What’s Your Opinion on AIPAC?
The AIPAC conference which ended yesterday is a good opportunity to examine the role of the pro-Israel lobby in today’s political atmosphere.
According to Jewish Ideas Daily:
In reality, AIPAC’s leadership includes both supporters and opponents of Israel’s West Bank policies. What the organization embraces is a pro-Israel model that leaves to Israelis themselves decisions of existential consequence, reached through the consensus of the country’s body politic. AIPAC thus emphatically favors a two-state solution; insists on direct talks between Arabs and Israelis; holds the Palestinians to be the recalcitrant party; and robustly rejects any outside imposition of a “solution.”
This statement raises a number of questions:
1. What does it mean to be pro-Israel?
2. Does AIPAC represent Israel and Zionist Jews?
3. Is the US-Israel relationship helped or hurt by the existence of AIPAC?
4. Is AIPAC good for Israel?
What do you think? I would love to hear your opinions.