|Rep. Eliott Engel (D-Tel Aviv)|
Brün takes issue with the demonization of one of the candidates, former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. The neocons were already on Hagel's case because Hagel was an early critic of the Iraq war, wants us to get out of Afghanistan, does not want a war with Iran, and he has supported cuts in military spending. But because Hagel himself is a military veteran, the neocons sought Jewish assistance to finish the job. In response, the Israeli lobby then jumped in to object to previous remarks by Hagel insisting that he was a US senator and not a senator in the Israeli government, as well as Hagel's previous usage of the term "Jewish lobby" instead of "Israel lobby". All of this threatens to torpedo the proposed nomination of Hagel as Secretary of Defense and make the less-qualified Susan Rice the replacement for Panetta.
Identified by Brün as the Congressional point man in the campaign against Hagel is Congressman Eliott Engel (D-NY16), included on my list of 33 Jews in the incoming 113th Congress. What's ironic is that Engel's commitment to the foreign policy of Israel is not the result of Jewish voters in New York's 17th Congressional district that he once represented (he now represents the 16th District due to reapportionment). Jews are less than 14 percent of the 17th District, which is majority Black and Latino. And many American Jews do not agree with the extremist policies of the Israeli government, which Engel represents. This is a problem of an ideological and political commitment of someone working with a powerful lobby to influence US foreign policy.
Of the 1174 comments posted to the story on Reddit, many are supportive of Brün's position. Some are a bit fanciful and attempt to use humor to convey the message, as illustrated in the screenshot of this exchange:
But other comments are a bit more serious-minded, as this exchange shows:
Nevertheless, many of the responses show that people are wising up to the real agenda in the Middle East, and the centrality of not only Israel, but also the Jewish lobbies, to the persistent problems there. Too bad that most of those who are anti-Zionist are progressives who are also anti-White, and the conservatives who are less anti-White are pro-Zionist.