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AIPAC's Biography

AIPAC is the acronym for the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee. The AIPAC website describes that the purpose of the organization is to develop a close relationship with the people who indirectly influence and directly make US policy towards Israel.

“Activists work closely with AIPAC’s professional staff, people drawn from the top echelons of government, diplomacy, academia and politics. AIPAC lobbyists meet every member of Congress and cover every hearing on Capitol Hill that touches on the U.S.-Israel relationship. AIPAC policy experts each day review hundreds of periodicals, journals, speeches and reports and meet regularly with the most innovative foreign policy thinkers in order to track and analyze events and trends.”

AIPAC also says that it works to develop a grass roots effort that supplies rank-and-file activists with the best information. In this way, they can motivate the constituency to exert pressure to affect US policy towards Israel.

“Professionals in AIPAC’s regional offices reach out to activists in hundreds of communities each year from Missoula, Montana, to Miami, Florida. Whether meeting in a neighbor’s living room, attending a ballroom gala or participating in an AIPAC conference in Washington, AIPAC activists receive the most up-to-date analyses of Middle East issues and American politics. For more than two decades, AIPAC’s Political Leadership Development Program has educated and trained young leaders in pro-Israel advocacy, and encouraged them to become politically active. Students involved with AIPAC learn how to effectively advocate for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, bring their Members of Congress to campus, promote voter registration, work on political campaigns, and build relationships with other student leaders.”

It looks impressive. AIPAC is practically taking credit for US policy towards Israel. And indeed, if AIPAC were to state that it does not have an effect on US foreign policy it would be confessing to the utter futility of the multifarious, high-level and, one guesses, expensive activities it lists above. According to AIPAC, the effect it has on US foreign policy is to make it pro-Israel.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Lew makes remarks to AIPAC at their annual policy conference, in Washington
U.S. Treasury Secretary Lew makes remarks to AIPAC at their annual policy conference, in Washington
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