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Topic - American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Presidential press secretary Jay Carney uttered 10 words the other day that represent a major presidential challenge to the American Israel lobby and its friends on Capitol Hill. Referring to Senate legislation designed to force President Obama to expand economic sanctions on Iran under conditions the president opposes, Mr. Carney said: "If it were to pass, the president would veto it."
A noted pro-Israel lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, finally broke its silence on Syria and said Tuesday that President Obama's call for military strikes is a good plan.
Chuck Hagel's notorious 2008 statement about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the leading institution of the pro-Israel lobby, claimed that "the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here [in Congress]. I'm a United States senator. I'm not an Israeli senator."
Barack Obama is obsessed with words, and he never learned to make a short speech. The Israelis understand that, however well-meaning he may be. The president may even believe most of the stuff he hears himself say.
The top U.S. commander in the Middle East said Tuesday that America's military alone cannot prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that time is running out to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and suggested that Israel is prepared to take military action if necessary.
Under pressure from Israel and Republicans to take stronger action against Iran's nuclear program, President Obama told an influential pro-Israel lobby Sunday that there is "there is too much loose talk of war."
Israeli President Shimon Peres railed Sunday against the "evil, cruel, morally corrupt regime" in Iran and pledged that Israel and the United States will stop it from developing nuclear weapons.
When a joint session of the U.S. Congress gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 29 standing ovations - four more than President Obama received for his last State of the Union message - there was little doubt that Israel is an integral part of the American body politic. It was a hard-line speech by an Israeli on the right of the Israeli spectrum that firmly rejected Mr. Obama's proposal for Mideast peace: The pre-1967 war frontier with minor land swaps for both sides.
U.S.-Israel tension over President Barack Obama's endorsement of Israel's pre-1967 borders is obscuring a flip side of the Middle East coin: The past days' speeches by the U.S. president contained difficult challenges for the Palestinians as well.
It has been a week since Arabs marched on Israel's borders on four sides, yet that media spectacle remains a potent metaphor for the mounting threats facing the tiny Jewish state, from Hezbollah taking over Lebanon to the Hamas-partnered Palestinian government attempting to circumvent peace talks by unilaterally declaring statehood at the United Nations.
Six years after the Pentagon cut off Israel from defense technology over concerns about leaks to China, U.S. military support for Israel's missile defenses has produced interceptors capable of knocking out ballistic missiles and harder-to-hit artillery rockets.
Protest groups shouted and halted traffic Sunday outside the Washington convention center where President Obama spoke before the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the country's largest pro-Israel lobbyist.
President Obama failed to ease mounting worries of key Jewish donors Sunday at a speech before the annual policy conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
President Obama, seeking to quell criticism of his call Thursday for the borders of Israel and a Palestinian state to be based on 1967 lines, stressed to the country's biggest pro-Israel lobby on Sunday that he also supports land swaps between the two sides to reflect changes on the ground during the past 40 years.