The U.S.-Israel Special Relationship _ on Anti-War Progressive Teach-in

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The U.S.-Israel Special Relationship — Keynote: Stephen Walt and then Gareth Porter on Iran

The National Summit was held March 7, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. It was the most high profile, public response and critique to-date of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Israel’s foremost US Lobby, whose mission is to quote urge(s) all members of Congress to support Israel through foreign aid, government partnerships, (and) joint anti-terrorism efforts.

Just days earlier, from March 1st through 3rd, AIPAC had held its annual policy conference in our nation s capital, celebrating the US Special Relationship with Israel. According to AIPACs web site more than half of the Senate, a third of the House of Representatives and countless Israeli and American policymakers were among the 14,000 attendees.

In face of that long established relationship granted by the US to no other country, the organizers of the The National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel Special Relationship hoped to open the door to an informed and inclusive national discussion about what they consider the pitfalls of this special relationship with Israel. They said that quote it is long past time for this critical national conversation to occur and for the American public to have a voice in U.S. foreign policies. (Stated in the May 14 volume of the Washington Report.)

The historian, investigative journalist, and author Gareth Porter specializes in U.S. national security policy. He was one of the speakers on Panel 2 at the National Summit: Does Israel and its lobby exercise too much influence on U.S. decisions to wage war in the Middle East?

His talk on the “manufactured crisis” and drive for U.S./Israel military actions against Iran was seen by many as an expose of government malfeasance – going as far back as the George Herbert Walker Bush and Clinton administrations and maintained through Bush Junior and the Obama White House.

Porter researched for his book, the Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, published in February 2014, what he calls the false evidence that Iran had a nuclear weapons program. In his book and this talk Porter shows that the documents used to prove the existence of the weapons program were fabricated and that those who presented the evidence, as well as other intelligence agencies such as the German BND knew that they came from sources that could not be trusted. From The National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel Special Relationship by a TUC Radio Presentation.

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