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November 28, 2013 11:08 am

The Telegraph’s 14 Weaselly Words About the Power of ‘the Lobby’

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It’s less than clear how Telegraph Middle East correspondent Richard Spencer views the nuclear deal recently signed in Geneva, but in his latest report he certainly seems to take pleasure in the Israeli prime minister’s profound disappointment over the terms and implications of the agreement between Iran and the P5+1.

Spencer’s story, titled “Iran nuclear deal: Israel rages and no one cares,” Nov. 24, begins thusly:

Everyone expected Israel’s furious response to the Iranian nuclear deal. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had used every weapon in his considerable diplomatic and rhetorical arsenal to oppose one, up to hand-drawn drawings at the United Nations Security Council of circular bombs with cartoon fuses to illustrate his “red lines”.

What fewer can have expected is that no one would listen.

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Then, after citing statements by UK Foreign Minister William Hague and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry he interprets as dismissive of Israeli concerns, he writes the following:

If ones takes Israel’s public position at face value, however, it is hard not to ask how it got itself into a position where its wishes could be ignored by its closest ally, the United States (an ally that according to popular opinion its Washington lobbies have in their pockets).

One answer might be the extraordinary, prickly, combative persona of Mr Netanyahu.

Of course, there is another answer to the question of why the American president didn’t take Israel’s concerns about the deal into consideration that Spencer didn’t explore: the possibility that the narrative suggesting that pro-Israel lobbies have the U.S. government “in their pockets” has no foundation in reality, and represents the kind of crude, simplifying hypotheses fancied by weak minds, conspiracists and bigots who can’t grapple with the complexities of the world.

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Ar-Risala, June 22, 2008
Headline: “The Wagon [that gets you] to the White House.”

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Two papers published the same cartoon: Al-Watan, June 10, 2008 and Arabnews, June 11, 2008

Zionist lobby with Obama and Clinton in pocket

Akhbar al-Khalij, June 9, 2008
The bearded man is labeled: “Zionist Lobby” and has then Senator Barack Obama in its pocket, and Obama has Senator Hillary Clinton in his pocket.

Though Spencer doesn’t explicitly endorse this “Zionist root cause” scenario, his failure to dismiss it provides succor to the alarming number of putatively mainstream commentators who, as Leon Wieseltier wrote, continue to “proclaim in all seriousness, without in any way being haunted by the history of such an idea, that Jews control Washington.”

Adam Levick is the managing editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

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  • Arie

    There are reasons why Spencer’s “commentary” is oft times quoted by such nazi blogs as lewrockwell.com, stormfront.org, and realjewnews.com

    The Brits have become, like obama, irrelevant on the global stage as even Spain and Argentina are again flexing their muscles against what’s left of brit imperialism and a major push has begun in Australia to “overthrow” queenie and declare Australia a Republic.

    In response, as always (remember the Shoah), they seek out the Jews as the cause of their failures and promote hegemony with jihadists (AKA nazis) to ally with and establish a pretense that they are of any continued relevance.

    Best thing we could do is allow the jihadists to finish their takeover of the Brits, and isolate them to their island that has no resources and fill the waters with sharks so the Jew haters can’t get out

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