The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US? Is It Good for Israel? – National Press Club in Washington

On April 10, an all-day conference on “The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US? Is It Good for Israel?” was held at the National Press Club in Washington. More information on the conference can be accessed at its website,
Among the 18 speakers on six panels was HAARETZ columnist Gideon Levy. His superb speech is a MUST WATCH 21 minutes of insight and wisdom. It can be accessed at minutes 19-40 of the video transmitted below of Panel 4 (“Is the Lobby Good for Israel?”).
Gideon’s article on the conference (“The beginning of the American Spring”), published yesterday, can be accessed at
For those with time available, the speeches by Miko Peled and Huwaida Arraf which precede and follow Gideon’s speech are also well worth watching.
Indeed, those seriously interested in Israel/Palestine and/or the United States of America may wish to “consume with moderation”, over time, some or all of the other five panels, for which YouTube helpfully provides links to the right of the screen:
Panel 1: “What is the Israel Lobby and How Does it Work?” (Grant Smith, Seth Morrison and Jeffrey Blankfort)
Panel 2:”Are Critical Voices Silenced?” (Richard Falk, Alice Rothchild and Jack Shaheen)
Panel 3: “Is Freedom of Speech Encouraged on American Campuses?” (Amani Al-Khatahbeh, Dima Khalidi and Ahmed Saadaldin)
Panel 5: “How Does the Lobby Influence Congress?” (MJ Rosenberg, Nick Rahall and Paul Findley)
Panel 6: “Is There an Iraq-Iran Continuum?” (Gareth Porter, Reza Marashi and Paul Pillar)
The conference was organized by the WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS, America’s leading magazine on Middle East affairs, which is published eight times a year ( I recommend that anyone who is not already a subscriber become one. (FULL DISCLOSURE: I have the honor and privilege of having had 51 of my articles published in the WASHINGTON REPORT over the years.)

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