“Israel has not changed for the worse, it’s always been bad”

I agree 100 percent and then some with Avigail’s statement that there is no reason to believe or even hope that Israel will change its ways of its own accord. Change from within could only happen if a big majority of Israeli Jews were prepared to acknowledge that a terrible wrong was done to the Palestinians by Zionism. And that’s never going to happen. A truth is that most Israeli Jews have been brainwashed by Zionist propaganda to the point where they are beyond reason on the matter of justice for the Palestinians.

But are the prospects for change as a result of outside pressure on Israel really any better?

A few days ago I read something on LobeLog (a web site I respect and admire) that caused me to think the answer is “Perhaps yes” and that it’s not yet time to abandon all hope that Israel could be obliged by outside pressure to end its defiance of international and denial of justice for the Palestinians.

Jim Lobe was quoting from a conversation Chris Nelson had with a former AIPAC official on the subject of why the Zionist lobby is so heavily invested in seeking to secure enough support in Congress to kill the nuclear deal with Iran.

First of all it’s important to know who Chris Nelson is and what his credentials are. Jim Lobe put it this way. “Chris Nelson writes and publishes a private daily newsletter, The Nelson Report, that’s considered must-reading for everyone from Washington think-tankers, lobbyists, administration officials, and congressional staff to foreign embassies and multinational corporations. He closely follows events and developments affecting East Asian geo-politics and economics and is as well-connected to D.C. policy circles as anyone I know. His access, based on his many decades of Washington experience, his fairness, and his discretion in protecting sources is probably without parallel, at least among journalists who cover the region and beyond.

Here now (with my emphasis added) are the five reasons the former AIPAC official gave Nelson to explain why the Zionist lobby is determined to keep on targeting Iran.


1. Iran has been the group’s raison d’être for two decades and it doesn’t know what else to do. Its troops are trained to attack Iran and the lobby can’t afford to admit failure lest it lose supporters.

2. Iran (the alleged threat it represents) has been an enormously lucrative fundraiser for AIPAC, just look at what they’re spending ($40 million plus) on this campaign alone. It needs to keep the issue alive for institutional imperatives.

3. Until this agreement was signed AIPAC never had any competition. Everyone wanted to bash Iran. Even with this agreement Iran will continue to act in ways that make it an inviting target. The Ayatollahs aren’t smart enough to stop chanting “Death to America” and stop threatening to wipe Israel off the map, practices which are a boon to APIAC.

4. Without this cause AIPAC and this Israeli government as well as their Republican allies may have to focus on a more critical issue, like peace with the Palestinians.

5. So Iran bashing’s what Bibi and AIPAC’s big givers want.


That explanation points the way to the truth about Zionism’s greatest real need.

It is to have an enemy which it can present to the Western world as a threat to Israel’s existence.

Zionism’s assertion that Israel has lived and still lives in danger of annihilation, the “driving into the sea” of its Jews, is the reason why Israel’s leaders have not been required by the major powers to end their defiance of international law and denial of justice for the Palestinians.

For several decades Zionism got away with its assertion that the Arabs, regimes and their military forces, were the threat. (As I document in detail through the three volumes of my book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, this Zionist assertion was complete propaganda nonsense. Israel’s existence was never, ever, in danger from any combination of Arab military force. And that was because the Arab regimes never, ever, had any intention of fighting Israel to liberate Palestine).

But after the 1973 war, in which Israel could have gone to capture the capitals of all of the frontline Arab states, Zionism had a problem because its assertion that the Arabs were a threat to Israel’s existence was no longer credible. Israel desperately needed a new enemy if it was to succeed in preventing its occupation and on-going colonization of the West Bank becoming the subject of serious concern in the corridors of Western power and possibly action.

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