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Philip Giraldi: “Fighting Back Against the Israel Lobby”


Philip Giraldi: "Fighting Back Against the Israel Lobby"

Written by Philip Giraldi; Originally appeared at The Unz Review

During many years of writing about or describing the terrible damage that the “special relationship” with Israel has done to the United States the question occasionally comes up “Given the enormous power of the Zionist lobby, what can we do to bring about change?”

It is a simple question, though one that begs for multiple answers, but it also requires some thinking about how the Establishment, better known as the Deep State, operates in America. The American Deep State, which has as one of its dearest principles eternal nurturing of Israel’s interests, is actually a bundle of individual enterprises that together operate to sustain policies that are mutually beneficial. Its epicenters include financial services and faux news media in New York and the political hub in Washington, but it also is served by Hollywood’s entertainment plus propaganda machine.

And the three parts of the Deep State are essentially interchangeable, with generals and intelligence figures ignorant of finance winding up in the KKR Global investment firm as has General David Petraeus and Michael Morell in Beacon Global Strategies, while leading representatives from Wall Street do a turn in government, particularly at the Treasury Department. Television news and entertainment also feature celebrities from across the Establishment while Hollywood draws on all of the above and works hard to make sure the contrived narrative about American democracy and its wonderful “allies” is promoted at every opportunity.

Which brings us to the Israel Lobby which is an integral part of the Deep State and in some ways one of its most powerful elements as it has a foot in all the other components plus depth that enables it to interfere in American government at the federal, state and local levels. It is indisputably the driving force behind U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and even beyond as it enforces standards on alleged anti-Semitism and engages in Lawfare and other shady practices to protect the Jewish state. It differs somewhat from other parts of the Establishment in that it pretends to have no such power at all, a fiction that it preserves by pretending that its actions are all in defense of U.S. national security against evil nations like Iran. From the Lobby’s expressed point of view, Israeli and American interests just happen to coincide.

By some estimates, there are 600 Jewish organizations active in the United States that have at least as part of their raison d’etre the defense of Israel and Israeli interests. They are supplemented by Christian Zionist groups like Christians United for Israel (CUFI) that claims seven million supporters. The leading predominantly Jewish organizations like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) are largely funded by Jewish oligarchs and exist to promote Israeli interests, to include pressuring the United States into attacking Iran.

The Israel Lobby groups are awash in money, with AIPAC alone having an annual budget of more than $100 million and 200 employees, who are able to blanket Capitol Hill and actually write legislation for lazy congressmen. The salary and benefits of its Executive Director Howard Kohr exceed $1 million. Against that, no organization critical of the Israeli relationship has resources sufficient to do anything beyond surviving at a basic level and trying to get the message out.

So what to do? First of all, there is Congress. Pat Buchanan once referred to Congress as “enemy occupied territory.” He was referring to the Israel Lobby’s ability not only to control the discussion on the Middle East but also to focus its efforts to defeat any congressman who dared criticize the Jewish state. Politicians like Paul Findley, Chuck Percy, William Fulbright, Pete McCloskey, James Traficant and Cynthia McKinney, who were brave enough to stand up against Israel, found themselves out of a job after confronting well-funded and media supported opponents at reelection time, sending the message that it was career ending to do so.

That would suggest that it must be regarded as a given that congressmen and women will be terrified of saying the wrong thing about Israel, but the reality is not quite so simple. I have had numerous contacts with congressmen through the years, first by way of government Congressional Delegations (CODELS) when I was overseas with CIA, and more recently in Washington at various conferences and meetings. A quite surprising percentage of legislators were privately quite willing to express their dislike of Israel and its policies, though none of them were brave enough to go public with such sentiments. Some of them even expressed their desire to see the Israel Lobby effectively destroyed because of its corruption of America’s institutions, surely an admirable viewpoint.

That means that there is an audience in Congress even if it is essentially passive. American citizens who wish to become involved but are disdainful of getting active in political campaigns or in even dealing with congressmen should recall Plato’s warning that “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.” A good friend of mine from California who has worked the congressional circuit on Palestinian issues, most recently in backing the Congresswoman Betty McCollum bill opposing Israel’s military detention of children, believes that it is necessary to be persistent to get through. She calls her congressman and tries to set up an appointment to discuss the Middle East, saying that she is available whenever there is an opening in the schedule and is even willing to fly to Washington if that works best. When she is predictably put off, she persists, calling again and again until she gets an appointment. The appointment itself is usually with a staffer, but when she gets to the office she pushes again for another meeting, this time with the congressman. She repeats the process as necessary.

