On Eve Of Conference, AIPAC Thrives Despite Challenges

J Street, Walt-Mearsheimer seen having little impact on AIPAC’s clout.
05/16/2011 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

With the rise of J Street, continuing attacks by Walt-Mearsheimer acolytes and Israel’s growing isolation, critics of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which holds its annual policy conference in Washington next week, have ratcheted up their claims that the pro-Israel lobbying giant is on the ropes.

Most evidence belies those claims — on Capitol Hill and across the political world, AIPAC’s clout appears undiminished, and in many ways has grown in recent years.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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