Why is America so much more pro-Israeli than Europe? The most obvious answer lies in the power of two very visible political forces: the Israeli lobby (AIPAC) and the religious right. AIPAC, which has an annual budget of almost $50m, a staff of 200, 100,000 grassroots members and a decades-long history of wielding influence, is arguably the most powerful lobby in Washington, mightier even than the National Rifle Association.Doesn't it make you glad to know that money any religious nuttiness counts for more than concerns about the sanity of a man working on nuclear weapons? Of course part of me doesn't want to believe it, but given the large number of religious nuts in the country, I have to conceed that the Economist is probably right.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Reasons for supporting Israel
The Economist talks about why support for Israel is so much higher in the U.S. than Europe. Now, my personal take on this whole thing is that why Israel may not be perfect, it's up against Iran, whose president is certifiably insane. However, the Economist thinks the reason are rather different than that: