Mighty Morphin’ Power Brokers

California Governor Gray Davis received $100,000 boost from Hollywood Mogul Haim Saban and appointed him as a regent in the University of California System. Saban donated a record-breaking $7 million to the democratic national committee in 2002 just before rules came into effect regulating soft money donations. Saban’s donations to Clinton’s elections were significant. Clinton appointed him to the US Export Council and Saban and his family came at least once as guests of Clinton at Camp David. Saban donated generously to the Gore/Lieberman campaign and recently gave $5 million to the Clinton Library Foundation [2]. Saban’s donations to the Brookings Institute established the Saban Center for Middle Eastern Studies

‘After stepping down as AIPAC [the umbrella Israeli lobby group] president in 1982, [Larry] Weinberg devoted himself to creating a new Washington think tank. His goal, he told friends, was to alter the intellectual atmosphere surrounding Middle East policy discussions in the capital. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy opened its doors in 1984 with Weinberg’s wife Barbi, herself a formidable power in Jewish community circles, as president. The executive director was Martin Indyk, an Australian Jewish Middle East scholar who had worked with Steven Rosen in the AIPAC research department’ [5].

Senator William Fulbright once wrote: “The fundamental problem for us is that we have lost our freedom of action in the Middle East and are committed to policies that promote neither our own national interest nor the cause of peace. AIPAC (the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee) and its allied organizations have effective working control of the electoral process” [1]. http://www.motherjones.com/web_exclusives/special



[3]. http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/islam/pr051302.htm

[5]. See http://www.al-awda.org/thewaroniraq/ for further information and links on this issue.

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