Where’s ‘The Lobby’ when it’s needed?

Tell us again about the enormous power of the Jewish lobby in the US:

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said during his visit to Israel that Washington has decided to sell Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) bombs to Saudi Arabia, Haaretz has learned.

A recent discussion in Washington raised the possibility that Jerusalem would ask the U.S. not to sell the satellite-guided smart bombs to the Saudis, but it was decided to reject this request…

Defense Minister Amir Peretz expressed Israel’s opposition to the sale of the weapons to Saudi or other Persian Gulf states during his visit to the U.S. a few weeks ago. Peretz said Israel was concerned the weapons might fall into terrorist hands. Israel also argues that the presence of such weapons in the Arab countries undermines Washington’s pledge that Israel will enjoy a qualitative edge in the region – attained mainly by the possession of advanced weaponry…

Washington has rejected such requests from Israel before: surrounding the sale of AWACs and advanced F-16s to Saudi Arabia, and Harpoon missiles to Egypt. — Ze’ev Schiff in Ha’aretz

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One Response to “Where’s ‘The Lobby’ when it’s needed?”

  1. Shalom Freedman says:

    The idiocy of the Walt- Mearsheimer thesis is again illustrated.
    The long list of instances where the U.S. acted against Israeli national interests goes of course back to before the creation of the state.
    The relationship has always been one in which two national interests often coincide, and often do not.
    This means to me that not only Walt- Mearsheimer but also former President Carter now find themselves in that very non- distinguished company of those whose prejudice against Israel seems to point to a fundamental character flaw and failing.