Wednesday, June 07, 2006

[political-research] Pro-Israel Group Pushes Tough U.S. Policy on Iran



Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer were subjected to a barrage of verbal abuse simply for pointing out the simple fact that the Israel lobby is an important factor in American politics. The lobby tends to go ballistic when truthful and factual articles about its activities reach the eyes of the American public.

As far as I know, no other political lobby or bloc is attempting to drive the United States into a hot war with Iran.


As the Bush administration pursues sensitive diplomacy, the influential U.S. pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC has sent out a fundraising letter seeking support for a tough U.S. line against Iran's nuclear program.

In a letter to supporters this week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee requested contributions to build support for a proposed law tightening U.S. sanctions on Iran....

AIPAC, with about 100,000 members, has for years considered Iran and its nuclear program the most serious threat to U.S. ally Israel and sought to ensure a tough American policy.

"Iran's apocalyptic president (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) has openly and repeatedly called for Israel's destruction. But long before he began making headlines ... AIPAC was working behind-the-scenes to educate leaders throughout the U.S. government about the growing Iranian threat," the fundraising letter states.

"While many organizations now realize the threat that Iran poses, AIPAC is the only organization uniquely positioned to work with (the U.S.) Congress and the administration to take meaningful action against this terrorist regime," it said.

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