Re "Who's afraid of the 'Israel Lobby'?" Current, March 26
Nicholas Goldberg summarizes the arguments that the report on the "Israel Lobby" made against supporting Israel (arguments mostly identified with historical anti-Semitism) and, while mentioning some opposing points of view, ignores the most important reason: An ever-increasing number of the American people support Israel as compared to the Muslim world.
We share the same values. Of all of the United States' allies, Israel is the only one that can and will fight its own battles and not call on the American military to die for them.
The fact that former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke is in agreement with the report says a great deal.
Goldberg asks us to judge the American Israel Public Affairs Committee for ourselves and to consider just how pernicious the pro-Israel lobby is. To test AIPAC's strength, a candidate who publicly demands that Israel sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, stop building its wall, withdraw unconditionally from all lands occupied during the 1967 war and allow a democratic Palestinian state to be formed immediately should run for office. Would either the Republican or Democratic parties run such a candidate? No. If either party made that mistake, the loose confederation of organizations to which Goldberg alluded would contribute funds to defeat such a candidate. The likelihood of this scenario happening is zilch. I consider AIPAC's impact pernicious because it crushes politically anyone who publicly challenges Israel.