PEACE IS A THREAT TO AIPAC

Carlos Latuff
Pro Israeli activists and friends, including Cheney, Obama and Clinton, met earlier this week at the AIPAC convention in Washington.
Their true colours were exposed when the group made it known that it sent a letter to the Bush Administration urging the US to cut off all American contacts with the Palestinian Authority.

What could be the root of this madness? Could it be that…
1. If there is peace between Israel and Palestine AIPAC would lose its influence?
2. If Palestine became an independent state AIPAC would lose its influence?
3. If AIPAC loses its influence, hundreds of people on their payroll lose their high paying jobs?

Which reason do you think is the main one? Did I leave any out? There was opposition to the letter from a number of Progressive Jewish organisations, none of which have ties with the infamous AIPAC.
But, it’s all good…. they exposed their true colours as I mentioned earlier. Anyone that had any doubts about the integrity of the Lobby can see them for what they really are at this point…. and who their supporters in the American government are… including those in the Presidential race.
Following is the report from The Jewish Daily Forward on this matter…

Aipac Urges U.S. To End Contacts With Palestinian Authority
Critics Say Lobby Letter Would Stop Talks With Abbas, Moderates

Nathan Guttman, Jewish Daily Forward

Thousands of pro-Israel activists in Washington this week are expected to urge lawmakers to sign a letter to the Bush administration calling for an end to all American contacts with members of the Palestinian Authority.
Observers who favor a more intense American role in the peace process are criticizing the letter — which is being circulated by Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida and Republican Senator John Ensign of Nevada — saying that it essentially calls for an end to talks with moderate Palestinians, including P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas. Some Jewish and Christian groups have voiced their objections, including Brit Tzedek V’Shalom, Americans for Peace Now and Churches for Middle East Peace. The groups urged activists to contact lawmakers and ask them not to sign the letter.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is pushing the letter at its annual policy conference in Washington this week. About 6,000 Aipac members are taking part, many of whom will meet with hundreds of lawmakers Tuesday. In addition to the letter, Aipac activists will push pieces of legislation mandating tougher sanctions against Iran and ensuring financial aid to Israel.

The letter to Rice calls on the administration to oppose the Palestinian national unity government agreement between Fatah and Hamas unless the new government recognizes Israel, renounces terror, and adheres to previous agreements signed between Israel and the Palestinians. It comes in the face of attempts by the European Union to engage the new government.

“We urge you to continue to hold firm and insist that these very basic international principles are not changed — no direct aid and no contact with any members of a Palestinian Authority that does not explicitly and unequivocally recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce terror and accept previous agreements,” the letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reads.

The White House has already made clear that it would not lift its ban on the P.A. until the Palestinian government accepts the three conditions. Yet the White House also declared that ties would be maintained with Abbas and other moderate Palestinians who accept the three conditions.

A Democratic congressional source argued this week that the wording of the letter should not be seen as a shift in policy toward the Palestinians and is consistent with the views expressed by both Congress and the administration since the Palestinian national unity agreement was reached last month. Yet other sources pointed to the fact that while former declarations regarding the new government referred only to the P.A.’s government, this letter talks about the P.A. as a whole and might be used in the future as a way to limit American ties with Abbas.

2 Comments

  1. nuh ibn zbigniew gondek said,

    March 14, 2007 at 18:14

    As salaam alaikum.

    I am sure that most of you know about the struggle of Manal and Nour, the mother and child being held in a Israeli prison.

    The following is a poem I wrote about this issue please share it with everyone you know:

    http://nuhgondek.blogspot.com/2007/03/poem-in-solidarity.html

    Wa salaama,

    nuh ibn

  2. DesertPeace said,

    March 14, 2007 at 18:33

    Shukran nun ibn…
    It was a very moving poem.


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