…from Press TV, Tehran

[ Editor’s Note: Well this came as a surprise this morning. I almost choked on my coffee.

I was not aware of the new Gallup poll that American support for Israel is at its lowest in the past decade, with Republicans leading the way. Am I having a dream? If anyone saw this reported in corporate media earlier, please let me know in the comments.

Even the story below has held back. Haaretz reports that The Israel Project went bankrupt, versus “closed”; so once again, we get more truth from Israeli media than from a Press TV story.

“They just have no money left, absolutely nothing,” one person who has worked closely with TIP over the years was reported as saying by Haaretz. This person also stated that work at TIP’s US office “has also come to a halt”, but TIP’s officials are now debating how to end operations.

This is another example of how our media is solidly in the pocket of the Zionist regime when it comes to censoring Israeli news deemed detrimental, even if true. This is why we have to search foreign media every morning to read what our own media does not want us to know.

I was shocked to see the decline in support having started in 2015, which means the lid has been kept on this story for years. I hope we can see a series of articles on all the details.

Maybe now we see the real reason for all the legislation to make any criticism of Israel criminal – and why this story was buried while the effort was going on. How much more can a foreign country interfere inside America than to have any mention of their activities criminalized?

And how should we treat a political establishment that bows down to this foreign invader – who many Americans view as subverting the US – via political corruption as the accepted tried-and-true method?

This story is the tip of the iceberg. The mother of all political and security stories is the sell out of US officials to let Israel conduct massive espionage operations here, on all levels.


And I would go further, that this stand down would rise to the level of “aiding and abetting”, where each count is a felony. If anyone is aware of anyone ever being charged for this, please share in the commentsJim W. Dean ]

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– First published … August 08, 2019

US-based pro-Israel advocacy organization, the Israel Project (TIP), has reportedly been forced to close its Israel office in anticipation of a complete shutdown due to a sharp decline in support.

According to TIP managers, the group “simply ran out of money” after losing a large proportion of its annual funds and donations due to the increased “polarized political climate in the United States”, Haaretz reported.

The pro-Israel group was a proponent of “hasbara”, an Israeli concept seeking to legitimize Israel in the eyes of the world public opinion through disseminating propaganda.

The TIP formed in 2002 at the height of the second Palestinian Intifada, and sought to influence journalists and their coverage of Israel.

TIP activities gradually grew to cover multiple languages and countries, as well as conduct influence operations on the social media.

The group has been known for its hard-hitting stance against Iran and even Islam, going as far as promoting Islamophobia and conducting marketing research on how to “sell military action against Iran to the American public”.

‘We attacked the Iran deal’

The group prides itself on having lobbied extensively against the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, a key polarizing factor which also led to the group’s sharp decline.

TIP’s vice president and head of its Israel office Lior Weintraub, a former Israeli diplomat in Washington, described why the group gradually lost support among its donors.

“We attacked the Iran deal; because Israel became part of the internal American political debate;…because support for Israel became too complicated for some of them in these times,” he said.

Critics believe the pro-Israel advocacy group became too closely aligned with the regime of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, specifically in its bid to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal, alienating many American supporters across the political spectrum.

Consequently starting from 2015, the TIP lost a large number of its donations, and is currently on the verge of shutting down all together.

Last month, TIP CEO Josh Block, a former spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, resigned from the organization, citing “the polarized political climate in the US, both in the wider body politic and inside the Jewish community”.

Despite Trump’s strongly pro-Israel foreign policy, the fall of the leading propaganda firm marks one of the latest signals of increasing negative public opinion regarding Israel in the US.

Trump’s strong stance on Israel has pushed Tel Aviv into the center of the American political discussion, resulting in increased debate about Washington’s support.

A recent Gallup poll found that American support for Israel has fallen to its lowest level in the past decade.

The decline was seen among both Democrats and Republicans. Followers of Trump’s own party posted the sharpest decrease, however.


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16 COMMENTS

  1. The statement that repugs are in the lead with their growing unease with Israel is certainly NOT reflected in governmental votes/actions. How many repugs voted against the HR 246? 1. How many states with anti-BDS or anti-semitic laws are repug run? In my state, (Arkansas, the home of Tom ‘for sale’ Cotton) they slipped it through and practically no one even knew it. Hopefully, we can get rid of this traitor Cotton this next vote…not to mention the rest of our Sens & Reps…repugs all. They have devastated our state financially, destroyed our healthcare and tried to reduce voting eligibility. They recently sent out cards requiring one to reply in 10 days or lose your right to vote. I had to go down and reaffirm my right to vote as I was out of town when their little card came. I had already reaffirmed my right to vote when I renewed my DL…3 months prior. I have no faith in the Dims as well, but Repugs rejecting Israel is just not believable. I get newsletters from them all and they continually push support for Israel “our only real friend in the ME”.

