In this debate, you get to hear about conspiracies where the “Israel Lobby” and “they” stifle debate and discussion about the Israel “Palestine” conflict. Amazingly, the two proponents of this view, Finkelsteing and Cockburn, who make a good living at least in part by attacking Israel in their writing, try to take the position that somehow the debate is stifled. Of course, when Cockburn is challenged on this point and asked to provide examples, he can’t provide a single one. When Finkelstein speaks, he panders to the audience but makes absolutely no points of substance. Sadly, on the other side of the debate, Martin Indyk shows himself to be a diplomat and not an academic, reporter or politician. He is simply too soft and despite ample opportunities to destroy the claims of these two jokers he cannot seem to take advantage. There is voting at the end of this broadcast where, magically, the two who don’t prove their point at all still receive the majority, but you can’t watch this debate and come away with that conclusion unless you’re pre-disposed to it.
It is tiresome to watch these vacuous points about the “Israel lobby” get traction.