AIPAC Set to Push U.S. Legislation Against Iran at Major Conference Biden Will Attend
Some 6,500 American Israel Public Affairs Committee activists attending the organization’s annual conference will be hitting Capitol Hill next week to stress the importance of the US-Israel relationship and push legislation imposing sanctions on Iran.
But the conference, which begins on Sunday, comes as the Obama administration is staking out different ground from Israel on Iran and the peace process – a divergence some Jewish activists critical of AIPAC have seized on. The climate poses challenges as AIPAC tries to push its lobbying agenda. >>>
Vice President Joe Biden will headline the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference, which begins tomorrow in Washington, D.C., a source at the group said.
The announcement that Biden will speak Monday morning comes a day after a victory for the group and the pro-Israel community; the Justice Department decided to drop charges of mishandling classified information against two former AIPAC staffers. >>>
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has strongly criticized the defensive stance of the enemy which promotes racism and oppression.
“The enemy’s defensive stance is not based on upholding its rights but on support for a cruel system in the world and the discriminatory order of the UN Security Council,” President Ahmadinejad in an address to the people of Karaj on Sunday.
“The era of bullying is over, it is now the time for nations,” he added.
President Ahmadinejad described “bravery” as the main characteristic of an Islamic government and said such a government would never bow to powers or fear them.
He pointed to the Iranian nation’s great nuclear achievements and said “our nuclear victory is the triumph of oppressed nations over arrogant powers.”
He slammed the UN Security Council for issuing four illegal resolutions against Iran over its nuclear activities and said, “You are mistaken. The united Iranian nation will not give up one iota of its rights.”
Iran says it pursues the civilian applications of nuclear technology under the rights granted to it as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Israel and its Western allies, however, accuse Iran of having plans to develop a nuclear weapon. Under US pressure the UN Security Council has so far pass several resolutions against Iran.
Iran insists that its nuclear dossier should never have been sent to the Security Council, where the US, Britain and France have veto wielding power.
Tehran says the only body authorized to monitor its atomic work is the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
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