — against the insistance of the FBI. No satisfactory reason has been given for this. Unfortunately, such an act of treason remains unchallenged and Jane Harman remains at her congressional job and enjoys being the third wealthiest member of Congress.

    Only in America!
  19. Am I powerful? I have money to give to the preacher to preach on the stret corners . I cn fire him ,rehire him,and he depends on me to get to that corner. The street corner has been won by me for transmission of ideas and staging of events. I know people in the city council. One of them did not support my bid. I got him transferred as part of reorganization by the council. I have donated a lot for the elections of those councilmen. I also sit and dine and pray together with a few other who support my effort and share my political views and share some genes with me .They offer similar services in other parts of the cities . They also keep an eye on the voting patterns and the speeches of these councilmen.They receive donations from all of us. I have influenced the decision of allowing and disallowing certain offices and factories in the cities. The owners of those offices have hired my people in important regulatory positions. Some of the owners happen to dine,pray,and share gene with me and my distant relatives in other cities and actually countries. The French city of Lyon took action against one of their own who wanted to establish business with one of the councilmen in my city who I did not like. I knew a few of those who paid for the election and the salaries of those elected leaders of Lyon.

    I asked one of the local TV not to be given the permission to air . We managed by not renewing the license over some rules that were found and interpreted by my folks who fine,pray,and share gene with that of mine. My councilman had an arrangement to get free TV show broadcast to the lounge and one weekly magazine delivered free . People liked it. They got free TV viewing and free magazine. I make sure that behind all the stupidities and irrelevances that are shoved down as news , I get my thoughts,ideas,plans,and suggestions delivered to the people without any oppositite views or scrutiny and be delivered by experts who I declared them to be expert for working at some stage of life in the related fields . Sometime I call them expert in the field of physiology though they work in the field of psychology .I have a person expert in the field of mine accidents for he comes from the villages from where some went to work in the mines.
    I have not been challenged.One time a caller called contradicting me and offered the information on his sources. I told him if he knew Arabic though it was in English version that he was quoting and I cut him off. Another time, one challenger across the TV debate was saying that French businessmen should not influence the views of our councilmen . I told the moderator that the Frech helped us in the war against British and French have a long history of challenging authorities. I suggested that we can always count on French. The public roared ( some of them peed in the pants in excitement) . In the last events,that we organized, we showered the kids and the housewives with books,toys,recipes,and entertained them with songs and plays. Some people complained of too much exposure to my ethnic history,sufferings,and achievement and none to the local culture pre dating our arrivals to the cities. Some saw incongruent and inconsistent information. They had no chance to air any of their views . Kids,women and police all were with me without knowing that they were with me. They decided that they would not allow any other shows without me participating or endorsing . One actually tried and was told that he ” would be run out of the city” . He folded and won as mayor.
    I sent some guys to see what kind of books the library have and got some removed . They agreed otherwise they would have lost funding and knew would be given poor performance assessment. I also kept an eye on the local student body for debating the role of the preacher in the street corner and the presence of one TV show in the city hall lounge and the threat to career safety of those questioning me and my friends who dine,pray,and share some genes with me. We successfully brought the charges of indoctrination,incitement,disturbance of peace,and threatening the business of the city.
    I tell my next generations how one of my ancestors used the judicial position to make the phone calls to different mayors and get redistrcting and rezoning approved for the exclusive use by me and my friends who dine,pray,and share gene with me .
    We have been buying a lot of companies and getting rid of anyone with different ideas . We have send to the exclusive council we have for ourselves.
    the laws for better tax breaks and tax exempt donations . The money that we plough back into the elections process are much less than the amount we get back from the council and much less than what why make available for the district that we use exclusively for ourselves. We let the district know what is happening in the business,trade, pharmaceutical ,military,science so that our exclusive district can bargain better.We help the councilmen and women to pen the bill and turn it to laws . We insert a few things here and there in the 10000 pages documents and 3 pages speeches and 100 pages regulations through the aides to the councilmen . I suggested that they be hired when I was donating money to them for the election.
    I also invited my French distant relative but with same passion and zeal as that of me to moderate the debate on the TV and at the shows at the street corners . Other guests are the picks of the councilmen who dine,pray,and share gene with me. Public were impressed to see that I have no power and they were better informed . They confuse the rush of the adrenaline,the feeling of joy, the vive of ownership ,the freedom to say stupid things against the parents,teachers,clergy,and the scientist and against the celebrities as liberation,knowledge,empowerment,and progress.

