POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Who is AIPAC and what are they about? What role did AIPAC play in Netanyahu’s blatant and foolish attempt to influence the U.S. Presidential election?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 13, 2012

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  • The AIPAC web site does not seem to list the names of its leaders. or major contributors. Who are these people?
  • AIPAC, or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, describes itself as the most important organization affecting the U.S. relationship with Israel.
  • The primary goal of AIPAC is to work with Congress to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship.
  • With a budget of $65 million, and membership now standing at over 100,000, it is no wonder that congressional staffers consider it one of the most powerful and effective lobbies on Capitol Hill.
  • AIPAC had played a key role in fomenting support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq.  It is playing an even greater role in supporting a future military strike against the people of Iran.
  • Dana Milbank wrote in March 2012 Israel is moving toward a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear program, and American leaders are coming before AIPAC this week to give their blessings.

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