AIPAC has spent years reaching out to conservatives. In the age of Obama, the Israel lobby is seeking support from liberals and a broader cross-section of Americans.
The many challenges facing Israel and its relations with the United States were not lost on participants of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual gathering in Washington.
Neither President Obama nor Benjamin Netanyahu will attend AIPAC’s conference starting this weekend. In a sign of lowered peace hopes, there is no mention of the Palestinians, either.
The failure to forge a deficit-reduction deal will cost Israel $250 million a year in aid. So why is AIPAC, its strongest supporter, keeping so quiet?