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Fixation on 'Israel Lobby'

3:46 PM, Nov 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Seth Lipsky, writing in the New York Post

Israel and the Saudis, and a few other Arab states, have finally come together on an issue — they are against the deal with the Iranian mullahs that is being sought by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. They see it as appeasement. So what is the reaction from The New York Times?
It rolls out Thomas Friedman to blame American Jews. That is the gist of his latest cable, sent from the United Arab Emirates and headlined “Let’s Make A Deal.” While the Arabs have been warning the Obama administration about a Geneva pact, Friedman complains, “[d]iplomats and ministers from Israel and the Israel lobby have been working Congress.”

“Never have I seen Israel and America’s core Arab allies working more in concert to stymie a major foreign policy initiative of a sitting U.S. president,” Friedman writes, “and never have I seen more lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans — more willing to take Israel’s side against their own president’s.”

And what does the three-time Pulitzer prize winner take from this? “I’m certain,” Friedman writes (that’s his word, “certain”), “this comes less from any careful consideration of the facts and more from a growing tendency by many American lawmakers to do whatever the Israel lobby asks them to do in order to garner Jewish votes and campaign donations.”

Well, I’m certain there are some choice adjectives for Friedman’s tendency to blame America’s Jewish community for the failure of the Congress to do what Tom Friedman thinks best. “Loathsome” is the word that my erstwhile colleague at the New York Sun, Ira Stoll, uses in Wednesday’s edition of Smartertimes.com, his daily critique of the Gray Lady.

Whole thing here.

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