Saturday, April 19, 2008

'A liberal Israel lobby'

'A liberal Israel lobby', Prospect Magazine issue 145 April 2008 - Printer Friendly Article

"So what exactly can we say about Aipac? Along with a small number of other groups, Aipac is widely seen as speaking for Israel and American Jews from within US politics. But Aipac is certainly more hawkish on middle east politics than most American Jews. Though the precise degree of its influence is hard to measure, it is by all accounts—particularly its own—an effective lobbier of congress. And it is famously pugnacious when challenged. Yet its relentless focus on Israel's short-term security needs is ultimately damaging to Israel's long-term need for a viable peace deal. Why, then, is there no counter-Aipac, no dovish Israel lobby?"

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