New York Times Publishes CNI Propaganda Ad
By Steven Stotsky
On April 22, the New York Times carried yet another full page ad by the Council for the National Interest (CNI) portraying Israel as a brutal apartheid state and an obstacle to peace in the region.
The ad praises former President Jimmy Carter’s recent book accusing Israel of instituting apartheid policies in the West Bank and Gaza, offering distorted and false information to support his charges. While condemning the Middle East’s sole liberal democracy, the ad presents a conciliatory view of tyrannical regimes in Iran, Syria and the Palestinian Authority. Unsurprisingly, in light of the long associations of CNI members with Saudi Arabia, the ad includes warm praise for the king of the family-run kingdom.
This most recent ad is part of a longstanding campaign by the well-funded anti-Israel advocacy group to turn public opinion away from support of Israel. CNI is known for peddling the image of a nefarious Jewish lobby dictating American foreign policy against America’s better interests in the Middle East, and the recent ad doesn’t disappoint in this regard. CNI’ s agenda reflects the views of its founder, ex-Illinois representative Paul Findley, a bitter foe of Israel and the Jewish community, who blames the pro-Israel lobby for costing him his congressional seat.
Findley and fellow CNI founder, former representative Pete McCloskey, espouse a conspiratorial view of the influence of the "Jewish lobby" long pervasive among the anti-Semitic lunatic fringe, but recently popularized by professors Mearsheimer and Walt and former President Jimmy Carter.
Of course they'd embrace that jackass Carter...