Josh Block

One take on AIPAC policy conference, a fake press release and some flaky demonstrations

You can't turn around today without reading blogs and news items about the AIPAC policy conference, underway in Washington cavernous Convention Center; one of the most interesting comes from the Atlantic's prolific Jeff Goldberg.

Chas Freeman and the pro-Israel lobby: watch your definitions

Thursday, March 12th, 2009 James Besser in Washington Was it really the  “pro-Israel lobby” that scuttled the nomination of Chas Freeman as head of the National Intelligence Council, as Freeman himself charged in an outburst after his withdrawal on Wednesday and prominent columnists like the Washington Post’s David Broder agree? Well, it depends on you definition of “the lobby.”

Why are pro-Israel groups so quiet about U.S. arms sales to Arab countries?

Have pro-Israel groups in Washington essentially thrown in the towel when it comes to big U.S. arms sales to Arab countries?  It depends on who you ask. The issue has relevance this week because of a Ha'aretz story  about growing concern in Israeli military circles about big new U.S. sales to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates  of weapons like bunker-busting bombs and anti-ship missiles.  Concern, maybe. But once again pro-Israel groups in Washington, renowned for their political muscle, aren't doing much. At least publicly.

Arab Arms Sales: Ssssh, Quiet

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 Have pro-Israel groups in Washington essentially thrown in the towel when it comes to big U.S. arms sales to Arab countries?  It depends on who you ask. The issue has relevance this week because of a Ha’aretz report about growing concern in Israeli military circles about big new U.S. sales to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates  of weapons like bunker-busting bombs and anti-ship missiles.

Evangelical Split Over Israel Batters Bush

08/03/2007
Editor At Large
Evangelical Christians, long seen as a monolith in lockstep support of Israel, publicly fractured last week as two significant evangelical factions lobbied President Bush with criticism of Israel from opposite points of view. For the first time, Christians United for Israel, a major Christian Zionist group with strong ties to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, lobbied President Bush against the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — a solution advocated by Israel, the Bush administration and the pro-Israel Washington lobby itself.

Notes from the AIPAC Policy Conference

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 Is the legendary AIPAC “roll call” getting old? In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the story: at every year’s policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee,  leaders of the group read out the names of all the congressional, administration and diplomatic officials attending.  Reporters keep count, hometown delegations cheer for their representatives and the message has the subtlety of a good sock in the jaw: this is a lobby with real clout.
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