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Sunday, January 30, 2011

But of course: Media Matters blames 'Israel Lobby' for Egyptian uprising

The insufferable MJ Rosenberg has written a piece for Media Matters blaming the 'Israel Lobby' for what's going on in Egypt (Hat Tip: Legal Insurrection, who has more comments).
If one needs additional proof that the "pro-Israel" lobby and the policies it dictates to US policymakers are bad for both the U.S. and Israel, look no further than what is happening in Egypt.

The regime that the Israeli government and its U.S. lobby have depended upon to enforce the status quo is going down. It is not clear when, but it's going to be soon, much sooner than anyone ever anticipated. And you can be sure that any democratic government that takes Mubarak's place is not going to play the role of America's (let alone Israel's) enforcer in the Middle East.

Hopefully, the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty will survive — thousands of lives on both sides have been saved by President Carter's Camp David Treaty — but there are no guarantees. Far from it.

Of course, no one would even be worried about the peace treaty if the Israelis had agreed to implement the critical second part of the Camp David Accords.

That was the part that would have ended the occupation. But the Israelis chose to ignore it and the lobby and the ever-faithful Congress blocked Carter's efforts to push it through.
The 'second part' Rosenberg is promoting is the part about 'Palestinian' autonomy (not a 'state' - it never said that), and that failed to be implemented because the 'Palestinians' had no interest in it. They're interested in destroying the Jewish state.

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At 8:50 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Yup. Palestinian autonomy was Begin's offer to Sadat to offset criticism in the Arab World about making peace with Israel.

The Palestinians have self-rule today but its not good enough for them what other minorities on the planet can only dream of. That's not "occupation" by any measure. But don't hold your breath waiting for the anti-Israel crowd to admit it.

At 9:00 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

MJ Rosenberg keeps riding the AIPAC hobbyhorse... but he knows full well that a change of regime in Egypt would endanger millions of lives, doom the prospects for peace for a generation and create an Islamist state allied with Iran.

He just don't want to get it - and flushing what's left of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty down the drain is not going to exactly inspire Israel to take more risks for peace in the future.

On what planet is good ol' Rosenberg living on? Trashing Israel and demanding an end to the Mubarak regime won't bring about peace in the Middle East and democracy in Egypt.

Then again we can only hope cooler heads prevail in this Administration. The last time the likes of Rosenberg advised us on change in the region, we got the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini and the mullahs and the nuclear Sword Of Damocles that hangs over Israel's head to this very day.

We don't need to experiment in Egypt to find out it would be a disaster for the region and the world.

What could go wrong indeed

At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no "Israel lobby" that dictates anything. Israel enjoys wide bi-partisan support and its American supporters are American grassroots supporters not "lobbyists" for foreign powers as much of the Arab lobby has been. This stale demented crap is recycled on auto-pilot. Next up: Global Warming and the Israel Lobby.


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