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  20. @Sherman
    @ Terry

    You're saying there are "hundreds" of members of the US Congress with dual Israeli-American citizenship.

    Can you provide the readers here with the name of just one elected American official with Israeli citizenship? I'm asking for only one.

    Do you actually know what you're talking about or are you just showing off how stupid you are?

    Sherman- Tom Lantos, Frank Lautenberg (admittedly both deceased) and Rahm Emanuel would be a good place to start. One suspects that there are many more who have taken Israeli citizenship but have not done so publicly for obvious reasons.

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  21. @ Philip Giraldi

    Rahm Emanuel surrendered his Israeli citizenship (which he received through his father) when he was eighteen.

    Lantos and Lautenberg never held Israeli citizenship.

    As far as all the other elected officials you are alleging secretly hold Israeli citizenship….I find it impossible that this would go undetected.

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  22. […] and here’s why too.  Oh, and here’s why as well. And here and here and here and here and […]

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  23. Dutch documentary (almost all in English) on power of Israel lobby in the US:

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  24. http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/06/the-lautenberg-amendment/print

    Lautenberg invented his own ideas about who should be called a refugee fleeing from persecution. No need to personal threat, no need to to have suffered in the past no threat in the future – all he or she had to prove is a history of religious persecution of the said re
    Idiots groups in the past -(remote will count) . UN Refugges did not agree with the definition. Immigration and Naturalization did not agree.
    Latunberg made it look like covering every religion from USSR but no Muslim entered, a few Christians and Baha’is entered from Iran . Overwhelmingly the people who came were Jewish – 400,000. They received cash,housing,Medicaid,Medicare,job training.

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  25. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s maternal grandparents were Sephardic Jews who emigrated to Cuba in the early 20th century. Her mother converted to Catholicism to marry her father. Whether this has anything to do with her shrill support for Israel, regardless of what the consequences for the US, is unknown.

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  26. To remain the tent of the Zionism or be eligible for being considered as a Jewish, faith is not the criterion that will have the final say . Is the behavior or behaviors of the person ” good for the diaspora or for Israel or both ? This determines .the answers.
    Dual citizenship also does not matter. One can show up in Israel and provide the documents . He or she will be granted automatic citizenship. People evading laws in US and Russia have chosen this route. Show up and be counted. No extradition . No facing of the justice.
    Citizenship in Israel is a fluid concept. Martin Indyk, Oren , and Marc Rich ate examples . So is Dominique Sutter who left NY in a hurry from his apartment following 911 and went to Israel.

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  27. Like the ‘five dancing Israelis’ caught in the act of filming the collapse of the Twin Towers, if 9/11 is ever properly investigated, you will see hundreds of “dual citizens” fleeing the US for the sake of seeking permanent refuge in Israel. And they will all be welcomed as heroes.

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  28. While the Mearsheimer and Walt study was important, why doesn’t anyone credit or seem to remember Paul Findley’s They to Dare Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby (Westport, Conn.: Lawrence Hill, 1985), ISBN 0-88208-179-9. This was indeed the true seminal work on exposing AIPAC and Israeli influence in the U.S. Congress and government.

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  29. @Archie

    While Findley’s book was the first to expose the power of the Lobby, MW garner more attention because they exposed the success of the Lobby to get America to fight Israel’s wars.

    @carroll price
    The ‘five dancing Israelis’ were actually on an Israeli TV program in which they stated “they were there (NYC) to document the event.”

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    AIPAC requires all American prospective politicians to swear allegiance to the State of Israel above all things, when there is a conflict of interest between that of the US and Israel, Israels interests should naturally take precedence.
    And the USA call itself a democracy, what a joke, when every person they can vote for has been vetted in this way, how can the US possibly be described that way???? It’s a farce, you live in the Matrix, like a bunch of zombies, but lets hope that your Neo comes along.

