Stephen Walt and Ha'aretz both tell a story that many of us have known for a decade or three.
Israel actually has the power to influence US political appointees.
Ha'aretz: Every appointee to the American government must endure a thorough background check by the American Jewish community.
This is disgusting. For a 'piddling little Levantine country' to have this veto over the world's strongest power is quite ridiculous.
The Jews are a small tribe amongst many in the Levant. Lebanon has 17 different recognized religious parties and factions, and while it has an artificial bias towards Christians, doesn't now discriminate against any of them. (Although it took an 18 year civil war to come to terms).
Muslim 59.7% (Shia, Sunni, Druze, Isma'ilite, Alawite or Nusayri), Christian 39% (Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Chaldean, Assyrian, Copt, Protestant), other 1.3%
note: 17 religious sects recognized