In a sign of desperation the neoconservatives have created their latest committee, the ‘Emergency Committee for Israel’, complete with its own website, which has been set up to counter growing anti-Zionist public opinion.
The tide of public opinion began to turn against the Israelis back in July and August of 2006 when Israel launched its attack against the people of Lebanon. Public opinion against the Israelis then strengthened further when Israel launched its murderous attack against the women and children of the beleaguered Gaza Strip. The Flotilla Massacre at the end of May of this year has brought public opinion against Israel to a tipping point that the neoconservatives, together with their Evangelical Christian Zionist supporters, can no longer tolerate.
The ‘Emergency Committee for Israel’ has been set by well-known neoconservatives William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, Gary Bauer, a Christian conservative and former Republican presidential candidate who now heads up a neocon/Christian Zionist front group called ‘American Values’, and Rachel Abrams, wife of former Assistant Secretary of State Elliot Abrams and daughter of neoconservative writer Midge Decter and step-daughter of neocon founding father Norman Podhoretz who is married to Midge Decter. (Talk about keeping it in the family!) Neocon Michael Goldfarb, also with the Weekly Standard and an ex-John McCain aide, is an advisor to the new group.
The ‘who we are’ blurb at their website is telling:
The Emergency Committee for Israel is committed to mounting an active defense of the US-Israel relationship by educating the public about the positions of political candidates on this important issue, and by keeping the public informed of the latest developments in both countries. Join us to help support Israel and her many friends here in the United States.
They concede now that they are on the defensive. The US-Israel relationship – at least as far as public opinion is concerned – is in tatters. Orthodox Jews in the US have demonstrated against Zionism and shown their support for the Palestinian people especially during the Israeli onslaught against the Gazan people in 2008/09. Workers unions are boycotting the unloading and servicing of Israeli ships in US ports. Also as a result of the 08/09 Gazan onslaught Americans have called for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.
A growing majority of Americans also oppose Israeli settlement building in the West Bank. In Britain, the US, and around the world, public opinion demands the lifting of the Gaza blockade and has condemned the Flotilla Massacre.
The neoconservatives are beginning to get nervous about the future of Israel. The push toward a one state binational solution is mounting. The neocons know that a one state binational solution will spell the end of Zionism and their dreams of a Greater Israel. It is why the neoconservatives and their allies are pushing for the final confrontation against Iran. They know that that is now their only salvation.
For the neoconservatives it really is an emergency for Israel. Israel is close to the beginning of the end of itself. Palestine can be renewed and a state created in which Jews and Palestinians alike can live together as equals in a single state where all are free and with he same rights as each other.