Perhaps the lobby is becoming alert to this danger. In the present affair, their voice is remarkably subdued. They don't want to stand out.
THE SADDEST part of the story is that all these false "friends of Israel" in the US Congress and media are not really embracing "Israel." They are embracing the Israeli right-wing, including the extreme and even fascist right-wing. They are, thereby, helping the right-wing to tighten their control over our country.
American policy plays a major role in the agony of the Israeli peace camp, which is so manifest in the present election campaign. Just one example: the huge settlement effort now in process, which makes the two-state peace solution more and more difficult to implement, is financed by American Jews who funnel their donations through tax-free organizations. Thus the US government in practice finances the settlements, which it officially condemns as illegal.
Since the 19th century, newspapers have got used to abbreviating their reports by saying "France protests" and "Germany declares" when they mean "the French government protests" and "the German government declares." Thus the media today write that "Israel" promotes the settlements, when in actual fact it is the Israeli government which does so. Several respected recent polls prove that most Israelis want peace based on the two-state solution, which is undermined by our government on a daily basis.
BACK TO Senator Hagel: the Israeli government and the "friends of Israel" will do anything to undermine his appointment.
Speaking for myself, I hope that his appointment will herald a new American policy -- a policy of support for a sober, rational, liberal, secular, democratic Israel, striving for peace with the Palestinian people.