Fact: U.S. billionaires (even just one or two) could, if they wished, totally destroy the power of the Israel lobby in a few months. All they would have to do is form an independent media network (as Oprah Winfrey, worth "only" $3.1 billion created OWN) and use it to tell the United States public the sordid truth about Israel's ruling class. The truth is not only that the Israeli ruling class of billionaires and generals and politicians carries out violent, racist and morally completely unjustifiable ethnic cleansing against non-Jews (the Palestinians) as discussed here, but also--something that would surprise most Americans even more--that this Jewish-Israeli ruling class has a shameful history of betraying ordinary Jews and demonstrating nothing but contempt for them. Read here how the Israeli ruling class is oppressing ordinary Jews today.The Sordid Truth about Israel's Leaders that the Billionaires Keep Secret
I have created here a document, with referenced sources, listing some of the ways that Israeli rulers have betrayed ordinary Jews from the days of the Nazi Holocaust to recent times. If the American public knew the facts in this document they would be appalled. I have personally experienced that even pro-Israel Jews would be appalled, so much so that they change from viewing people like myself as anti-Semites to viewing us as well-intentioned bearers of the truth.
I experienced this when a Jewish colleague of mine at work declared that I was "close to Hitler" when he saw me collecting signatures supporting the Right of Return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland inside the 78% of Palestine now called Israel. When I began recounting to him the facts about how Israel's leaders had betrayed ordinary Jews, he was stunned, and then became very friendly towards me--no longer viewing me as anti-Semitic but rather as both pro-ordinary Jew and pro-Palestinian.
The document cited above (you really ought to read it!) relates how 1. Israel's leaders during the Holocaust sabotaged all efforts to rescue Jews from the Nazis if the rescue didn't entail sending the Jews to Palestine (to be ruled over by the (future) Israeli ruling class); 2. how Israel's leaders collaborated with the Nazis; 3. how Israel's leaders used violence against Jews in the Displaced Persons camps at the war's end to force them against their will to go to Palestine to fight Arabs; 4. how Israel's leaders orchestrated the horrible Achille Lauro murder of an Israeli wheelchair-bound passenger by a Palestinian to paint all Palestinians as evil; 5. how Israel's leaders allied with and helped Argentina's fascist rulers murder 3,000 Argentinian Jews; and the list goes on and on through more recent years.
A billionaire could hire talented film directors and authors, etc., to create T.V. documentaries and films and books to tell the public the truth about Israel's ruling elite, and do it with the persuasive power of, for example, the eloquent T.V. documentary, Roots, or the masterful film Schindler's List or the deceitful novel, Exodus: there's plenty of talent to let the public know the sordid truth about the Israeli ruling class; the problem is that nobody with the big bucks hires them to do it. The Big Money goes to those who produce what Big Money wants produced.
If a billionaire told the American public the truth about the Israeli ruling class's contempt for, and betrayal of, ordinary Jews (as well as its horrible ethnic cleansing of Palestinians), the result would be a sea change in how Americans viewed the Israeli government. The Israel lobby would have as much influence on who got elected to Congress as the Church of Satan! The pro-Israel U.S. foreign policy would be viewed by the American public the same way it came to view the pro-South African apartheid foreign policy--disgusting! The Israel lobby would be dead in the water in about three months.
What Is NOT the Reason?
Before I say what the reason is why no billionaires lift a finger to destroy the Israel lobby, I need to dismiss a wrong explanation that many foes of Israel's ethnic cleansing give. They say, "The billionaires (at least the non-Jewish ones, [who are 52% of all U.S. billionaires, by the way]) would love to destroy the Israel lobby because the pro-Israel foreign policy is against their interest (a.k.a against the 'national interest'), but they dare not say anything against the lobby because they fear being accused of anti-Semitism."
Please stop for a second and consider the absurdity of this "explanation." According to this "explanation," people like myself and many other similar people--people who are not independently wealthy and who depend for our living on keeping our jobs, and who lack the financial means to effectively publicly refute a campaign to smear us as anti-Semitic--we are able to publicly oppose (with our meager resources) Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. But according to this same "explanation," billionaires--who ARE independently wealthy and thus have total economic security plus the means to publicly refute a slander campaign against them--are supposedly too frightened of being called an anti-Semite to speak the truth. According to this "explanation" billionaires (the non-Jewish ones at least) prefer to yield to the Israel lobby and let it force them (i.e., the actual U.S. rulers) to go against their own self-interest by supporting Israel. Really? Does this make any sense at all?
This crazy "theory" has a name among its advocates: "Tail wags dog" (the Israeli tail wags the U.S. dog). But as everybody knows, in real life tails don't wag dogs. So why do people opposed to Israel think they do? There are two reasons that come to mind.
One reason is that pro-Israel (often Jewish) people are heavily represented in the foreign-policy-making part of the executive branch of the government, there are virtually no opponents of Israel in Congress, and the Israel lobby works hard to make sure this remains so. Also, American presidents and would-be presidents all attend and speak at the Israel lobby's main organization, AIPAC. The "tail-wags-dog"-ers point this out (often saying that "Congress is Israeli-occupied territory") to make their case. I will shortly address what's wrong with their logic on this point, how they have reversed cause and effect.
Another reason that the tail-wags-dog theory has some credibility is that it appeals to the old anti-Semitic canard about Jews having some mysterious power to control non-Jews (gentiles). It has to be a mysterious power indeed to enable a tail to wag a dog! This old canard was famously popularized by the fraudulent document known as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Advocates of tail-wags-dog usually don't explicitly or even knowingly appeal to this anti-Semitic canard, but they are often perceived by others as employing it because the tail-wags-dog theory lacks any other credible basis (i.e., many people know that there could be a very different reason why so many pro-Israel politicians are in our government.)What IS the Reason?
The reason no billionaires destroy the Israel lobby, even though they easily could, is because they don't want to; they have no self-interested reason for doing it. On the contrary, the billionaires benefit enormously from Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Why?