AIPAC Conference Pushes Hard Line on Iran
by Daniel Luban
6 May 09 | AWC
The annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the powerful and hawkish pro-Israel lobby, wrapped up on Tuesday with a speech from Vice President Joe Biden, capping three days that were primarily devoted to the threat of a nuclear Iran.
Discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Middle East peace process took a back seat to the Iran issue at the conference, which ended with attendees heading to Capitol Hill to lobby for a bill that would impose sanctions targeting the Iranian energy sector.
While representatives of the Barack Obama administration, the Benjamin Netanyahu government in Israel, and AIPAC itself all sought to emphasize points of consensus and cooperation at the conference, it remains to be seen whether the various parties will be on the same page going forward. >>>
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