AIPAC

Political, Communal Divisions Pose Fresh Threats To AIPAC

On eve of policy conference, questions over whether bipartisanship can hold in current toxic climate; Iran looms.
02/27/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Washington — Iran will once again be the top issue and presidential politics the buzz in the hallways as thousands of pro-Israel activists converge on Washington on Sunday for the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Defying its legion of critics, the giant pro-Israel lobby group appears more powerful than ever.

Iran will likely be on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mind when he addresses AIPAC next week. getty images

Gingrich To Address AIPAC

02/22/2012 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Newt Gingrich will address the AIPAC policy conference.

The former U.S. House of Representatives speaker, who is trailing in the race for the Republican presidential nod, is the first in the GOP field to announce his participation in the March 4-6 conference.

Gingrich is slated to speak March 5, a day after President Obama.

Obama To Address AIPAC

02/20/2012 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama will address the annual AIPAC policy conference.

Obama will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference on March 4, his spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday.

The address comes a day before Obama's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will also address the AIPAC conference.

The White House has intensified its Jewish outreach in recent weeks, ahead of what is expected to be a tough election. On Friday, Obama's chief of staff, Jack Lew, met with Jewish leaders in New York.

Run Silent, Run Deep, Run German

Today’s Israeli Navy defends its nation’s shores in German-built U-Boats, and Germany’s Luftwaffe is flying Israeli-built aircraft. Now the word is the two countries are going to collaborate on developing smart missiles that could some day be used by the Saudi Air Force.

Goodbye, or 'those 24 years sure went by quickly'

Okay, my secret is out: I'm retiring after 24 years on this beat for the Jewish Week (please hold your applause and your decaying vegetables). It seems like the right time to reflect on the changes I've seen in the Jewish world and Jewish politics during that period.

Many of the activists I met way back in the day are still toiling in Washington, and some of the issues that preoccupied them more than two decades ago are still in play, while others are long forgotten. How many remember the Lautenberg Amendment? In 1987, it was on the lips of most Jewish leaders.

Bad As Israel’s Situation Is, It May Well Get Worse

06/06/2011 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

You remember the “Jewish telegram?” It reads: “Start worrying. Details to follow.”

In other words, welcome to the new Middle East.

Gary Rosenblatt

A Proposal for Mideast Talks and Other Reflections on the Washington Week that Was

05/26/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

It's been a crazy week in the ongoing soap opera, "Bibi and 'Bama," and given the reception Prime Minister Netanyahu got in Congress, I think the GOP wishes Netanyahu could be their standard bearer in 2012. There are so many fascinating dynamics at work here that it would make for a top notch TV comedy if the situation weren't deathly serious.

First, let me make a modest proposal.

Who won the Netanyahu-Obama showdown? How about 'nobody?'

 People keep asking me: in a frenzied few days of speech making, lobbying and diplomacy in Washington, who came out on top – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or President Barack Obama? (see my story on the week's events here.)

’67 Borders Flap Deepens Rifts

Broad Jewish center being ‘bombarded’ in wake of Obama speech.
05/24/2011 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

Washington — In the corridors of the Washington Convention Center, the buzz among more than 10,000 charged-up pro-Israel activists at this week’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference was all about new U.S.-Israel tensions in the wake of President Barack Obama’s call for Israel-Palestinian negotiations based on the 1967 borders — with land swaps — and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s angry response.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left, President Barack Obama right.

Bibi Opts For Confrontation

Prime minister, at AIPAC, revives call against ‘indefensible’ borders.
05/24/2011 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had an excellent response to President Barack Obama’s major speech on the Arab world and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. But it came two days too late, and the net result is another hasbara disaster for Jerusalem.

Gary Rosenblatt
Syndicate content