If someone asked you what Aipac’s mission was you might say: lobbying for Israel; bringing politicians and journalists to Israel; promoting Israel’s interests in American society; strengthening Zionism among college students. But would you ever in your wildest dreams answer that one of Aipac’s missions was to side with Indian Hindu extremists in their holy war against Islam? I thought I knew about a lot about Aipac. But even I was bowled over when I read this from M.J. Rosenberg (he should know since he worked for the group for 10 years or more):
AIPAC actually works closely with Hindu religious parties in the Indian government to teach them how to lobby effectively on Kashmir and the rest of the Hindu nationalist agenda. In fact, the Israel lobby trained the Indians on how to lobby effectively.
This takes the chief Israel-lobby organization far afield from its supposed mandate to promote Israel’s interests in the U.S. How can you possibly argue that taking the side of Hindu nationalists in their fight against India’s Muslims and Pakistan is part of a pro-Israel agenda? Unless of course, the cause of Israel must now be yoked to any cause that slimes Muslims. Is that what Aipac’s neocon agenda has come down to? Jewish Jihad against Islam?
This 2002 Forward article fleshes out a lot of M.J.’s claim about the closeness of the Israel lobby to Hindus nationalists.
H/t to reader John Dickerson.