"Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman said the Franklin affair could potentially pose a threat to all Jewish lobbyists.
"Foxman said it is not clear what exactly is allowed in terms of the relationships between the administration and the media and between nongovernmental organizations and foreign governments. The lack of clarity, he said, could have a destructive influence on the activities of all U.S. Jewish groups."
Some other Jewish leaders are even more outraged:
"Malcolm Hoenlein [executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations] labelled the ruling 'disturbing,' a comment greeted by applause from the audience to whom he spoke about US-Israel relations at the Interdisciplinary Center's Herzliya Conference.
"'The very fact that this kind of climate can exist in the capital of the United States is unacceptable,' Hoenlein said of the sentencing as well as subtle anti-Semitism heard in the corridors of power.
"He added, '[That] two patriotic American citizens who are working for Jewish organizations who did nothing to violate American security, should have to stand trial and be subject to the public scrutiny and public humiliation, frankly I find very disturbing and a matter that we all have to look at in a much more serious way.'Once again, alleging anti-Semitism in an attempt to deflect legitimate questions and criticisms shows the desperation of the Zionist lobby. It also proves that greater public awareness of the largely secret relationship between the US and Israel is feared by the same individuals.
Gorillia in the Room explained in May 2005 the various issues raised by the Franklin case. The American public are largely ignorant of the individuals and allegiances behind the Iraq war and current rumblings over Iran. Gorilla revealed what was at stake:
"I know that these questions lead in directions where the media generally doesn't go - did we really invade Iraq at least in part as a result of the influence of the Israel lobby? Are we being pushed into a confrontation with Iran the same way? That's the real question raised by this case. [Zionist lobbyists] AIPAC and its defenders are going to try to spin this investigation as motivated by anti-Semitism. I would urge you not to buy into that without carefully evaluating such charges yourself. They've been caught receiving classified information illegally so that they could lobby for war with Iran, and now they're trying to change the subject."
Meanwhile in Australia, such questions are ignored.