Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Real News Video: AIPAC and the American right

Aijaz Ahmad traces the power of AIPAC to the "Reagan Revolution"

"The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is currently holding its annual policy conference in Washington, where not only the Israeli Prime Minister but also all three main US Presidential candidates and US Secretary of State Rice are speaking.

AIPAC has developed a strong relationship with Republicans, as well as conservative Christians, since the years of the "Reagan Revolution." Senator and presumptive Republican nominee John McCain opened the conference, while Democratic senators Clinton and Obama will be closing on Wednesday in a joint session.

AIPAC has over 100,000 members and an operating annual budget which now soars above $100 million dollars. Over 7,000 of these members are attending the conference, and AIPAC has scheduled over 500 meetings with members of Congress to do their lobbying work on behalf of Israel."

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