Posted by: Lister | October 14, 2007

AIPAC is behind the times

According to an interview with Akiva Eldar, chief political columnist and a senior analyst for the Israeli daily Haaretz.

[The Israel Lobby is] a very important instrument in order to pursue Israel’s policy, but I’m afraid that they’re a little bit behind the Israeli government and the Israeli people. We are in a different mode, which I think takes time for the American Jewish organizations to digest, the fact that we don’t want to keep those territories. And probably the Israeli propaganda was so efficient that it’s very hard now to change the mode and to convince them that it’s a different era now. It’s a different government. We have seventy out of 120 members of the Knesset who support a two-state solution based on the ’67 lines.

And, you know, if for forty years, you tell the Jewish community that Israel cannot afford to give up the territories, they are important for Israel’s security, just overnight to tell, “Sorry, we were wrong. Now, we don’t need those territories,” […]

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