Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Is AIPAC in danger of making itself irrelevant??

Is AIPAC in danger of making itself irrelevant? If it is under the control of the extreme right, it will become the "Israel Lobby" caricatured by anti-Semites and anti-Zionists. It won't represent Israeli interests or the will of US Jews.
Is that "good for the Jews?"

Hagee at AIPAC: Is AIPAC veering to the right??


Jim Hagee will apear at AIPAC. Well OK, he is entitled to his opinion. Perhaps George Soros should be there too. What is more worrying than the appearance of Hagee, who is just one speaker, is the general background given here:
Pro-peace groups say they will not press AIPAC to soften its language about the Palestinians, as they have done in the past. Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), will come to the executive committee meeting loaded with amendments aimed at toughening them....

Kahn said AIPAC has also strengthened itself by aggressively "pushing the Orthodox community to engage. You have more and more Orthodox rabbis who are touting AIPAC and touting joining AIPAC. AIPAC understands that if you get the rabbis on board, they in turn will press the community to get involved."

That "dramatic shift," he said, may make AIPAC "less representative, but it also strengthens the group as voices on Mideast policy become more diverse.
It is hard to see how the group becomes "more diverse" if it is going to be run by orthodox Jews and Jim Hagee.

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