Friday, September 04, 2015

How AIPAC Lost the Iran Deal Fight

By Karoun Demirjian and Carol Morello, September 3 at 6:12 PM, WashPost

Not since George H.W. Bush was president has the American Israel Public Affairs Committee sustained such a public defeat on an issue it deemed an existential threat to Israel’s security.

But the Iran nuclear deal has Washington insiders wondering if the once-untouchable lobbying giant has suffered lasting damage to its near-pristine political reputation.

In fighting the deal, AIPAC and its affiliates mustered all of its considerable resources: spending tens of millions on television ads in the home states of undecided lawmakers and organizing a fly-in to blitz lawmakers on Capitol Hill – another is planned for next week when Congress returns from August recess to vote on a resolution of disapproval. But all that noise amounted to a humbling and rare defeat this week, when President Obama secured a strong enough plurality in the Senate to protect the pact from efforts to dismantle it.

Many say AIPAC’s efforts were doomed to fail in the aftermath of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s combative speech to Congress in March — an appearance brokered by Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. along with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) without White House consultation. Many of AIPAC’s supporters also blame President Obama and what they see as a process he rigged and a debate he polarized.

(More here.)


Blogger Minnesota Central said...

On an unrelated note, did you see that 3 Members of the British Parliament along with others, have signed a letter calling for imposing "immediate sanctions and an arms embargo on Israel until it complies with international law and ends the blockade and the occupation."
There is also a petition, with over 100,000 signatures, calling for PM Netanyahu arrest for war crimes when he visits Britain later this month.

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