This ad appeared in the New York Times on
Friday, May 27, 2005, and in the Washington Times on Tuesday, May 24,
2005, during the AIPAC annual policy conference.
Join the campaign to contain and constrain the Israel lobby, especially
the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and its allies,
including Christian Zionists.
The top priority for Middle East peace is to contain the overwhelming
influence on U.S. Middle East policy by the right-wing government of
Almost every nation is perplexed at American permissiveness towards
Israel, which has resulted in a nation without borders and policies
without common sense.
"Doing work as a lobbyist, I often think: What would the Israelis
want me to do - so, where is the line between being a pro-Israel
lobbyist and representing the wishes of somebody else? I don't know
where that line is. . . . When does [our work] change from being a
cheerleader to being a client?"
- Senior staffer with a major American Jewish group (The Forward,
May 13, 2005)
Until Israel defines itself and becomes a good neighbor to the
Palestinians and Syrians, the issue of failed Middle East peace efforts
will continue to metastasize terror around the world.
The Debate We Are Missing
The Israel lobby is out of control. It shuts down any rational debate or
even any discussion of Israel's actions. Three past heads of Israel's
security service, Shin Bet, have said that the actions of the present
Israeli government are self-destructive, yet those views are not heard by
the American public.
The many organizations that make up the Israel lobby include several whose
main effort is to intimidate editors and producers in the media and
prevent an open discourse about Israeli policies and our uncritical
support for those policies.
What Is Good for Israel Is Not Always Good for America
The agenda of AIPAC and of the Israel lobby has never been the agenda of
America in the Middle East. The present government of Israel is
undermining long-term American interests and the war on terror. Even the
half-step of disengagement from Gaza and a few of the Jewish colonies on
the West Bank is not what Palestinians and a majority of peace-seeking
Israelis have dreamed of and struggled for.
"We have one advantage over other organizations - we only have to
promote the state of Israel."
- Former AIPAC Executive Director Thomas Dine, speaking at an AIPAC
Israel, Stop Spying on America!
The close relationship of the Israeli lobby with the embassy of Israel and
its right-wing government has created conditions for widespread espionage
that has undermined the formation of credible policies for the United
States in the Middle East.
Our national security has been breached and incidents have continued
almost up to this day.
Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger said that he could not "conceive of
a greater harm to national security than that caused by" Jonathan Jay
Pollard, a Naval Intelligence officer currently serving a life sentence
for selling a roomful of classified documents to Israel.
Now we have another break in American intelligence, this one resulting in
the arrest of a mid-level Defense Department analyst, Larry Franklin.
The case directly involves high-ranking AIPAC officials, Steve Rosen
and Keith Weissman. AIPAC vigorously defended both men for
months before firing them to preserve AIPAC's credibility with their
contributors and with members of Congress. Franklin is accused of passing
classified information on to the AIPAC officials, who in turn called the
Israeli embassy and a reporter at the Washington Post. Franklin approached
AIPAC because he wanted them to influence President George W. Bush.
Promoting the agenda of the government of Israel, even using U.S.
classified information to do so, has been one basic strategy of the Israel
The Lobby Reveals Itself
Lobby spokespersons are quite brazen in describing how they operate:
"It is routine for us to say: This is our policy on a certain issue,
but we must check what the Israelis think."
- Activist with a major American Jewish group, The Forward (May 13, 2005)
And they like to work in the dark:
"A lobby is like a night flower: It thrives in the dark and dies in the
- Steve Rosen, recently fired AIPAC policy director, in an internal AIPAC
memo, cited Jerusalem Post, August 24, 2004
Three Israeli generals are on the program for AIPAC's annual policy
conference this week, but not a single American in uniform is there. If an
American goal in invading Iraq was to ensure Israeli security, then why
didn't AIPAC honor one of the wounded Americans instead of three Israeli
New Legislation is Needed
Join the campaign to support legislation that will apply to all lobbies
working on behalf of foreign governments. We propose a
Foreign Lobby Registration Act (FLORA),
an act designed to make lobbies supporting foreign governments more
transparent and accountable to the American people. It will also make
clear that those lobbies do not work on behalf of American interests but,
in fact, work to support the narrow interests of a foreign government.
More than 60% of American voters according to a Zogby International poll
believe AIPAC should be registered as the agent of a foreign government.
If implemented under a FLORA, this would mean transparency in resources
used by AIPAC dedicated to furthering the right-wing government of Israel.
Contributors would have to be publicly listed. It would also put an end to
the undeserved tax-exempt status that some foreign lobbies enjoy.
We are joining with other organizations and individuals, including former
congressmen, to promote such legislation this year.
The Council for the National Interest Foundation (CNIF) is a 501 (c) (3)
tax-exempt organization that works to promote a rational and even-handed
Middle East policy in the long-term interest of America, Israel, and the
Arab states. It was founded fifteen years ago by former Congressmen Paul
Findley (R-Illinois) and Paul "Pete" McCloskey (R-California) and its vice
chairman is former Senator James Abourezk (D-South Dakota). We hold
Capitol Hill hearings on the Middle East peace process and American policy
towards the entire region. See our websites or call us at 800-296-6958.
Council for the National Interest Foundation
1250 4th Street SW