AIPAC's spokesman as press punching bag

So AIPAC has a new press spokeman. I wish Ari Goldberg well; he's going to need it.

In 25 years of covering the pro-Israel lobby I've grown to have a certain sympathy for its press minions – at times human punching bags standing between a skeptical press and wary organization officials who shun publicity – except when they want it.

Coalition Including AIPAC Slams GOP Proposed Cuts


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Proposed Republican cuts to foreign assistance endanger national security, according to a foreign policy umbrella that includes AIPAC among its members.

Hyperbole about J Street

I don't know whether to laugh or cry at the response I'm hearing to my story  and my blog about J Street and the controversy over a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity.

For starters:  talk about over-the-top Holocaust analogies – not that most Holocaust analogies aren't over the top.

Mass. Swears In First Jewish Statewide Official in Half Century


(JTA) -- Steven Grossman became the first Jewish statewide elected official in Massachusetts in 53 years when he was sworn in as its new treasurer.

Grossman, who took the oath Thursday, is a former chairman of the state and national Democratic parties, as well as the former chair of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Israel Aid Anxiety: Is It Overblown?

Suddenly I'm getting emails from Democratic lawmakers warning of possible cuts to Israel's big foreign aid allotment when the new Congress takes over in January – but I'm not sure I buy it.

Now the Jerusalem Post is reporting that “Democrats are blasting the prospect that a GOP-led House of Representatives might trim aid to Israel or consider it separately from the rest of the foreign aid budget,” citing as evidence comments by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen – the incoming Foreign Affairs chair – that it's not inconceivable the House GOP leadership could impose across-the-board aid cuts that would not exempt Israel.

Political Insider challenged: AIPAC didn't push resolution on Palestinian unilateralism

 In the interests of honest reporting, I have to tell you: my blog headlined “big fight over non-binding resolution on Palestinian unilateralism” was misleading.

Big fight over non-binding resolution on Palestinian unilateralism

This week the House of Representatives passed a resolution opposing any unilateral Palestinian move toward statehood after a few days of fierce lobbying by both opponents and supporters.

I bet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is really worried and will change his plans immediately.

In AIPAC Case, Rosen Alleges Libyan Funding in ‘84 Race Was for Jesse Jackson


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Former senior AIPAC staffer Steve Rosen says he attempted in 1984 to disseminate information linking Libyan funders to the Rev. Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign.

Rosen told reporters Thursday that Jackson was the candidate mentioned in documents he filed this week in his defamation lawsuit against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

AIPAC Viewed U.S. Gov’t as Targeting Pro-Israel Groups During Espionage Probe


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- It was a case that transfixed the pro-Israel community: the arrest in August 2005 on espionage charges of two senior officials at the most influential pro-Israel group in Washington, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

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