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Zealots' tactic

| Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

The last refuge of a Israel-can-do-no-wrong zealot is to label every critic of Israel as an anti-Semite. Cyril Wecht's attempt to demonize columnist Pat Buchanan in his letter “Wrong on AIPAC” is a typical Wechtian harangue.

During the frenzied run-up to George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq, Buchanan was one of the few columnists who had the courage and prescience to say we were being lied to by both Republican and Democrat neoconservatives and the extremely powerful Israel lobby. It is indisputable that AIPAC is now intensely lobbying legislators to not only scuttle any rapprochement with Iran, but for the U.S. to outright attack both Iran and Syria.

Noted professors John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt in their 2007 book “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” confirmed Buchanan's perception when they wrote that AIPAC and the dozens of other pro-Israel lobby groups (PACs) have a “stranglehold on the U.S. Congress” due to their “ability to reward legislators and congressional candidates who support their agenda and to punish those who challenge it.”

As far back as 1973 , Sen. Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on CBS' “Face the Nation” said “the Israelis control the policy in the Congress and the Senate.” But I am certain Mr. Wecht or one of his clones will denounce all of them and myself as anti-Semites also.

Gerald Schiller

Penn Hills

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