April 7, 2007
U.S., Israel and AIPAC: “No, Thank You”
Palestine: “Yes, Thank You”
On March 18th we posted an article titled
“Mid-East Policy vs. the U.S. Constitution” in which we said
we were inviting representatives of the Israel Lobby (AIPAC)
and the Governments of the United States, Israel and
Palestine to attend GML 2007 to comment on the accuracy of a
recent paper published by Professors John Mearsheimer and
Stephen Walt, entitled, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign
Policy,” and a book published recently by Jimmy Carter
entitled, “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid.”
that according to Mearsheimer, Walt and Carter, the United
States has abandoned its own national interest and security
to advance the interests of Israel, that neither strategic
nor moral arguments can justify America’s unconditional
support for Israel, that the United States has become the de
facto enabler of Israel’s unlawful expansion and military
occupation of the Palestinian Territories, that the United
States is paying for the destruction of the Palestinian
society, that U.S. policy in the Middle East (including
giving Israel well over $140 billion in U.S. income tax
revenues) has been driven by the activities of the “Israel
Lobby,” and that the Israel Lobby attacks any person or
organization that criticizes or is perceived to be a threat
to Israel’s interests.
that if, in fact, the information presented by the
Professors and Carter was correct, it must be concluded
that U.S. Foreign Policy is repugnant to the General
Welfare clause of the Constitution.
of such a conclusion we presented the following line of
Palestinians are being oppressed and their society is being
destroyed by Israel, and if Palestinians and empathetic
Arabs and Muslims in surrounding countries are now directing
their anger and hostilities against America because our
financial aid to Israel is paying for the destruction of the
Palestinian society, and if these hostile acts by Arabs and
Muslims against America are the underlying cause of the
domestic “War on Terror” in America, and if the “War on
Terror” in America is the proximate cause of the developing
in America (euphemistically called the National Security
State), and if the growing Police State is
eroding the individual Rights, protected Freedoms and
cherished Liberties of the People, then it would be
undeniable that U.S. foreign policy regarding Israel is not
in our national interest and is not serving the general
welfare of all Americans.
In short, if U.S. Middle-East policy, (including foreign
military actions, high-technology weapons sales, covert CIA
interdictions, etc.) is the result of the de facto
wholesale adoption of the self-interests of the state of
Israel over the constitutionally protected self-interests of
the American People, then our Government is, in effect,
conducting foreign policy that is abhorrent to the
reported by Mearsheimer, Walt and Carter, U.S. foreign aid
is being used to establish and further a racist and minority
religious belief system, it is being used to unlawfully
imprison and impoverish large segments of the
Palestinian/Muslim population, it is being used to attack
other nations in the region that oppose Israel’s
destruction of the Palestinian society, and it is being used
to achieve questionable political ends that have resulted in
injurious “blowback” upon the American populace -- including
the attacks of 9-11 and the continuing diminution of our
civil liberties. In essence, our aid and assistance is
being used to deprive human beings, both here and abroad, of
their unalienable Rights as endowed by their Creator.
Certainly, it is not in the interest of mankind to
stifle debate on such an important issue. The issue must
enter the public discourse in America, under the protection
of the First Amendment’s speech, press and assembly
guarantees and, if necessary, under the First Amendment’s
guarantee of the Right to Petition the Government for
Redress of Grievances.
that the issue was of such importance to our country that we
would devote one-half of the first day of GML 2007 (our
conference held last week at the Hilton Hotel in Alexandria,
Virginia, March 29-31) to the subject, and that we had
invited AIPAC and the governments of the United States,
Israel and Palestine to attend, for the purpose of
admitting or denying the facts that were included in the
publications by Mearsheimer, Walt and Carter.
AIPAC was formally
invited to participate in GML 2007. On
March 21, 2006, AIPAC telephoned to say they would not participate. We
On March 15, 2007, after speaking by telephone with a staff
person at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, we were
directed to send, by e-mail, our
invitation to Israeli Ambassador Meridor for
a representative of the Government of Israel to participate
in GML 2007. We did not receive a response to the
19, 2007, after speaking with a staff person at the U.S.