One might argue that one woman meeting with one congressman has virtually no impact, which may on the surface be true, but it reflects a failure to understand how congress works. If that same congressman gets twenty-five calls on one issue, it is highlighted by the staff and the congressional office begins to pay attention. If there are a hundred calls it is treated seriously. Surely in every congressional district in the U.S. there are one hundred activists willing to bug congress on the issue of the Israel relationship and the wars and devastation that it has brought. If everyone angry about Israel were to call his or her congressmen there would be a panic on Capitol Hill to be sure, but major unrest over the lopsided and dangerous relationship is exactly what is needed.One particular subject to raise with congressmen is the issue of Zionist foundations’ apparent immunity from having to register as foreign agents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938. Russian media outlets have been forced to comply even though they are in no position to advance policies favorable to Moscow. The Israel Lobby, which even writes legislation favorable to its most favored nation, is only exempted because congress and the White House fear confronting Jewish power.

For activists who identify with the political parties, in a like fashion putting pressure on delegates to next year’s nominating conventions would also be desirable. While the Republican Party’s hawkish representatives would almost certainly be difficult to approach in that fashion, the Democrats could prove to be much more susceptible. There has been considerable criticism of Israel surfacing among the Democratic base, not just from the “Squad in Congress,” most of which is now more sympathetic to the Palestinians than to the Israeli occupiers. An uprising by the party faithful demanding an open discussion of the blank check support for Israel is not inconceivable and it would really shake up the status quo.

The same basic formula works with the media. Send in one letter-to-the-editor criticizing Israel and you will be ignored. Send in letter after letter and one piece might eventually appear. If one hundred newspaper subscribers are sending in letters, the editorial staff will begin to take notice. This has, in fact, been a development in the mainstream media over the past five years. Disenchantment with Benjamin Netanyahu and the horror that he represents has been growing, so much so that the genie is out of the bottle regarding Israeli “democracy.” As a result, it is now possible to read op-eds and editorials highly critical of Israel even in Jewish-owned Establishment pillars likeThe New York Times. But much, much more of the same is needed.

Finally, people who want to be freed from the Israeli yoke should support organizations that are seeking to do just that and have been in the front line of the struggle. There is my own Council for the National Interest as well as If Americans KnewThe Washington Report and IRMEP just for starters, supplementing the activity of a number of groups that focus on Palestinian rights. Sites like the Ron Paul Institute and Antiwar are also excellent sources of information.

All such organizations do benefit from the support of activists who are willing to speak up and protest over the brutal behavior of the Israeli government, particularly as the Israel Lobby has turned the United States into a co-conspirator for the Jewish state’s war crimes. All the groups are active in holding seminars and speaking events nationwide, information which can be obtained from their websites.

So, the message is that the Israel Lobby is powerful but it is not invulnerable. We have to keep pounding on congress, the political parties and the media if we are ever to be unshackled from the Israeli monster. We have to do it and even more because the very future of our country and what kind of nation we will be is at stake.

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023) that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is https://councilforthenationalinterest.org, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is inform@cnionline.org.



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  • d’Artagnan

    Israel is a moral revulsion in the same category as Nazism and Apartheid repugnance. It should be relegated to the garbage heap of history and the world should move on. 70 years of needless savagery by the Zionist death cult and the future is not looking that rosy for the illegal occupation of Palestine by Hollywood created “Jews”, mostly eastern European economic terrorists.

  • RichardD

    It’s easy to blame Israel and Zionists, and they are to blame. But the underlying problem is Jews and Judaism. Who with a small single digit percentage exception are all Zionists.

    Israel firsters don’t just magically appear out of nowhere. They come from Jews and Judaism with their racist supremacist Talmud rabbinical ideology. That is the driving force for both Jewish and Christian Zionists.

    Blaming Zionists rather than Jews is a cop out. With rare exception they’re one in the same. You can’t correct the Zionist problem without correcting the Jew problem. The way to correct it is to outlaw Judaism and close and demolish the synagogues and yeshivas so that Judaism is extinguished and former Jews assimilate into a Jew free society for everyone’s benefit.