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  31. Given Israels seemingly expansionist policies (search “Eretz Israel” for a map of what extreme zionist are looking to control) US/Nato will be fighting in the middle east for a long time to come..

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    Interesting and well written expose Phillip. Just 10 years ago you would not have been able to write this and actually have it published. But it seems more and more there is a loss of control by the Israeli lobby and their speech police.

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  33. NY Times reported of the meeting between the leaders of the various Jewish organizations and Rand Paul . The meeting was to clarify some of the concerns the Elders had . Rand Paul was articulating the need to cut back foreign donations and grants . He was not discounting that Israel would also suffer along with say Congo or Egypt. The Elders sought and received the assurances that Israel would be spared. This attitude was already forcefully advocated by Eric Cantor and Schumer – making it bipartisan.
    But the importance lies in the Hasabara promoted by the Zionist that Israel did not need the money anymore and should be glad to be removed from the list . These claims are definitely made by a few but have been given wider coverage and been repeated many times . But the actual deals and threat under the radar not been publicized ,nor brought to the American citizen’s awareness leaving the poor American to conclude that America for its own advantages are forcing Israel to receive the money every year . Anytime anybody wants to bring this huge money transfer and dole out and wants to talk about, he or she is reminded that America has no leveraging power and the the finacial help is something Israel does not want or need.
    Only a country under the influence and fear will agree to this Israeli version.

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  34. We need the 3rd political party called the “Real America’s Party”, where the membership would reflect proportionately a true ethnicity of our population based on the census percentage of the minorities promoting their views. The minorities may require a few additional divisions, mainly from the Asia, since it is the most populated continent with many conflicting agendas, like Arabs, Jews, Indians, Chinese, Turks and Japanese. On other hand all European nationalities including Portuguese and Spanish are truly whites, representing the same interests and don’t need any divisions. This would guarantee the representation of the real USA, as it meant to be, the Melting Pot America, without the Jewish domination.
    The same is necessary for the mass media. To guarantee the Free Speech, Freedom, Justice, Liberty, Equality and Democracy, the Jewish monopoly on public media must be broken, and proportionally licensed to all minority groups.

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  35. Day by day, it is becoming evident that the behavior of exclusivist/expansionist/illegal occupier/oppressor/racist Israel is having an increasingly detrimental effect on the geopolitical interests of the U.S. Never have the wise words of George Washington regarding foreign entanglements been more relevant. In his Farewell Address, he admonished his fellow citizens to steer clear of a “passionate attachment” to another nation, as it could create “the illusion of a common interest…where no common interest exists.” Regarding Israel, America will inevitably act upon the wisdom of its founding father. It has no choice.

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  36. in a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-religious region, aka america; in which an ethnicity may have proportionally 10X to 50X more political power than the least powerful ethnicity, we will see al kinds of injustices.
    what we then need to do is to fight for equal political power for all americans. if don’t demand it, we won’t get it!
    and as long as a person, say, buffet or gates, enjoys 1kX to 10kX more political power than a worker, we’d always have unfairness.

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    owenro cairo
    I wonder why Solzhenystin’s 200 yrs …has not been translated when so many other books have been from Soviet and East European.

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  38. @51

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  39. The Zionists will eventually justify all those who swear by The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The Zionists (Jews? perhaps all or some) are their own worst enemies.

    If Adolf were here still he would feel vindicated in his indictment of the Jews.

