In this week’s Economist, the “newspaper” tackles the Israel lobby, arguing that “AIPAC remains highly effective” for now, but in the long run it represents a movement that is “losing its resonance with younger Jews.”
This is good news. Even better is the fact that J Street gets a mention in the article as well. J Street is another Israel-oriented lobbying group, but operating from the other side (to the extent that another side exists in American discourse on the subject). The group supports President Obama’s entirely un-novel proposal for basing Israeli-Palestinian border on the 1967 lines and in general exhibits traces of critical thinking, both elements that are sorely missing from the knee-jerk reactions of the Israeli and American evangelical blocs.
And while we’re on the subject, Peter Beinart’s exposé on how the lobby’s toe-the-party-line propaganda initiatives are alienating younger American Jews is quite illuminating.
- Lexington: The kosherest nosh ever (economist.com)
- Feeling the Love at Aipac (desertpeace.wordpress.com)
- AIPAC: powerful US lobby on pro-Israel mission (alternet.org)
- Poll: 12% of Israeli Jews consider Obama to be pro-Israel (peregrine5700.wordpress.com)
- Israel’s 1967 borders ‘indefensible’, Netanyahu tells Aipac (guardian.co.uk)
- Vote on Palestinian State Looms Over U.S.-Israel Rift (online.wsj.com)