    • Damien C

      Richard while I agree with you the anti-zionist number of Jews is unexplainably low it could also be because many are intimidated just like US congress members

      To yield to frustration and let the knee jerk reaction kick in with burning down the synagogues is exactly what the Zionists want. They can then hold these examples up to the world as to why they need their own homeland for protection,

      That view is on their christmas wish list every year!

      Stick to what works, slowly slowly catches the monkey, one step at a time get the Israeli/Jew pressure groups out of politics then the media then we have a real shot at peace in the middle east

      • RichardD

        They rape 1,000 children worldwide every week with their vile blood sucking pedophile rituals. Judaism should be outlawed.

      • RichardD

        The drop out rate among Jews is high. Many born into it reject it and refuse to subject their children to it. If they’re anti Zionists, they’re probably former Jews.

        “94% say that if Jewish state “no longer existed tomorrow,” it would be a “tragedy.””



      • RichardD

        There’s a difference between demolishing buildings as a law enforcement task. And burning them down as a hate crime. I’m advocating outlawing Judaism, not targeting Jews with hate crimes.

        I agree that they use hate crimes to advance their evil plans. As their mass fratricide, to the extent that it actually happened, was criminally used last century:

        – The Zionist-Nazi Collaboration –


  • RichardD

    Israel should be replaced with a unified Palestine. The place to start is with a regional military coalition to clear the IDF and Israeli government out of the occupied territories. Followed up by resolution implementation repatriating Palestinians to Israel and voting it out of existence with a referendum.

  • RichardD

    Antisemitism is a Jew scam. The Palestinians are Semites. Most Jews have little if any Semitic DNA, most of them are Europeans, not middle easterners.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Actually, it is post WW2 Hollywood Jew fibbers concept and pushed to brainwash the western sheeple and plunder them. Hasbara now is the main proponent https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6f751ef318ae351c45e867292cdd3c575f565ec7d784c1c58db64b887ba4b5f4.jpg of this lie.

    • AJ

      Shulamit Aloni a former Israeli politician stated in an interview in 2002 that antisemitism is a “trick we use” to suppress criticism of Israel. Its been very effective

    • LR captain

      fun fact
      during the soviet starvation of Ukraine, the holocaust survivors that relocated there said that their rations were quite filling.
      while in america and western Europe. many Jews died at thanksgiving. reason exploded stomachs.
      gluttony is a deadly sin.

      but lets face it they are rats and can live on crumbs

      • Ace

        I have no idea what you are trying to say. Exploding stomachs? Please.

        • LR captain

          after living on nothing but crumbs for 2 year or two. their bodies adapted to only being able to process small amounts of food and only needed small amounts of food. your organs need calories. bigger ones with more mass need more. so body over time would reduce their mass. so your stomach gets smaller and not able to hold more food, the thickness of stomach walls also thins out as well as the acid may become stronger to breakdown more complex forms of nutrients.

          2 years of eating a thin soup and a slice of bread and then going on to an all you can eat buffet.
          it takes time for your food to get your stomach after you eat it. thus you may eaten enough to be full but not know it and continue eating.

          For a normal person. this may be your 3rd plate or 5th plate if you’re rocket nose or tronto.
          but for holocaust survivor, this may be half their first plate. those few extra fork fulls of food may be enough to cause the thin lining of their stomachs to tear. group that extra strong stomach acid and you got problems.

  • John

    Time and reality are taking care of this. Nothing can stand forever and all is generally fleeting. social developments globally wipe clean the most entrenched, well laid and executed plans; how is the British empire doing these days? Israel is here for a moment, as are all other countries and societies. It is a hair’s breath from being incinerated, lately because of the likes of BN.

    The enemy of all things, like the Israeli political support in the US and other places, is that it is nolonger abiding by the primary rule; stay out of sight. The biggest problem for the Israeli lobby is the fall of religious faith, Christian faith principally. It is a fraction in strength of what it was say only 50 years ago. That is the crumbling of the concrete for the pro Israel lobbies. Between the weapons technology now in the hands of it’s declared enemies and the spiritual faith disintegration, the writing is moving from the wall in the night to main street during the day. Even the Israelis themselves are now awaken to what their nation has become; a butcher and tyrant.

