M.J. Rosenberg writes: It was inevitable. Constantly under pressure from the Jewish center-right (Reform rabbis, for instance), J Street has thrown in the towel. Read its document of surrender.
In response to the letter from Christian denominations urging that aid to Israel be compliant with U.S. law, J Street has joined Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation league and the half-million a year hacks that run the other Jewish organizations to blast the Christians. (See Foxman letter).
J Street agrees with them that aid to Israel is an entitlement. It must never be questioned unless you also add “criticism of Israel’s behavior with appropriate criticism of, for instance, rocket fire from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas.” You must also “put the present situation into a historical or political context that might provide a fuller appreciation for the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over many decades.”
Blah, blah, AIPAC, blah. The church letter is about the $2.5 billion aid package to Israel. As far as I know, the U.S. does not provide the rockets fired from Gaza. [Continue reading…]
This is not the first time that a more or less Zionist-lite organization seemed to convert to the Likud cause a la Benny Morris. The truth is that, as under Communism, phoney anti-establishment organizations are often started to ID all potential opponents, run with their message for a while, and when established make the switch as moral conversion to Likud line. So many old Commie propagandists moved to Israel and plied their trade for Likud that the parallelism just like the many for cash ex-commie neocons.
I couldn’t help feel some empathy for real Communists when their regimes collapsed, despite the personal injuries they caused my family and me. But a lot of those sent to Israel to infiltrate the Likud and serve it with their skills at US taxpayer expense make me sick. Some of them left for Israel only after a lucrative criminal career in post-commie days which they still draw on from safe perch in Israel. Nothing we or real Israelis and Diaspora Jews can do about that except recognize the Leninist agitprop pattern when we see it unfold.