Concerns have been raised among Israel supporters following the appointment of a controversial veteran political advisor by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.Last week, Obama introduced Zbigniew Brzezinski as “one of our most outstanding thinkers” during a policy speech on the Iraq war.
Brzezinski, selected by Obama to advise him on foreign policy affairs, has taken a highly critical stance towards Israel in the past, and has defended an academic attack on the American Jewish lobby which has been branded by some as being anti-Semitic. He has previously served as a national security advisor to President Jimmy Cater.
Brzezinki’s appointment immediately came under fire from Harvard law professor Alan Dershowiz, who was quoted by the Politico website as saying: “It is a tremendous mistake for Barack Obama to select as a foreign policy adviser the one person in public life who has chosen to support a bigoted book.”
One of the most troubling aspects of Brzezinski’s appointment for allies of Israel is his defense of the book, ‘The Israel Lobby,’ by American academics Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer. In it, the academics attack what they say is an overly powerful Jewish lobby which is damaging America’s interests. Their case has been accused of echoing traditional anti-Semitic thought and critics say it is based on faulty scholarship. But Brzezinski has described critics of Walt and Mearsheimer as “McCarthyists.”