A Lobby to Reckon With
BBC World Service (radio)
11 May 2002
The programme was advertised with the following description:
"With little sign of any end to the violence in the Middle
East, President Bush has committed himself to the pursuit of peace
in the region. But can the US government be an impartial peace
broker in the Middle East?
The Jewish establishment in America have traditionally been seen
as a powerful lobby in American politics, but now they have joined
forces with an equally formidable network - the Christian Right.
In this week's Assignment, Stephen Sackur investigates America's
Pro-Israel lobby and its influence on the White House."
The programme gives us an insight in to the alliance that has formed
in America between the traditional zionists and the ultra-right
Christians who call themselves Christian zionists. The pro-israel
lobby culminating from this alliance is far stronger then the previous
so-called "Jewish lobby". Examples of its recent influence
on the White House are given in case anyone missed them.
you know that there are some people who look at the building just
to our left - the US Capital, and describe it as Israeli occupied
territory, they believe that there is no fairness, no balance
in the position taken by US congressmen, that you are bought and
payed for by Israel."