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American Israel Public Affairs Committee
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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).
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, 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.
For Israel, it was not an "Oy gevalt" moment of fear, shock and amazement, but more of an "Oy vey" exclamation of exasperated dismay. President Obama, a few hours before meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, trotted out a recycled Saudi peace plan, circa 2002. After all, Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George J. Mitchell recently resigned after two years of commuting between Washington, London, Jerusalem and Ramallah with nothing to show for his efforts.
The White House was caught by surprise by the furor over President Obama's statements on Israel in his major foreign-policy speech on Thursday. Mr. Obama's defenders pointed out his position is consistent with long-standing administration policy, which explains why the peace process has been a raging failure.
FBI agents thought they were hunting a spy for Israel in 2004 when they sought to raid the offices of a top lobbyist for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by The Washington Times.
J Street — the self-described pro-Israel, pro-peace lobbying group — facilitated meetings between members of Congress and South African Judge Richard Goldstone, author of a U.N. report that accused the Jewish state of systematic war crimes in its three-week military campaign against Hamas in Gaza.
The White House appears to be distancing itself from the liberal advocacy group J Street that it once embraced as its envoy to the U.S. Jewish community after disclosures that nearly half the group's funding for 2008 came from a single Hong Kong donor.
J Street, the liberal Middle East policy advocacy organization, on Sunday issued a statement acknowledging what the group had earlier denied: J Street received financial support from billionaire George Soros.