Three Israeli Critics Elected to Congress Won’t Change a Thing
Bipartisan congressional support for Israel is rock solid. It’s been this way for decades without any prospect for weakening the longstanding special relationship.
Rarely is anyone critical of Israel elected to either house, its lobby going all-out to defeat them in future elections when happens.
According to the Center for Responsible Politics, “(f)ew lobbies dedicated to international issues are so active and well-financed as the Israel lobby,” adding:
“The question of Israel’s future has the right mix to attract monied interests. It’s a highly fractious issue with high stakes, and it plays a big role in domestic politics.”
Super-PAC mega-donor, close Netanyahu ally, billionaire Sheldon Adelson alone contributed $92.8 million to GOP super-PACs earlier, millions of dollars more annually.
The power of money keeps Congress strongly pro-Israel, large sums earmarked for Israeli loyalists and candidates opposing anyone not solidly for the Jewish state.
Political action committees nationwide supply large amounts of pro-Israeli funding – AIPAC the most prominent member of the powerful Israeli lobby community of Zionist organizations.
Cheers about three newly elected Dem women/Israeli critics are way overblown. Their presence against virtually all other House and Senate members/Israeli supporters won’t make a dime’s worth of difference in US policy toward the Jewish state.
They also have yet to establish a voting record as House members – all that counts. Campaign rhetoric is meaningless. Most often, promises made are breached, rare profiles in courage the exceptions.
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress – Omar a Somali, Tlaib a Palestinian America, for both women a historic first, true as well for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
She’s the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, scoring a stunning triumph over longtime undemocratic Dem/Wall Street favorite incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s primary election, then triumphing last Tuesday.
The notion that these women and several other candidates defeating machine favorites represents a progressive wave in Washington is nonsensical.
The electoral result changed nothing. Dirty business as usual won like every time before.