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What AIPAC Said

Ken Toltz | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Ken Toltz

It's more than ironic then that last week's 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference appearance by Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump prompted a public apology by AIPAC leadership issued the following morning.

A Heart of Many Rooms: Can Jews Stay Together After the Iran Vote?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

This is not to say we should not have strong convictions. We are a people who argue. We are a people who disagree. But the challenge now is not to let these disagreements tear us apart. They have done too many times in history. Indeed, some of our worst wounds have been self-inflicted.

Obama's Congress Victory and Israel

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 09.03.2015 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The big fight is over, and President Obama is the clear winner. Where there is a winner, there are also losers, and in the case of the Iran nuclear deal, the losers are the pro-Israel lobby group Aipac, but also the cause of stability in the Middle East.

Sam Stein

How A 2007 Debate Gaffe Paved The Way For A Deal That Will Define Obama's Legacy | Sam Stein | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On June 3, 2008, Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois, secured the necessary delegates to become the Democratic nominee for presid...

Samantha Lachman

Susan Rice Delivers Tough Love To AIPAC About Iranian Nuclear Negotiations | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's national security adviser, buttered up the thousands of American Israel Public Affairs Committee po...

Jessica Schulberg

The Toughest Job At AIPAC: Selling Iran Diplomacy | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Selling nuclear diplomacy with Iran was perhaps the toughest job at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference thi...

AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy

Stephen M. Walt | Posted 09.21.2014 | World
Stephen M. Walt

A Greater Israel cannot be anything but an apartheid state, and exclusionary ethnic nationalism of this sort is not sustainable in the 21st century. Israel's Arab subjects will eventually demand equal rights, and as former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned back in 2007, once that happens, "the state of Israel is finished."

AIPAC Convenes Sunday, Facing New Era of Declining Influence

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

AIPAC's annual conference that begins Sunday night promises to be less interesting than any in recent memory. That is because the main event took place months ago.

AIPAC: Stuck With the GOP

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

It doesn't matter what legislation AIPAC decides to push in March. The main thing it will be pushing is fear and no small dose of hate. The inevitable fusion of AIPAC and the GOP is approaching.

Obama Starts To Turn Tide Against Lobby's Sanctions Bill

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

If AIPAC is to successfully manipulate U.S. foreign policy on behalf of the Israeli government, it must do so surreptitiously. The night flower thrives in the shade and the media has permitted it to stay there.

Iran Should Call the Pro-War Lobby's Bluff

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 07.23.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

There is a fundamental absurdity hanging over negotiations with Iran, and I fear it could doom the whole enterprise. It is the position of AIPAC as adopted by the Congress of the United States.

House Votes This Week to Tie Obama's Hands on Iran

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

Presidents need latitude to make decisions affecting matters of national security and, until now, all presidents have been afforded it, as provided for in the United States Constitution. But, in the case of Iran, the cheerleaders for war are trying to change the rules.

What Will Obama Do if Iran Says Yes But the Lobby & Congress Say NO?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 04.13.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

What is President Obama going to do if he and the allies reach an agreement with Iran? It's easy to know what he will do if it turns out that the Islamic Republic has no interest in a deal.

Abandoning "Israel Firster" to Fight a Battle to Win

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

I have been fighting to help achieve a secure Israel, at peace with its neighbors, for more than 43 years. I continue to do that by fighting against a war that could eradicate Israel and endanger Jewish security in the United States and throughout the world.

The 0% Doctrine

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Whether he meant to or not, in his latest version of Iran war policy President Obama has built on the Bush precedent. His represents, however, an even more extreme version, which should perhaps be labeled the 0% Doctrine.

Casual Talk of War

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Republicans candidates see Iran as an issue that can be exploited, especially among their conservative base. But recent polls show a majority of Americans are not interested in another war.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Scolds GOP Presidential Candidates For 'Casualness' In Talk Of War With Iran | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his most direct attack to date on the Republicans vying for his job, President Barack Obama on Tuesday knocked his GOP challengers fo...

Obama's Israel Problem

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Ben Cohen

Barack Obama has tried and largely failed to rein in Israel's aggression against the Palestinians while he has been in office. But the president is finding that Israel's belligerence toward Iran is a far more serious problem that may require a much firmer hand.

Joshua Hersh

Israel's Netanyahu: Iran 'A Nuclear Duck' | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.06.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Israel's prime minister told a massive pro-Israel gathering Monday night that time was running out to prevent Iran from acquiring a nucl...

Obama & Iran

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The United States is on the brink of war with Iran with no more understanding -- or discussion -- than why we are fighting an all-out war in Afghanistan. What has become a national habit of acting without public deliberation is a clear and present danger to the country's well-being.

Barack, Bibi and the Election

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Although the U.S. is a large and mighty country and Israel as small and vulnerable one, it is Netanyahu who has the leverage.

Republicans, Netanyahu and Iranian Children

Fariba Amini | Posted 05.04.2012 | World
Fariba Amini

If Netanyahu decides to strike, Iranians and Americans (and Israelis) will not only be dragged into an unwanted and bloody war but Iranians may have to protect themselves from clouds of nuclear radioactive material with grave short-term, not to mention long-term, effects.

Obama Draws Red Lines and Distinctions on Iran in AIPAC Speech

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Trita Parsi

While expressing his sympathy and friendship with Israel, Obama did not yield his red line at AIPAC. With the backing of the U.S. military, he has stood firm behind weaponization rather than weapons capability as the red line.

Note to Obama: Puffery and Pandering on Israel and Iran Are Not Strategy

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Israel, under Netanyahu's leadership, seems to want to drive a dynamic in which it demonstrates its power by compelling the president to attack Iran on its behalf. This is neither in Israel's real interests -- nor America's.

Obama and Israel: Setting the Record Straight

Guy Ziv | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Guy Ziv

Contrary to the accusations leveled by Obama's critics, bilateral defense cooperation is both broader and deeper today than at any time in history.