Israel Lobby – December 30th, 2015

The two Canadian entries are interesting analyses from the recent past.

The Brazil entry may seem somewhat peripheral, but Israel’s insistance on the issue says a great deal about the importance they attach to the legitimacy issue in relation to illegal settlements; Brazil is a relatively easy target, and their capitulation to Israel’s demand would set a much-wanted precedent.

Five items in total…

America: The U.S… captured communications between Mr. Netanyahu and his aides that inflamed mistrust between the two countries… The National Security Agency’s targeting of Israeli leaders and officials also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups. 

Brazil: Israel threatens “deteriorating relations” if Brasilia won’t accept “settler” ambassador

Canada: Peyton Vaughn Lyon’s lengthy analysis “Canada’s Israel Lobby” – Radical Press, March 2013

Florida: Demand for more States to erect Holocaust memorials “to remind generations to come of the horrors inflicted on millions of European Jews by a brutal, bigoted dictator of the Nazi party”

Canada: A 2013 analysis of Israel’s lobby and it’s natural allies – “Harper’s ‘Israel no matter what’ policy has more to do with mobilizing his rightwing, evangelical base… backing is particularly strong among evangelicals who believe Jews need to ‘return’ to the Middle East to hasten the second coming of Jesus and the Apocalypse”