Department of State in Washington, DC, we were invited to
send, by facsimile, our
invitation to the Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice
for a representative of the Government of the United States
to participate in GML 2007.
Strangely, on April 2, 2007, upon our return to New York
from GML 2007, we received a
letter from the office of the Secretary of State,
[ed. 1.2 MB, RIGHT-Click to
download] dated March 28, 2007 (the day before
the 3/29/07 start of the Conference) but postmarked March
30, 2007 (the day after our 3/29/07
webcast wherein we showed the 3/19/07 invitation to the
audience and reported there had been no response, and the
same day as our “V” demonstration in front of the White
House). The letter informed us that no one from the
Department of State would be attending the conference.
15, 2007, after speaking by telephone with a staff person at
the Palestine Embassy in Washington DC, we were directed to
send, by e-mail, our
to the Palestinian Deputy Ambassador Abuznaid
for a representative of the Government of Palestine
to participate in GML 2007. We received a telephone call and
an email response
from Ambassador Abuznaid, providing the names and contact
information for a number of individuals who he believed were
familiar with the works of the two Professors and Carter and
would be well qualified to comment on the accuracy of the
information in those two publications.
was said and done, neither the Israel Lobby nor the
Governments of the United States and Israel would attend GML
2007 to deny the accuracy of the information presented by
Mearsheimer, Walt and Carter.
On the other hand, two experts on the Palestine-Israel
conflict did attend and each attested that the information
presented by Mearsheimer, Walt and Carter was accurate.
These experts were Dr. Muhammad Hallaj, a Palestinian,
and Dr. Norman Birnbaum, a Jew.
A video copy of their presentations and of the question and
answer period that followed will be available soon on DVD.
Some Disagreement Within
The Ranks of WTP
received a number of sharp and caustic emails following the
announcement that we would openly and objectively discuss
the constitutionality of America’s unconditional financial
and military support of Israel, the role that America has
played directly and indirectly in the destruction of
Palestine society, the “War on Terror” that has consumed our
nation, and the developing Police State and erosion of
individual Liberty and the rule of Law here at home.
Click here to view some of the emails we received.
it best to respond first, by stating unequivocally that we
are not anti-Israel or anti-Jew. We are pro-Constitution,
and deeply concerned about what is happening to the
individual Rights, Freedoms and Liberty of all Americans. We
are concerned about how American resources and policies are
being used to serve foreign interests at the expense of the
fundamental, unalienable Rights of the American people, in
gross violation of our Constitution. We believe that all
human life is to be revered and honored with the enjoyment
of the same unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the
Pursuit of Happiness that we proudly claim as Americans. We
believe the protection of human life and liberty is every
person’s duty and responsibility.
Some of our
critics based their criticism on their understanding of
Biblical history. Others based their criticism on their
belief that Israel is vulnerable, a victim of unwarranted
and unjustified Palestinian aggression and in need of
America’s financial aid. Still others appear to be
influenced by their political affiliations.
respond by respectfully asking our critics to carefully
consider the following questions.
Regarding The Holy Scriptures
biblical views based on personal, thorough research and
reading of the Holy Scriptures, or do they represent what
you have been “taught” by others to believe? Is it possible
that you have a severely flawed understanding of Biblical
true that nowhere in the Holy Scriptures is it written that
God’s ultimate plan for the geographic territory known today
as the state of Israel, will be implemented by a specific
nation of people (Americans or Israelis) acting pursuant the
direction of their secular government leaders?
true that according to God’s Word, the people of Israel
rejected and turned away from Him resulting in their being
“scattered to the wind?”
true that God promised to restore to His Grace the spiritual
descendents of the twelve tribes of ancient Israel (not just
the racial descendents of the tribes of Judah and
true that this promise will be fulfilled when He decides,
not when AIPAC or the Christian Evangelical Community
true that there is no Biblical or moral justification for
the government-sponsored theft of private property, the
violent subjugation, and the oppression of millions of
Isn’t it true that no religious belief system worthy of
respect can justify the murder and oppression of innocent
Who Is A Threat To Whom?