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  40. Jewish population in US – 2%
    Jewish population in US reps. – (over) 16%

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_views_and_involvement_in_US_politics

    ” There are 27 Jews among the 435 U.S. Representatives;[15] 26 are Democrats and one (Eric Cantor) is Republican. In November 2008, Cantor was elected as the House Minority Whip, the first Jewish Republican to be selected for the position.[16][17] ”

    In 2013 Israel spent $1,250 to lobby America .

    http://bbcwatch.org/tag/jewish-lobby/

    ” Of the 84 countries surveyed, Israel ranked 83rd, spending just $1,250 to lobby America in 2013. (The only country that ranked lower was Mali, which spent nothing at all.) ”

    US annual aid to Israel – 0ver $3,100,000,000. (10,794,820,000 shekels or simply put : over 10 billion shekels)

    That’s an investment of $1,250 and return of $3,100,000,000
    That’s a 2,480,000% return.

    http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/u-s-aid-to-israel-totals-233-7b-over-six-decades.premium-1.510592?v=3810D2634EFD53E8C3A4EA0C0D7034CF

    Forbes stats at least 139 of richest 400 are Jewish . 34% (at least)
    With 20 of the top 50 being Jewish that puts the numbers at 40%.

    http://www.jta.org/2009/10/05/fundermentalist/at-least-139-of-the-forbes-400-are-jewish

    ” Some quick stats: We are reasonably certain that 139 of the richest 400 Americans are Jewish, including 20 of the richest 50. Those top 20 control some $211.8 billion in personal wealth. ”

    With the top 5% in possession of 72% of wealth.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/moneywisewomen/2012/03/21/average-america-vs-the-one-percent/

    ” Altogether, the top 1 percent control 43 percent of the wealth in the nation; the next 4 percent control an additional 29 percent. ”

    Of American families Jewish families are nearly 2.5 times as likely to earn over $100,000 .

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Jews

    ” As a group, American Jews tend to be better educated and earn more than Americans as a whole[82] Forty-six percent (55% of Reform Jews) report family incomes of over $100,000 compared to 19% of all Americans ”

    In the year 2000 (14 years ago) New York Times ran an article headed “Israel Seen as Paradise for Money Laundering
    ” not much reporting done on the matter since . Problem solved ? Yeah, like I said , no one has reported on it since. The mention of money laundering in Israeli was the only problem. Problem solved.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2000/02/21/world/israel-seen-as-paradise-for-money-laundering.html

    ” But the decision not to penalize foreign tax infractions may prove more significant. Most of the dirty money washed clean by Israeli banks stems not from narcotics or protection rackets, but from off-the-books business deals, said Menachem Amir, a criminologist at Hebrew University. ”It is black money, but is mostly income tax evasion, not drug money,” he said. ”

    Israel plans on restricting transactions over $1,400 to prevent money laundering .
    So at only $1,250 Israel can lobby America without going over the $1,400 limit.
    ($1 = 3.4822 Israeli Shekels)

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL6N0OC2QG20140526?irpc=932

    ” JERUSALEM, May 26 (Reuters) – Cash transactions between businesses will be limited to 5,000 shekels ($1,400) under an Israeli government plan to fight money laundering and tax evasion. ”

    Oh, the things people are willing to do for 4,352.75 shekels these days.

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  41. […] of Israel’s lobby in the US is hardly a secret – nor is it evidence of a conspiracy. There is nothing secret about it: the lobby openly seeks to influence the political class in Israel’s favor, and routinely […]

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  42. […] of Israel’s lobby in the US is hardly a secret – nor is it evidence of a conspiracy. There is nothing secret about it: the lobby openly seeks to influence the political class in Israel’s favor, and routinely […]

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  43. The title of this article would more accurately read: “How Jews Control America”. But of course such an accurate title would be politically incorrect and thus not allowed by the Jews who control America.

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  44. […] complet: How the Israel Lobby Works Pressuring Candidates Even Before They Are Nominated (The Unz Review: An Alternative Media […]

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  45. @Anonymous
    Hard as it is for us anti-zionists to face, the basic reason for the success of the Israel lobby is the popularity of Israel among Americans. Brave little David beset by enemies who want to kill Jews for no reason. It's still the movie "Exodus."

    When I was a kid (early '50s), and the topic of Israel came up in family conversations, my father's line, variants of which one still hears, was that "israel made the desert bloom." Did they take land that didn't belong to them. "Israel made the desert bloom." Did Rabbis run things? "Israel made the desert bloom." Until this image of Israel can be dislodged from the American psyche, we'll attack without a second thought anyone Israel wants us to.

