Grant Smith discusses his new book, The Israel Lobby Enters State Government, which tells the scandalous story of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board, a branch of the Virginia state legislature tasked with promoting Israeli business interests in the state. Unlike a chamber of commerce, says Smith, VIAB is quite literally a part of Virginia’s government, so its members can use political power to obtain contracts for businesses that they choose, with special provisions that businesses in the free market would never get. This has led to failure after failure, with much of the taxpayer money that funds these companies simply lost forever.
Discussed on the show:
- The Israel Lobby Enters State Government: Rise of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board
- “Israel and Its US Lobby Finally Achieve a Long-Term Objective: Direct US-Iranian Military Conflict” (Antiwar.com Blog)
Grant F. Smith is the author of a number of books including Big Israel: How Israel’s Lobby Moves America and Divert!. He is director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C.
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