Who Has Been Acting In Bad Faith?
true that there is a voluminous body of non-partisan
literature that thoroughly documents the fact that the 1967
Middle East War was provoked and preemptively initiated by
not the Arabs?
true that the 1967 USS Liberty incident, when Israel
intentionally and maliciously attacked a flagged U.S. Navy
ship and murdered and maimed dozens of American Sailors and
Marines (an act of war that was covered up by the U.S.
government for over 30 years), is a true example of Israel’s
“Might Makes Right” dogma, and what it really thinks of its
so-called “best friend” (America) and its Arab neighbors?
holds all of the military cards (plus all of the tanks,
fighter aircraft, tactical missiles, biological and chemical
weapons, nuclear arms, Sigint and Elint technology, and so
forth) in its lopsided and potentially terminal aggression
against the Palestinian people and other Arab peoples in the
true that neither the Palestinians nor the Arabs ultimately
represent a fatal threat to
especially with America’s military might standing in ready
true that all human life has equal value, and is worthy of
the same respect and protection?
How Well Informed Are We?
true that a large percentage of Americans who call
themselves Christians have approximately the same level of
knowledge and comprehension of Biblical history and the
eternal truths revealed in God’s Word, as they do America’s
history and the divinely inspired truths revealed in our
true that many are incapable of high order reasoning and
objective self-analysis, especially when confronted with the
fundamental contradiction between what they say they believe
and how they actually conduct their lives?
true that committed followers of Jesus Christ must accept
His word as complete instruction for how we are to live and
relate to our fellow man?
true that God’s Word is not a menu from which we can choose
the instructions that are acceptable, or tolerable, and then
dismiss those which cause discomfort or demand personal
true that the teachings of Jesus Christ are unambiguous
about how human beings are to relate to each other, under
true that most Christians on the “political left” don’t want
to hear that abortion and homosexuality are fundamentally
inconsistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ, while most
Christians on the “political right” don’t want to hear that
unprovoked, aggressive “pre-emptive” wars are immoral and
fundamentally incompatible with everything Christ taught?
true that the beliefs and conduct of American Christians on
both ends of the political spectrum are more influenced by
their political affiliations, than by their thorough
understanding and devotion to the actual teachings of their
true that the first books of the Old Testament are primarily
a history of the ancient Israelites, with limited practical
relevance to our contemporary lives?
true that the Old Testament Psalms, Proverbs and books of
the Prophets, provide God’s instruction and direction for
true, that when read in combination with the New Testament,
the Psalms, Proverbs and books of the Prophets present a
beautiful, compelling and complete story of God’s plan and
purpose for all His creation?
true that at the center of that story is “His-story”?
true that His-story is a story of God’s enduring love,
charity, mercy and grace?
true that His-story is a story of personal discipline,
self-control, integrity, honor and sacrifice?
true that His-story is a story of humility and forgiveness?
true that His-story is a story of moral courage?
true that His story is not a story of bigotry, judgment,
self-righteous aggression and violence, but a story of Love,
Peace and the spiritual ascension of the Children of God?
Americans survey the world around us and reflect on the part
that we have individually and collectively played in writing
“our” history, what story do we want to be our legacy?
What story do we wish to help author?
What story do we want to help finance?
will we leave to guide future generations of Americans?
Which story will we commit our lives, works and spirits to?
Will it be
His-story, or some other story?
decide -- and soon.
In the end,
it appears our nation has been drawn into this senseless
global religious and geo-political conflagration for two
because our Nation has rejected the true Faith of our
Founding Fathers in favor of the moral relativism that has
now consumed our culture.
Second, because we have abandoned our Founders’ divinely
inspired and eminently prudent counsel regarding the dangers
of unbridled government power and unwise foreign
nation, and as a planet, we had best soon decide how to live
together in peace and harmony and how to best govern
ourselves in the service of protecting His unalienable gifts
-- for all of Mankind.
Because we are so deeply devoted to the principles of faith
and freedom upon which America stands, it seems that
defending our Constitution is the honorable and right place
March 18th article titled “Mid-East Policy
vs. the U.S. Constitution”
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