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Published On: Sat, Sep 7th, 2013

American Israel Public Affairs Committee Faces Defeat?

TND Media Context Review / By Eric Dubin / aipac

The rest of the country has long known that things are a bit different “inside the beltway.”  But a new and most unusual wrinkle has emerged from the Obama Administration’s rush to war.  The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the powerful pro-Israel lobby, is now being seen as caught between a rock and a hard place.

AIPAC officially backs the Obama Administration’s campaign to strike Syria.  But now that Congress has awaken to the fact that the American people are sick and tired of being lied into wars, AIPAC’s efforts to sell Obama’s war plans may fall on ears of elected men and women who, for once, might actually vote in accordance with the wishes of their constituencies — imagine that!

Ha’aretz, considered by many to be “the New York Times of Israel,” reported today, “…now that the American Jewish establishment has come off the fence to loudly endorse the president’s policy, the fallout from an Administration failure to convince Congress could claim two additional victims: Israel and the influential lobby that supports it.”  The entire article is worth reading.  Click here to access the story.

This isn’t the first time AIPAC faced potential defeat.  It failed to convince a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate to block the sale of AWACS aircraft to Saudi Arabia in 1981.  AIPAC suffered another defeat when George H. W.  Bush wanted to preserve the image of the United States as an “honest broker” for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.  Israel repeatedly used its expansion of settlements in the Israeli occupied territory of the West Bank as leverage against the Palestinians.  Following an announcement of new settlement expansions and against the express desires of then Secretary of State James Baker, President Bush won Congressional approval for a four-month moratorium on loan guarantees to Israel.

But this time it’s different, pundits are quick to point out.  AIPAC’s previous defeats came when the lobby opposed the President.  Now, AIPAC might just go down with President Obama.
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- Mr. Dubin is the Managing Editor of He has 25 years of experience as an independent buyside securities and global macro analyst. He has well over a decade of experience as a financial journalist, editor and political analyst. He's primarily an autodidact, but his formal education includes degrees in economics, international relations and MBA. He welcomes feedback on his articles and will make an effort to respond to comments. Email Eric by sending to "Eric" and then He can also be "followed" on Facebook: