AIPAC’s annual policy conference is set up to be the great show of Israel-U.S. reconciliation after a couple of tense weeks following the announcement of new building plans in East Jerusalem during Vice President Biden’s trip to the region.
The pro-Israel lobby AIPAC managed to kick off its annual policy conference without even one mention of the 800-pound gorilla in the room — the latest spat between the U.S. and Israel over building in East Jerusalem.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual parley is known for pulling in top names from the administration, Congress and the Israeli government. But this year, the pro-Israel lobby’s policy conference will put many of the key players in the American-Israeli relationship onstage, as relations between the two allies are at a rare pitch of tension.
Breaking rank with most Jewish organizations, America’s largest synagogue movement is calling on Israel to declare a moratorium on new building in East Jerusalem, following the latest dispute over plans to build 1,600 new housing units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood.
A bill now stalled in the Knesset has once again opened up a rift between Israel and North American Jewry over the question of who is a Jew.16
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