Вот наткнулся на интересную статейку, из вполне либеральной Нью-Йорк Таймс. Это к вопросу т.н. "Еврейском лобби" в Америке, и в подтверждение моей повторявшейся мысли, что опорой Израиля на этой стороне лужи являются не евреи, а по большей части правые, консервативные христиане. Обратите внимание на последний абзац.
Democrats vs. Israel
By WILLIAM SAFIRE
Most of the leaders of the Democratic Party and its liberal media voices distanced themselves from Israel in the midst of its defense against Arafat's war. Their echo-chambered furor caused George W. Bush to waver temporarily, but an outcry of moral dismay from Republicans stiffened his administration's spine.
Too partisan a reading? Consider: As the Palestinian murder of Jewish civilians exploded, Democrats blamed Bush for having been "disengaged." This charge of "noninvolvement" had one plain meaning: Bush should have continued the failed policy of Bill Clinton, pressuring Israel's newly elected leader to offer again the dangerous concessions of Camp David and Taba.
The Democrats' line was laid down by Clinton himself. He told Reuters on April 10 that U.S. "involvement" was indispensable, that he was "thrilled" by the dispatch of Colin Powell to negotiate. He took the Palestinian side that "there cannot be a cease-fire without a withdrawal" and equated Arafat and Ariel Sharon as "bull-headed."
Democrat Tom Daschle, Senate majority leader, then blocked a bipartisan resolution by Senators Mitch McConnell and Dianne Feinstein to designate the P.L.O. as a terrorist group. "Counterproductive," said Daschle, preferring to send his Democratic whip, Harry Reid, to repeat the mantra that Bush "should have been involved in this much earlier."
Democrat Joe Biden then refused to allow Bibi Netanyahu to appear before Senate Foreign Relations. The former prime minister's purpose was to call attention to Sharon's acceptance of — and Arafat's rejection of — the U.S. proposal for a cease-fire that would have saved hundreds of civilian lives.
"Totally inappropriate," decreed Biden, forcing his fellow Democrat Joe Lieberman and Republican Jon Kyl (denounced as a "sicko" by the chief U.S. Arab lobbyist) to provide a less prestigious forum to get Israel's message across.
Lieberman, as he famously did in another moral matter a few years ago, went against the Democratic leadership. He said ush's call to stop the counterattack "muddled our moral clarity" in the war against terror.
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