    Yeah, Israel made the desert bloom all right. With American greenbacks.

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  46. @norman ravitch
    The leading candidate to replace Rep. Henry Waxman in Democratic Los Angeles is a Republican. His claim to fame is his very strong ties to Israel, according to new reports. Since when do ties to Israel mean more than American patriotism?

    >Since when do ties to Israel mean more than American patriotism?

    Since 1948.

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  47. @Sherman
    @ Terry

    You're saying there are "hundreds" of members of the US Congress with dual Israeli-American citizenship.

    Can you provide the readers here with the name of just one elected American official with Israeli citizenship? I'm asking for only one.

    Do you actually know what you're talking about or are you just showing off how stupid you are?

    Here you go:

    OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

    Jack Lew – Chief of Staff to the President
    David Plouffe – Senior Advisor to the President
    Dan Shapiro – Ambassador to Israel
    Mary Schapiro – Chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission
    Steven Simon – Head of Middle East/North Africa Desk at the National Security Council
    Eric Lynn – Middle East Policy Advisor
    Tony Blinken – Deputy National Security Advisor
    Danielle Borrin – Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Director of Public Engagement
    Gary Gensler – Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    Jonathan Greenblatt – Special Assistant to the President and Director, Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation (Domestic Policy Council)
    Daniel Rubenstein – Ambassador to Syria
    Gene Sperling- Director, National Economic Council
    Adam Szubin – Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control (Treasury)
    David Cohen – Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency

    [MORE]

    PAST OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

    Rahm Emanuel (2009-2010) Chief of Staff to the President
    David Axelrod (2009-2011) Senior Advisor to the President
    Elena Kagan (2009-2010) Solicitor General of the United States
    Peter Orszag (2009-2010) Director of the Office of Management and Budget
    Lawrence Summers (’09-’11) Director National Economic Council
    Mona Sutphen (2009-2011) Deputy White House Chief of Staff
    James B. Steinberg (’09-’11 ) Deputy Secretary of State
    Dennis Ross (2009-2011 ) Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for the Central Region to the Secretary of State
    Ronald Klain (2009-2011) Chief of Staff to the Vice President
    Jared Bernstein (2009-2011) Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor to the Vice President
    Susan Sher (2009-2011) Chief of Staff to the First Lady
    Lee Feinstein (2009) Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor
    Mara Rudman (2009) Foreign Policy Advisor Sources: White House

    112 CONGRESS (current)

    THE SENATE

    Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
    Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
    Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
    Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
    Al Franken (D-MN)
    Herb Kohl (D-WI)
    Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
    Joseph Lieberman (Independent-CT)
    Carl Levin (D-MI)
    Bernard Sanders (Independent-VT)
    Charles Schumer (D-NY)
    Ron Wyden (D-OR)
    Michael Bennet (D-CO)

    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    Gary Ackerman (D-NY)
    Shelley Berkley (D-NV)
    Howard Berman (D-CA)
    Eric Cantor (R-VA)
    David Cicilline (D-RI)
    Stephen Cohen (D-TN)
    Susan Davis (D-CA)
    Ted Deutch (D-FL)
    Eliot Engel (D-NY)
    Bob Filner (D-CA)
    Barney Frank (D-MA)
    Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)
    Jane Harman (D-CA)
    Steve Israel (D-NY)
    Sander Levin (D-MI)
    Nita Lowey (D-NY)
    Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
    Jared Polis (D-CO)
    Steve Rothman (D-NJ)
    Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
    Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)
    Adam Schiff (D-CA)
    Brad Sherman (D-CA)
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
    Henry Waxman (D-CA)
    Anthony Weiner (D-NY)
    John Yarmuth (D-KY)

    BUSH ADMINISTRATION

    Michael Mukasey
    Appointed as US Attorney General. Mukasey also was the judge in the litigation between developer Larry Silverstein and several insurance companies arising from the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.

    Michael Chertoff
    Former Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, at the Justice Department; was head of Homeland Security.