  2. to be continued…

    When I had a tabloid (minus) understanding of geopolitics, i.e. during most of my life, it was regular Jewish friends who tempered the attitude towards the crudely fascistic Zionism that, in my ignorance I harboured. True I had been horrified to read that the Palestinians had attacked an infants’ school, but latter I realised that such behaviour in wars seems to be common on both sides.

    None of this is to disparage Christian culture, shockingly-debased though it soon became. It has still been a beacon of sanity and beneficence down the centuries, in comparison with what we can now see the atheistic alternatives. When Charlemagne conquered most of Europe by the edge of the sword, one of the first questons the then pope was asked by a French bishop concerned how the sale of a slave for human sacrifice should be treated. He was told: as ‘murder’. I don’t believe

    • … continued

      I don’t believe God gives the Israelis or anyone else ‘carte blanche’, today, however, to commit such genocide. Nor, certainly in this context, it seems, do the Orthodox rabbis, who see the New Jerusalem as a spiritual locus; primarily, anyway.

  3. To be continued..

    There is ‘bias’ and there is ‘truth’. They are not the same. When the truth is, in fact, one-sided, we don’t call it .bias’, even though, objectively, that is the way that the truth is aligned. We call it what it is : ‘the truth’.

    The really encouraging things about this news is that it would presumably be the Jewish people themselves who have realised that ‘hasbara’ was going way too far. Remember that every country has two populations : its leaders and its people, who tend to have very different values – although the latter being less worldly-wise, in a general way can be vulnerable to the formers’ mendacious propaganda.

  4. There used to be 85 million Boomers. Of the 65 million still here, Boomers are passing away at the rate of 4600 per day, or one every 19 seconds. They were the largest block of zios, with the least resistance to Serratia marcescens (see Jack Heart,Blood of Christ), mind kontrol. The succeeding generations of self-identifying Christians are continuing to lose sympathy for state-sponsored genocide, regardless of the excuses of the perps. There is no D-wave that will change it.

  5. “we see the real reason for all the legislation to make any criticism of Israel criminal.” … Their cause is toast.
    We are right on the edge of the Likudnik colossus melting into oblivion for time beyond eternity. Good riddance, dracos. Don’t call us. We’ll call you.

    I wonder why so many professors at American universities researching the applications of acoustics to weather and hurricanes have such short lives, dying suddenly in their prime from aneuryisms, boston brakes, heart attacks; when the sordid elite live beyond 100? Kinda weird, if you ask me. Should we consider having protection for honest American professors who say the truth? They are on their own, and don’t know that truth is harbored in shark-infested waters; and they just get picked off, while the legacy of a true higher education is debased. And yet, everyone else complains about educators having stood down on saying the truth. Reflect on that for a moment.

  6. This is good news. But I would like to see VT and other organizations publish the list of names, addresses and other information on every lying lawyer or others in our so called Justice Dept. who has dismally failed to investigate and charge members of our Congress who are obviously on the take from Israel and /or dual citizens with Israel, and investigate and charge AIPAC and the other organizations who have patently violated the laws and failed to register as foreign agents for not just years but decades. When will these corrupt officials be arrested themselves for failing to perform their “sworn” duties? Obviously oaths are totally meaningless pro forma garbage in our disgusting corrupt government of the USA today. Name and identify and shame the specific individuals in our corrupt government responsible for this corruption against our citizens and our laws. Publish the list of names of these criminals every day.

    • Don’t make it so difficult, please…
      I would guess that it’s 100% participation. FGS, isn’t that obvious? “Take the silver or the lead.”

  7. Mr. Dean-
    I also check out “Haaretz”,to be better informed. You are absolutely correct when you say they run stories the MSM does not. Especially the stories of IDF using Palestinian Children for sniper target practice. Two years ago Haaretz ran a story saying Hasbara has become an embarrassment to Israel!
    It has been obvious to every informed American Patriot that Hasbara is nothing but Cyber Terrorism. Hasbara Trolls say they are an “information” group but their real purpose is to flag and censor any dissent.

    • Not an invalid statement. But, usually in a dialog, people do well to hear both sides and obtain multiple data points. The truth is usually somewhere in the middle between two extreme statements. If either side decides to impose its subjective self-serving narrative on the reader, then that propaganda needs to be addressed.

    • Presstv does show a pro-Iranian bias, as does most domestic media. However, there is a difference between bias and outright lies. When it comes to lies, disinformation and obfuscation…US MSM and Israeli MSM dwarf anything I have ever seen on Presstv. As in the reporting on these tankers in the PG, there was confusion on the reporting of facts by Iranian outlets, but no overt concerted attempt to lie about the actions taken. Compare that to western press wherein there is practically no mention of maritime violations, smuggling or anything other than Iran being a bad boy. What western MSM ever likened the Iranian tanker seizure as anything but legal? What would you describe western MSM as, if not propaganda units? Personally, I regard them as psyops.