U.S Affairs Losing The Lobby On The Hill?
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""The downward pressure comes from terrorism and the march of settlements and outposts, from the firing of rockets and the perpetration of settler pogroms … It comes from tunnels in Gaza and from digging in Jerusalem, as well. There is no moral equivalence between these acts, but they are part of the same destructive dynamic."
And he also alluded to seeming inconsistencies in Israel's own policies, particularly in Gaza. "Start with Hamas, a terrorist organization, an entity beyond the pale. They are the enemy, and no one can talk to them until they accept the Quartet's conditions of recognizing Israel, repudiating violence, and accepting the PLO's agreements with Israel," he said. "Except that for years, Israel has been talking to Hamas through Egypt, and directly to the Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails."
"I thought it was quite surprising that he went that far," one Jewish organizational official said of Ackerman's remarks. "That was very significant, because of who Ackerman is, and where his district is, and where he comes from. For someone like him, it requires real balls."
The official, who works for a left-wing organization and was therefore pleased by these developments, noted that it's too early to make any determination about where the new Congress is headed.
"But there are some indications so far that show there's a different atmosphere, that Congress is more willing to entertain perspectives that are more dovish," he said. "There's definitely a sense that there's an air of independence, and that people are more emboldened in their approach to this issue in general."
He explained that difference as stemming partly from groups like the self-described "pro-Israel, pro-peace" J Street, which started last year, making it clear that "AIPAC is not the only voice that's out there, that there are strong voices with different views."
But more important, he maintained, was that US President Barack Obama was squarely behind a peace deal. His early moves appointing George Mitchell as a Middle East envoy and reaching out to the Arab world "reverberated in the region, but it also reverberated on Capitol Hill," where members of Congress "feel more emboldened" to speak out on the issue.
ONE CAPITOL Hill staffer said having a new president with a new Middle East agenda made a difference in how members felt about engaging on the issue. But he added that a greater factor was Israel's own leadership - or lack thereof.
"It's not clear what Israel's policy is," he said, noting the unsettled state of its elections, but also its attitudes toward the Palestinians. He pointed to Israel's decision not to overthrow Hamas, yet also not willing to engage with it, as well as talking about a peace process at the same time that it says no deal is possible.
"There's a bit of a vacuum, which invites people to step into the vacuum," he said.
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi of The Israel Project, though, fingered the American political system. She pointed to gerrymandering which has increasingly made seats "safe" for Republicans or Democrats, meaning that the real fight for them takes place in the primaries, where party views are more extreme.
"You see that we have more of these very liberal members of Congress," she said. "You have people who are now in Congress who don't feel accountable to voters of a wider political spectrum, and that's bad for Israel, because support for Israel is much stronger among centrists and conservatives than among liberals." "http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite? ... 6269356568
Too little too late you boot-licking traitors, should have thought of that before you sold your souls to the Devil
of Israel Rome years ago.
Progress in what sense?
Progress in the fact you are forced
to acknowledge Palestine, Lybia etc all exist for the first time by the Jewish community?
By Peace Activists?
By Militants?ALL BECAUSE YOU WERE FORCED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEM....
You sycophants, the Lobby & its cohorts are going to destroy all that is left of the USA.
You gutless cowardly politicians are a putrid mistake all except for Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich etc.
Akerman where were you when Kashmir was blown to smithereens and millions of children killed in the streets. Oh that's right you were cheering the butchers on!!! It is much too late now for this......You Gutless politicians should prepare to meet your final maker.
We will fall in battle taking you to Justice, and forcing you before an INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL
as far as I'm concerned. Putrid cowards!!!!
If there is nothing left of the USA after this, then so be it.
We can settle it diplomatically.
Or we can settle it with guns and death, ending the apartheid state. Either way..... REST IN PIECES USA, you will be out and out destroyed.