    Richard Perle
    One of Bush’s foreign policy advisors, he was the chairman of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. Perle was expelled from Senator Henry Jackson’s office in the 1970’s after the National Security Agency (NSA) caught him passing Highly-Classified (National Security) documents to the Israeli Embassy. He later worked for the Israeli weapons firm, Soltam. Perle came from one of the pro-Israel thinktanks, the AEI.

    Paul Wolfowitz
    Former Deputy Defense Secretary, and member of Perle’s Defense Policy Board, in the Pentagon. Wolfowitz is a close associate of Perle, and reportedly has close ties to the Israeli military. His sister lives in Israel. Wolfowitz came from the Jewish thinktank, JINSA. Wolfowitz was the number two leader within the administration behind the Iraq war. He later was appointed head of the World Bank but resigned under pressure from World Bank members over a scandal involving his misuse of power.

    Lawrence (Larry) Franklin
    The former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst with expertise in Iranian policy issues who worked in the office of Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith and reported directly to Feith’s deputy, William Luti, was sentenced January 20, 2006, “to more than 12 years in prison for giving classified information to an Israeli diplomat” and members of the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

    Douglas Feith
    Under Secretary of Defense and Policy Advisor at the Pentagon. He is a close associate of Perle and served as his Special Counsel. Like Perle and the others, Feith is pro-Israel. He is closely associated with the Zionist Organization of America. Feith runs a small law firm, Feith and Zell, which only has one International office, in Israel. The majority of their legal work is representing Israeli interests. His firm’s own website stated, prior to his appointment, that Feith “represents Israeli Armaments Manufacturer.” Feith also came from the Jewish thinktank JINSA.

    Feith was investigated by the FBI under suspicion of leaking classified information to Israel, being that he was Larry Franklin’s boss when Franklin leaked those documents to Rosen and Weissman of AIPAC. For that he was forced to leave the National Security Council. Feith was also investigated by the Senate Intelligence Committee for sexing up ‘intelligence’ that was used to justify invading Iraq.

    Edward Luttwak
    Member of the National Security Study Group of the Department of Defence at the Pentagon.

    Henry Kissinger
    Kissinger sits on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under Perle. For detailed information about Kissinger, read Seymour Hersch’s book (Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House). Kissinger likely had a part in the Watergate crimes, Southeast Asia mass murders (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos), Installing Chilean mass murdering dictator Pinochet, Operation Condor’s mass killings in South America, and more recently served as Serbia’s Ex-Dictator Slobodan Milosevic’s Advisor. He advocated going to war against Iraq. President Bush nominated Kissinger as chairman of the September 11 investigating commission. He later declined this job under enormous protests.

    Dov Zakheim
    Zakheim attended Jew’s College in London and became an ordained Orthodox Jewish Rabbi in 1973. He was adjunct professor at New York’s Jewish Yeshiva University.

    Dov Zakheim is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2000 a co-author of the Project for the New American Century’s position paper, Rebuilding America’s Defenses, advocating the necessity for a Pearl-Harbor-like incident to mobilize the country into war with its enemies.

    He was appointed by Bush as Pentagon Comptroller from May 4, 2001 to March 10, 2004. At that time he was unable to explain the disappearance of $1 trillion dollars. Actually, nearly three years earlier, Donald Rumsfeld announced on September 10, 2001 that an audit discovered $2.3 trillion was also missing from the Pentagon books.

    On May 6, 2004, Zakheim took a lucrative position at Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the most prestigious strategy consulting firms in the world. One of its clients then was Blessed Relief, a charity said to be a front for Osama bin Laden. Booz, Allen & Hamilton then also worked closely with DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is the research arm of the Department of Defense.

    Kenneth Adelman
    Adelman also sat on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under Perle.

    I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby
    Vice President Dick Cheney’s ex-Chief of Staff. Libby is longtime associate of Wolfowitz. Libby was a lawyer for convicted felon and Israeli spy Marc Rich, whom Clinton pardoned, in his last days as president. Libby was found guilty of lying to Federal investigators in the Valerie Plame affair, in which Plame, a covert CIA agent, was exposed for political revenge by the Bush administration following her husband’s revelations about the lies leading to the Iraq War.

