AIPAC to Send 81 Members of Congress to Israel


This is how the game works. AIPAC pays to have members of Congress go on a “fact finding” trip to Israel to “educate” them and from that time forward, those members of Congress will know the rules; it’s pay-for-play. People with diverse opinions about foreign policy relating to the Middle East need not apply. It’s not a Republican vs. Democratic thing, it’s the entire Congress- all of them are escorted on this “educational” trek to the Holy Land and all of them know that not a single lobbying group in the U.S. gives something for nothing. AIPAC expects something in return and you can be sure they’ll get it- these members of Congress know that they will be expected to safeguard Israel’s interests at any cost, even if those interests at times conflict with the foreign policy of a sitting U.S. President.

From J-Post:

Eighty-one congressmen, or about 20 percent of the US House of Representatives, will visit Israel over the next three weeks during Congress’s summer recess, with the first group of 26 Democrats scheduled to arrive on Monday.

The Democratic delegation will be followed by two Republican ones, bringing a total of 55 Republicans.

[snip]

The week-long trips are sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, a charitable organization affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which brings large delegations of congressmen here every other August.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) will head the Democratic delegation, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) will lead one of the Republican groups.

Hoyer, in a statement, said he looked forward to “returning to Israel to continue learning firsthand about the evolving security situation in the Middle East, the deep challenges facing Israel, and the role the US can play in the region during this time of uncertainty.

I’m pleased members of Congress have this opportunity to study American interests in the Middle East and gain a deeper understanding of the issues involved in increasing stability in the region.”

This sort of special interest pay-for-play is insidious whether it’s the pharmaceutical, oil or insurance industry throwing their weight (ie. money) around but here’s the difference- Israel is a foreign country and there is something very unseemly about agents of a foreign government (AIPAC) having this much influence.

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2 Comments on “AIPAC to Send 81 Members of Congress to Israel”

  1. Steve Says:

    That is an utter disgrace. That’s nice they are going to Ramallah too- I’m being sarcastic. With AIPAC and Israeli officials as their guide they will see and do only what Israel wants them to see and do. I’m sure there will be a few meetings with token Palestinians, who will dance around as fast as their puppet strings will allow.

    The sad thing is, I know exactly what will be on their itinerary- Yad Vashem, a trip to see all the exploded rockets that have been fired from Gaza, an intelligence briefing about how scary Iran is- they’ll probably do this after Yad Vashem since you know, Ahmadinejad is Hitler, then a trip to visit with families who have experienced violence at the hands of the Palestinians, then a meeting with a Settler group to humanize them and a trip to a large settlement to demonstrate how they can’t POSSIBLY be expected to dismantle any of them. Perhaps they’ll even go to the property that has been put aside for the transfer of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. They also will probably go on a tour to show members of Congress just how impossible it would be to “defend” the 1967 borders. Maybe they’ll even talk to some Israeli Palestinians who have been scripted to tell them how wonderful their life is, how much better it is for them than their fellow Arabs in other countries in the region. In other words to hear them say “We Love Our Occupiers!”

    Pathetic.

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  2. JusticeLives Says:

    AIPAC is an agent of a foreign country and should be banned from doing certain things like this just like other foreign lobby groups are. Of course due to the power of the lobby, they ensured that they themselves would not fall under the limitations on the activities of foreign agents how ironic is that?

    How many times does AIPAC have to spy on the US before people wake up? The Lobby engages in extortion and blackmail it’s about money and nothing else. If AIPAC and other groups in the Israel Lobby didn’t have the money to buy off politicians no one would give a damn about Israel’s never ending requests for money, support and on and on. In other words outside of the jewish community no one really gives a damn about israel unless there is money to be had. The Jewish community makes up the largest portion of members of the Israel Lobby and they make up only 2% of the US population but they account for over 55% of campaign donations to both parties but primarily the democrats. Do the math. Basically our foreign policy has been bought by a special interest group for a foreign country. Treason? Yeah.

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