This is a MUST-READ (from Mondoweiss) on the Faustian pact between the US Democratic Party and Zionist money: to the extent that the Dems cosy up to/ accommodate/ go soft on/ shut up about (however you care to put it) Israel, they will get big $$$ and immunity from being smeared as anti-Semitic:
"The latest emails from the Clinton campaign are radioactive. Two emails last year to campaign chairman John Podesta from Neera Tanden, head of the Clintonite thinktank Center for American Progress (CAP), lay bare the influence of Zionist money on the political process as nothing else has.
"The emails relate to Tanden's controversial invitation to right wing Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyau to come to the thinktank, months after he had tried to destroy President Obama's Iran deal - for a fawningly-positive 'interview' in which Tanden barely touched on the prime minister's racist appeals to win reelection in Israel earlier that year.
"On November 11, the morning of the Netanyahu lovefest, Podesta asked Tanden for a bottom line on the event: 'What has been gained and what has been lost?' Tanden wrote back to him that afternoon that it was awful, but worth it, because CAP scored a big donor, and we won't be called anti-Semitic again.
'Nothing we have [ever] done [before] has pitted being a thinktank and being ideologically action-oriented against each other more harshly. At the end of the day we had to choose. So [the] answer is complicated. If I could have [had] the whole thing not happen, [I] would definitely have [had] it not happen. But it happened to us.
'Things gained: We will never be called anti-Semitic again. No matter what anyone writes. [The] mainstream press and people think we handled it just right - tough questions. I think for any dismissers, not that I think there were a lot, but we have definitely proven we're a thinktank. And it may have sealed the deal with a new board member.
'Things lost: Staff is riven. On both sides. We are holding a lot of meetings on that. Worse [sic] thing - someone leaked [a] staff statement. That kind of thing really changes the culture. How to keep that culture with that kind of leaking is going to be hard, but [we] need to navigate [it]. And far left hates me.'
"Tanden followed up with this jubilant email to Podesta on December 23: 'Jonathan Levine... is joining the board. So Netanyahu was worth it:)...'
"We noted how much Jonathan Levine, of Bain Capital, and his wife Jeannie, are committed to Israel in this post also based on a Tanden email. As to CAP's fears re a reputation for anti-Semitism, that is because a bunch of neoconservative Israel lobbyists bird-dogged it in 2011-2012 for staffers who were writing letters critical of Israel and the Israel Lobby on Think Progress. All those staffers were in essence purged/ walked out the front door in the end...
"So the dead hand of the past inside Jewish life - rich old donors - are controlling ME policy in liberal institutions... " (Invite to Netanyahu brought a big donor to Dem thinktank - and 'we'll never be called anti-Semitic again', Philip Weiss, mondoweiss.net, 31/10/16)