Sunday, January 4, 2009

Our blind loyalty to Israel

Glen Greenwald makes the point that Democratic AND Republican leaders are in sync with each other but hopelessly out of sync with voters on Israel. Money quote:
Is there any other significant issue in American political life, besides Israel, where (a) citizens split almost evenly in their views, yet (b) the leaders of both parties adopt identical lockstep positions which leave half of the citizenry with no real voice?  More notably still, is there any other position, besides Israel, where (a) a party's voters overwhelmingly embrace one position (Israel should not have attacked Gaza) but (b) that party's leadership unanimously embraces the exact opposite position (Israel was absolutely right to attack Gaza and the U.S. must support Israel unequivocally)? Does that happen with any other issue?

My conversation with Mearsheimer & Walt regarding their book The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy