The power of the ‘Israel Lobby’ in the U.S. and Canada

“In the US for instance, candid critical discussion of Israeli policies in the media is overly self-censored. Unlike EU and even Israeli papers, there is no single US nationally syndicated columnist in any major newspaper who openly challenges Israel or its lobby… True American public opinion vis-à-vis Israel can be validated only after its political emancipation from Israel’s lobby.”

Or as Mearsheimer and Walt said in their famous report on the Israel Lobby, it “…strives to ensure that public discourse portrays Israel in a positive light, by repeating myths about its founding and by promoting its point of view in policy debates. The goal is to prevent critical comments from getting a fair hearing in the political arena. Controlling the debate is essential to guaranteeing US support, because a candid discussion of US-Israeli relations might lead Americans to favour a different policy.”  Emphasis added -JG.

Massive Zionist / Jewish ownership and control of radio, TV, and film-making corporations, virtually guarantees a one-sided presentation of Middle East issues, and selective financial backing (or punishment) of politicians by AIPAC-coordinated political action committees guarantees that the Jewish State’s point of view reigns virtually unchallenged other than in the “alternative media”. 

Yet even with those massive advantages, U.S. public support for Israel is only at 50% according to the results of the BBC poll referenced in the article below. 

It is both sad and infuriating to see Prime Minister Harper grovelling to Jewish interests and proclaiming Canada to be “Israel’s best friend”.  Speak for yourself, Sir, you do not represent me or the 59% of Canadians who take a negative view of Israel’s vicious and brutal occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. 

We don’t much appreciate Israel’s massively disproportionate ownership of nuclear weapons, either.

Clearly, the Israel Lobby is alive and well in Canada, and challenging it is essential for us to to be able to disassociate ourselves from Israel’s murderous human rights record, and so that we can regain some semblance of self-respect.

Jeff Goodall.

BBC Polling: How the World Sees Israel

Palestine Chronicle
Jamal Kanj: May 21st, 2012

In response to questions rating which country ‘… is having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence in the world?’ Israel was tie with N Korea for third place with highest negative influence on the global stage.

The 2012 BBC Country Ratings Poll was conducted jointly by GlobeScan, an international opinion research consultancy, and The Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, USA.

Respondents were asked to rate 16 countries for their “mostly positive” or “mostly negative” influence on the world. A total of 24,090 citizens in 22 countries were interviewed in late 2011 and early 2012. People’s perception was based on the world’s view of the country’s foreign and domestic policies.

Ever since commissioning the poll in 2005, Israel has solidly ranked high on the list of nations with negative influence. Israel’s perceived unfavorable influence in the world has increased from 47 to 50% in 2012.

The Spaniards negative rating of Israel led the European Union at 74%, followed by France at 65%. Britain and Germany maintained the same high negative rating level at 68% and 69 % for each.

In the Korean peninsula, the strong negative view of Israel climbed by 15 notches to 69%. Among the Chinese, Israel’s negative rating remained stable at 45%, while its positive perception dropped by 9 points to 23%.

In India, public opinion on Israel has shifted from being divided in 2011 to negative in 2012, 29% vs 17%. Russia has moved from leaning positive in 2011 to negative in 2012, 26% vs 25%.

Latin America maintained its overall negative perceptions with high majority in Chile, Peru and Mexico.  Brazilian’s led South America by maintaining the same soundly unfavorable rating of Israel’s influence at 58%.

In Australia and Canada, Israel’s negative influence has increased by seven points to 65% and 59%, respectively.

As expected, the only Western nation with favorable response came from the US at 50% vs 35%.

In the only Arab country included in the polling, the negative perception of Israel increased by 7 points to 85%. Egypt is one of two Arab countries having peace agreements with Israel, topped the negative rating in the 2012 BBC polling.

Unlike the overly cosseted Israel, nations receiving high negative rating like Iran and N Korea were vilified pariah states by the West. However despite its pampering and Murdoch’s media empire, Israel still ranked equal with the mocked nations for the disgraced position.

In studying the BBC tracking poll since 2005, the correlations between the survey’s outcome and the influence of the Israeli lobby in Western countries is compelling.

In the US for instance, candid critical discussion of Israeli policies in the media is overly self-censored. Unlike EU and even Israeli papers, there is no single US nationally syndicated columnist in any major newspaper who openly challenges Israel or its lobby. Those who did were either sidelined as in the case of Buchanan and the late Novak to name few, or became jobless like UPI White House bureau manager Helen Thomas.

True American public opinion vis-à-vis Israel can be validated only after its political emancipation from Israel’s lobby. Until then, US’ sole Western positive rating of Israel remains a factor of America’s servile media and the pro-Israel election money machine.  

– Jamal Kanj writes frequently on Arab World issues and the author of “Children of Catastrophe, Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America”, Garnet Publishing, UK . Jamal’s articles can be read at www.jamalkanj.com. He contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com. Contact him at: jkanj@yahoo.com.
 
If you like this article, please consider making a contribution to the Palestine Chronicle.  (Donation link here -JG).

See original here.

See “Mearsheimer & Walt: The Israel Lobby” here.

Related:  See “Support from Israel Lobby for Mulcair NDP leadership bid raises serious concerns” (Independent Jewish Voices Canada, March 10th, 2012) here.

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