According to Kerry, then, the pro-Israel lobby is spending a lot of money to defeat the deal, after which Israel and its lobbyists will push the United States to war. He made the point even more directly on July 23 at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing: “People are going to be saying, well, what are we going to do about it? They’re enriching. You’ll hear the prime minister of Israel calling me up: ‘Time to bomb.’ ”

The next day, on July 24, at the Council on Foreign Relations, Kerry returned to his favorite new theme. He asserted that if Congress rejected the deal, “our friends in Israel could actually wind up being more isolated. And more blamed.” In other words, the Obama administration and its allies will see to it that Israel is more isolated. And more blamed. Not because of anything Israel has done. But because the elected representatives of the American people will have rejected John Kerry’s deal.

Eric Hoffer, the “longshoreman philosopher,” said it well 47 years ago:

The Jews are a peculiar people: Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it; Poland and Czechoslovakia did it; Turkey drove out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchmen; Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese—and no one says a word about refugees. 

But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. 

Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world. 

Other nations when they are defeated survive and recover. But should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed last June [1967], he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews. .  .  . 

Yet at this moment, Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.

I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel, so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the holocaust will be upon us.

Eric Hoffer lacked the pedigree of a John Kerry, the cleverness of a James Baker, the facility of a Pat Buchanan, the glibness of a Barack Obama. He was merely an American patriot, a defender of the West, an interpreter of everyday experience, and an apostle of common sense. If he were alive today, he would not be intimidated when career politicians tried to dismiss him as an apologist for the Israel lobby. He would have worn their scorn as a badge of honor. As should all of us, Jews and non-Jews, who choose to stand with Israel and to “lobby” for the national security interests of the United States.