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But I don't see Israel taking in any Palestinians, as Jordan and Lebanon are in vast numbers. There are, of course, reasons for that reluctance. But if you are sitting on land that belonged to those folks, or their parents and grandparents, it is a bit much to sit in judgment of others.
But I don't see Palestinians, even ones married to Israeli citizens, being admitted to Israel for humanitarian reasons, not even people over 65, who can't reproduce and aren't likely to strap bombs to themselves. What I see is the gradual uprooting of Palestinians.
There are reasons why the Israelis don't take in Palestinians, and I don't want to thresh that old straw in a combox. But Lebanon and Jordan have a huge burden, and have taken in hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria. If anyone is to judge them, or even Abu Mazen, let it be someone other than the Israelis, who justly or not are living on land that used to belong to the ancestors of the present Palestinian refugees.
My problem is that critics of our policy are anathematized if they notice the influence.
Nor do I suggest that the Israel Lobby is omnipotent, which is nearly what they would have to be to secure the release of a man who spied for a foreign power for money. The fact that organizations would advocate for this shows how immune to criticism and ridicule they believe themselves to be.
The fact remains that the Israel Lobby is extremely influential, and its influence is founded less upon votes than upon money, organization, and effective propaganda than upon some groundswell of support from the rubes.
Using First Amendment rights to advocate for a cause is allowed in this country. What's strange is to succeed and to voice outrage when your critics describe your success . . .
Jews, on the other hand, are disproportionately represented in the financial and political élites, and provide a disproportionate amount of political contributions. The notion that US policy on Israel is due to some popular will and not to organized élite and money influence is a nice propaganda trope, but it doesn't pass the plausibility test.
It reached the point that before Obama did his 180 on Syria, he begged the Zionist groups to help him with Congress, full-court-press style. It's not because he thought they had no organizational ability or influence.
It's all First Amendment-protected stuff. The Zionist organizations boast about their influence when they're raising money, but when it's part of the debate, anyone who points the same thing out gets tarred as antisemitic.
Whether or not the 2-state solution talks are a fool's errand, why should you expect even a semi-Quisling Palestinian leader like Abbas to say nice things about Israel?
The entire Jewish community didn't develop the polio vaccine, either, but there's a certain amount of boasting for that sort of thing.