Tag: American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Feature: How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American Politics

On June 9, 2016, the committee tasked with drafting the new Democratic Party platform held its second day of hearings at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, in the upscale Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington. The platform, which is rewritten every presidential-election year, is meant to express a consensus among Democrats on the major issues of the […]

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Trump, With Netanyahu, Formally Recognizes Israel’s Authority Over Golan Heights

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed a proclamation on Monday formally recognizing Israel’s authority over the long-disputed Golan Heights, handing the pen to his grateful guest, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. Mr. Trump’s decision, first announced last week, reverses decades of American policy and is starkly at odds with international law. But it is a […]

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Trump to Meet Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Reinforcing Close Ties

WASHINGTON — President Trump will welcome Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to the White House on Monday morning, reinforcing the close relationship between two allies and underscoring the political and legal ups and downs that each have faced. Mr. Trump will be fresh off news that a lengthy investigation of his presidential campaign’s possible […]

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Trump and Congress: Loving Israel to Death

JERUSALEM — Amos Yadlin, the former head of military intelligence in Israel, likes to say that Israel as a Jewish-majority democracy faces two existential threats — a nuclear-armed Iran and turning itself into a bi-national state by permanently occupying the West Bank with its 2.5 million Palestinians. And while Israel has a strategy for addressing […]

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Netanyahu Cuts Short U.S. Trip After Gaza Rocket Strikes Near Tel Aviv

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel cut short his visit to the United States on Monday, hours after a rocket launched from Gaza struck a house in central Israel, injuring seven people. “In light of the security events I decided to cut short my visit to the U.S.,” Mr. Netanyahu said, adding that he would […]

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Eager to Court Jews (and Fracture Democrats), Republicans Push Bills on Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON — Democrats hoped to put their wrenching intraparty debate over anti-Semitism to rest when they passed a catchall antibigotry resolution in the House this month, but Senate Republicans, eager to court American Jews outraged by the rise of anti-Semitism, have other plans. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, is backing two new […]

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Netanyahu Lands in U.S., but New Scandal Could Mar His Big Moment

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Washington on Sunday for what amounted to a two-day campaign swing through the White House, hoping that President Trump’s praise and latest gift — recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights — would persuade wavering voters that his diplomatic achievements should offset any worries about his […]

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Trump’s Pointless Provocation on the Golan

President Trump’s proposed reversal of decades of American policy on the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights has more to do with Israeli politics than American interests — or good sense. On Thursday, he announced on Twitter that the United States should recognize Israeli sovereignty in the disputed Golan Heights, on Israel’s border with Syria, […]

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Israel Lobby Convenes in Washington Amid Fraying Bipartisanship and Rising Tension

WASHINGTON — More than 18,000 activists will converge in Washington on Sunday for the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, as Democrats wrestle with the left’s rising criticism of Israel and as President Trump seeks to divide his political rivals while bolstering Israel’s embattled leader. In some respects, the three-day Aipac conference […]

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The Case for Aipac

Until recently, if you had asked most Jews, it seemed like playing the Aipac card had gone out of fashion around 2007. That was the year two political scientists published a book called “The Israel Lobby,” with its sensational claim that Aipac, short for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and other Jewish organizations controlled […]

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From a Swimsuit Model to the Trump Megaphone: The Genesis of ‘Jexodus’

WASHINGTON — At 23, Elizabeth Pipko has branded herself on social media as a onetime figure skater, a part-time poet and a former Trump campaign aide, an Instagramista whose feed spotlights her Mar-a-Lago wedding and racy swimsuit and lingerie modeling shots. But when President Trump latched onto Ms. Pipko’s concept of a “Jexodus” — a […]

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Ilhan Omar’s Microaggression

The identity politics fiasco surrounding Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been excruciating. Half of me is angry at her. The other half is furious for her. Among the most basic anti-Semitic tropes are these: Jews employ semi-occult powers to control world events; they manipulate hapless gentiles with their money; and Jews in the diaspora are […]

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Ilhan Omar, Aipac and Me

I’ve been watching with more than a little interest the controversial statements about Israel and the Israel lobby by Ilhan Omar, a freshman Democratic congresswoman from the Fifth District of Minnesota, because it turns out that we have a lot in common — up to a point. The first thing we have in common is […]

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Ilhan Omar’s Criticism Raises the Question: Is Aipac Too Powerful?

WASHINGTON — When Representative Ilhan Omar landed a coveted seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Stephen Fiske began working the phones to Capitol Hill. Alarmed by messaging that he saw as anti-Semitic and by Ms. Omar’s support for the boycott-Israel movement, Mr. Fiske, a longtime activist with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, began […]

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Netanyahu Stoops to Survive

If Benjamin Netanyahu wins the next Israeli election, scheduled for April 9, he is likely to become the longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history. For that, he seems prepared to make a deal with the devil. Battered by scandals, hounded by corruption investigations and a possible indictment and facing a strong challenge from Benny Gantz, […]

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Netanyahu Brokers Deal With Racist Party to Save His Job

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made something of an art form of cutting deals with small Israeli political parties, but his latest alliance has earned him denunciations from quarters where he has usually been able to count on unshakable support. Mr. Netanyahu, his future imperiled by prosecutors and political challengers alike, has enraged […]

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Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets

Last October, after a crude mail bomb was found in George Soros’s mailbox, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who is now the House minority leader, tweeted, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to buy this election!” The tweet, since deleted, was referring to Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, both of them, like Soros, […]

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Pelosi and Democratic Leaders Call on Omar to Apologize for Anti-Semitic Comments

WASHINGTON — Representative Ilhan Omar, who has been battling charges of anti-Semitism for weeks, drew swift and unqualified condemnation from fellow Democrats on Monday — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the entire House leadership — after she insinuated on Twitter Sunday night that American support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel […]

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