    Robert Satloff
    U.S. National Security Council Advisor, Satloff was the executive director of Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

    Elliott Abrams
    National Security Council Advisor. He previously worked at Ethics and Public Policy Center. During the Reagan Adminstration, Abrams was the Assistant Secretary of State. He played a role in the Iran-Contra Scandal, which involved illegally selling U.S. weapons to Iran to fight Iraq, and illegally funding the contra rebels fighting to overthrow Nicaragua’s Sandinista government. Abrams pled guilty in 1991 to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service. A year later, former President Bush (Senior) granted Abrams a full pardon.

    Marc Grossman
    Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. He was Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources at the Department of State.

    Richard Haass
    Director of Policy Planning at the State Department and Ambassador at large. He is also Director of National Security Programs and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Haass was a member of the Defense Department’s National Security Study Group, at the Pentagon.

    Robert Zoellick
    U.S. Trade Representative, a cabinet-level position.

    Ari Fleischer
    Ex- White House Spokesman for the Bush Administration. Fleischer was the co-president of Chabad’s Capitol Jewish Forum. He received the Young Leadership Award from the American Friends of Lubavitch in October, 2001.

    James Schlesinger
    A Pentagon Advisor, Schlesinger also sat on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under Perle. Schlesinger was also a commissioner of the Defense Department’s National Security Study Group, at the Pentagon.

    David Frum
    White House speechwriter behind the “Axis of Evil” label.

    Joshua Bolten
    White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

    John Bolton
    UN Representative and Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Senior Advisor to President Bush. Prior to this position, Bolton was Senior Vice President of the AEI.

    David Wurmser
    Special Assistant to John Bolton, the under-secretary for arms control and international security. Wurmser also worked at the AEI with Perle and Bolton. His wife, Meyrav Wurmser, co-founded the Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri).

    Eliot Cohen
    Member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under Perle.

    Mel Sembler
    President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Former National Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

    Steve Goldsmith
    Senior Advisor to the President, and Bush’s Jewish domestic policy advisor. He also served as liaison in the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (White House OFBCI) within the Executive Office of the President.

    Adam Goldman
    White House’s Special Liaison to the Jewish Community.

    Joseph Gildenhorn
    Bush Campaign’s Special Liaison to the Jewish Community.

    Christopher Gersten
    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families at HHS. Gersten was the former Executive Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

    Mark Weinberger
    Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Public Affairs.

    Samuel Bodman
    Deputy Secretary of Commerce. He was the Chairman and CEO of Cabot Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Bonnie Cohen
    Under Secretary of State for Management.

    Ruth Davis
    Director of Foreign Service Institute, who reported to the Office of Under Secretary for Management – office is responsible for training all Department of State staff (including ambassadors).

    Daniel Kurtzer
    Ambassador to Israel.

    Cliff Sobel
    Ambassador to the Netherlands.

    Stuart Bernstein
    Ambassador to Denmark.

    Nancy Brinker
    Ambassador to Hungary

    Frank Lavin
    Ambassador to Singapore.

    Ron Weiser
    Ambassador to Slovakia.

    Mel Sembler
    Ambassador to Italy.

    Martin Silverstein
    Ambassador to Uruguay.

    Lincoln Bloomfield
    Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs.

    Jay Lefkowitz
    Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council.

    Ken Melman
    White House Political Director.

    Brad Blakeman
    White House Director of Scheduling.

    In 2009 it was revealed that the NSA had secretly taped conversations of Congresswomen Jane Harman negotiating with two AIPAC spies accused of giving sensitive information about US military activities to the Israeli government. In the taped conversation she is being asked to dismiss their espionage charges in return for large political contributions and a chairmanship of the US Intelligence Committee. This information was secretly revealed by the NSA to Nancy Pelosi prior to the selection of the committee chairman and was a factor in Harmon’s failure to obtain this highly sensitive position. However, the case against the two Israeli lobbyists was dismissed — against the insistance of the FBI. No satisfactory reason has been given for this. Unfortunately, such an act of treason remains unchallenged and Jane Harman remains at her congressional job and enjoys being the third wealthiest member of Congress.

    Only in America!

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