The Israel Lobby - Dutch Documentary
The Israel Lobby - VPRO Tegenlicht Holland
Stephen Walt, Harvard & John Mearsheimer, Chicago
New Dutch documentary from April 2007, produced as a result of the repression of the now famous Walt and Mearsheimer report 'The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy'.
Featuring John Mearsheimer, geostrategist Lawrence Wilkerson, Richard Perle, historan and Israel critic Tony Judt, John Hagee (Christian Zionist), Congressman Earl Hilliard, Kenneth Roth from Human Rights Watch, Michael Massing og Daniel Levy former Israeli peace negotiater, express their views in Marije Meerman's and William de Bruijn's documentary 'The Israel Lobby. Portrait of a Great Taboo: the Power of the Israel Lobby in the United States'.
From the Producer VPRO - Tegenlicht's [backlight] homepage:
Tegenlicht Part 1 The Israel Lobby
Broadcast first time at April 2, 20.55 - 21.55 at Nederland 2, retransmission
wednesday April 4, 14.30
The narrator speaks Dutch, but most of the film's content is derived from English interviews.
(About one and a half minutes of Dutch at the beginning of film, hang in there!)
The Documentary was produced by Tegenlicht, a program from the Dutch VPRO.
In pieces at the VPRO website "De Israel Lobby" commented and subtitled in Dutch.
Portrait of a big Taboo: The power of the Israeli Lobby in the US
Richard Perle - Prince of Darkness
American Security advisor, at the same time advisor for Israeli hardliner Netanyahu.
Perle: No I'm not a part of the Israel Lobby (sic!) Alan Dershowitz has rebuked these unscientific academics..
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson Chief of Staff
Colin Powell. Ssshht. You cannot talk about it is the first point...
Earl Hilliard - Congressman Alabama
My opponent got $300.000 from AIPAC. You have to give it to them; it was well planned and effectively executed. I lost the elections.. You cannot talk about Jews; it's almost as if you are talking about something indecent.. You have to understand, you are talking about a forbidden subject.. No one wants to talk about Jews... It's a no no. Like you are talking about something that's wrong. You are not even supposed to give your opinion..
Tony Judt – Historian Israel Critic
The New York Times set a condition for publishing my article: I had to mention that I was Jewish.
A controversial article in the New York Times, but it's ok, for he is Jewish. Judd also reports in the video how the Lobby is able to influence foreign representations to cancel meetings on their premises with the likes of e.g. Tony Judt. [Brings to my mind what happened when David Irving visited Denmark some years ago]
Iraq is a disaster. Iran goes nuclear. Israel is demoralized and the US is divided.
The Dutch VPRO program Tegenlicht [backlight] focuses for six weeks at Judgment Square; the Mideast, and describes developments and possibel future scenarios.
This week the Israel lobby in the US. For how realistic is it for Americans to continue their undivided support for Israel, now the fuse to the Mideastern powder keg is getting shorter and shorter?
Which role is played by the interests of Israeli interests in the US relationship with Iraq and Iran? How infinite is the Israeli - US relationship?
Can critical questions about this mutual association be asked, or is the Israel Lobby so strong both economically and politically, that criticism towards Israel is taboo?
And what happens to those who in spite of the taboo insist at making the unspeakable a subject of discussion?
In March 2006, the American political scientists John Mearsheimer (University of Chicago) and Steven Walt (Harvard) the controversial article 'The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy'.
They accused the Israel Lobby of being partly guilty of the fact that the US launched a war against Iraq, against America's own interests.
Together with the political rearrangements in the American Congress and the ever-widening Iraqi swamp, this accusation has contributed to the growing polarization in the debate about the US Mideast policy.
Tegenlicht [The Dutch producers] talks with implicated individuals.
Convinced advocates of the intimate bond between the US and Israel point at common political interests (such as the neoconservative Jew Richard Perle [Also known as 'The Prince of Darkness], or the presumed kinship of faith (Evangelist John Hagee).
At AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) the most important lobby's yearly congress in Washington.
Tegenlicht documented the zeal with which also American politicians defend Israeli interests and urge for action against Iran.
Critics of the Israel Lobby who are being inteviewed:
The American member of Congress Earl Hilliard from Alabama wanted a dialogue with the Arab world and was beaten by his opponent who received $300,000 from AIPAC for his campaign.
Jewish historian Tony Judt who dared suggest that Israel is rapidly becoming a war mongering and intolerant religion driven ethno state.
Human Rights Watch director Kenneth Roth [Jewish] who became a personal target after reporting on the last years' war in Lebanon.
The former official Israel peace broker Daniel Levy tells us why he thinks that the lobby's actions are a danger to Israel in the end.
Finally, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson Chief of Staff for former foreign secretary Colin Powell explains which role the Jewish lobby has played for the invasion of Iraq, AIPAC, the American Congress, the White House and even Israel, and how they have ended up in a mutually suffocating embrace.
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson:
'We can not get out of there, even if we wanted to.. You cannot just say: Israel you are on your own.'
Production: Marije Meerman
Research: William de Bruijn
Torrent: Tegenlicht. De Israel Lobby 1.avi | Direct Download (73 MB WMV)| American Free Press version på Google (No Dutch speak or subtitles)
|Translated from VPRO Tegenlicht Del 1 Den Israelske Lobby
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