    Einstein was right; we thought they were different but, they are not. I hope it turns around for the better of humanity and for the sake of those living in Israel, whom have no part in the savagery.

  • Zionism = EVIL

    Let’s get real, the average Americunt redneck has been braindead and bankrupted by the Jew parasites and literally shitting in the streets, and it time they wake up.


  • Joe Kerr

    If the truth about 9-11 can’t wake Americans up about where they’re headed, nothing can. FEMA camps are already there for those who dare to resist.

  • hvaiallverden

    I have made is as short I could, because most of it is in this sites anyway, apart from Tartaria witch I wil come back to later on, but this is about Russians.

    So, South Front, since some people and sites is hammering and acusing some of us for been Russophobians, etc, I will give you something, linking to 3 sites, to counter the nonsense, witch I recomend to read, and hear out, and take your time, its a lot to digest and wil ratle whatever you think, about basically everything, incl whom is whats to day called Russians and Jews, the Russians, whom was inhabitants of the greatest empire known to man is more or less cut out of the past, and the Jews witch claims a lot of based upon total hoggwash, period.

    This is he reason for the Khazarian hate for white people, since it was Russians/Finns tribes that crushed them the last time, and maybe have to crush them again, before they destroys our land and people.

    This, downfall began with the Romanovs(the black nobility, aka the same scums that runs the west to day), whom fought alongside with Napoleon(a scam), to end totally in obscurity by the Bollshewiks, aka ancient Tartaria, not the Mongol bullshit nor whats left of it, the Crimean Tartars, by name only, not by decents/rase, and please, we are NOT Caucasians (with all respect) but Europeans and Russians had all the land in the east to the Pasific ocean incl whats to day UssA/Finns had the rest to the atlantic shores, the end began with whats called the Pogarev rebelion, etc, I know Putin and some others knows or is beginning to realise the scale and scope of historical revisions, and that, Russia, is what this Links are about.

    The real Israelits, white europeans, along with the ancient Egypt, etc.
    To the Blacks, Nubia was an ancient African kingdom, never Egypt witch was inveded and slowly changed democraphically to whats the present, and so on, or other idiotic nonsense, but the thing is, when you read ancient History, and never forget this, that so called history is based upon pure hoggwash as to the idiotic out of Africa nonsense, but blacks have been present in europa since time immemorial, and people can see that this globalism, witch they convey to day, was there thousands of years ago, Africans where not “dicovered” some centurys ago, huh, but have been there for eons incl fisherys and trade with recourses etc, etc, etc, but europa was never in any time black, but blacks have been here for “ever”, and I also must remind people about ancient maps, etc, what happened 200 years ago, where are the citys witch is in Africa on the oldest maps, Africans I urge you to start digging under your own feets, and dont go into the Afro-american idiotic fairy tales of Vinkings been black, that comes from the scums of this earth, the Jews/Bollshewiks, and yess, some Moors where black, and they and the Arabs was behind the slave trade, that, Africans is an fact, the first black slave owner in the UssA was an black man.
    And so on.
    Much of the not, to distant past, is conected thru the Tartaria world wide empire and its downfall.
    I hope people read this, and go to other articles for more in those sites witch I have linked to you.
    I know some Russians is questioning the official narratives, you will find everything in here.
    This, South Front maybe the most wide historical documentations you have ever had in your site since you started, I dont expect you to write about that, but for the sake of the Russian people, I know this will blow your socks off.

    Then the truth about the Jews, and their hoggwash storys, witch is, of course pure lies, faked and distorted and now, official history, the delution is total.
    This explains the fake Jews claims Jesus was an Jew, that, is of course pure Hoggwash but the facts are in here, etc.
    May the lord have mercy upon you all and bless you on the path to the truth.
    Truth hurts, if not, its not true enough.
    Have an nice day.


  • verner

    I think the anti-semitism card is coming to its end – people are more aware today and in a transparent society of today the influence from jewish sources and/or israeli fifth columns is more apparent now than it was say some 30 years ago. thus it’s possible to counter the influence these sources wield. but they are well entrenched and it will take time to unseat the traitors to the country whose passport they brandish as a convenience.