JERUSALEM — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington, plans to dispatch 300 of its members to Capitol Hill on Tuesday as part of a broad campaign to press Congress to back President Obama’s proposed strike on Syria, the group said Monday.
The push by the group, known as Aipac, which included asking its supporters to call members of Congress, came as Israeli newspapers reported Monday that President Obama urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to get personally involved in lobbying Congress. The reports said that Mr. Netanyahu had called several members himself.
But while those reports could not be confirmed, the intense push by Aipac and other Jewish and pro-Israel groups put Israel in a bind, after a week of trying to stay on the sidelines of the debate. Mr. Netanyahu’s government strongly supports an American strike to punish President Bashar al-Assad of Syria for his apparent use of chemical weapons, and as a warning to his Iranian patrons. But Israelis are deeply worried about being blamed by a wary American public for another military gambit in the Middle East, or of losing their broad bipartisan support if they land on the wrong side of the vote.
So what? Israel is not the only country that might be supporting this. The Arab countries all seem to want it, too, and you don't think they pull strings in this country?
R1, Are you sure that the Arab countries want a US strike? Link?
They were talking about this on Charlie Rose. No doubt Israel's hands are all over this. They're trying to rope the US into another war. No one in Congress will stand up to AIPAC of Bibi. It's no secret how much he hates Obama.
[quote] No one in Congress will stand up to AIPAC
Have you heard anything about Congress agreeing to air strikes?
R1, Thanks for your post, as I haven't heard specifics about the other Mid East countries' positions. Still for them to expect the UN to take action is like Waiting for Godot.
[quote]Have you heard anything about Congress agreeing to air strikes?
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[quote]It’s an odd assertion, especially as it’s quite clear that the arrow pointed in the other direction: it was the White House that asked AIPAC to put its resources at Obama’s disposal and “do the president a solid,” as one official at a Washington-based Jewish organization told Alana Goodman at the Washington Free Beacon. And as Eli Lake of the Daily Beast reported last week, AIPAC “leadership received a phone call from a senior White House official” last week after Obama announced he would seek congressional authorization for a Syria strike. The message, writes Lake, “was clear that AIPAC’s participation in the lobbying effort to pass the authorization ‘would be helpful.’”
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