It was a great year for AIPAC — but it was not AIPAC’s year.
Bernie Sanders’s representative Cornel West induced an Israel debate among Democrats, but changes to the party platform are unlikely.
When David Axelrod, then a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, first learned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly had referred to him and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as “self-hating Jews,” he remembers feeling stung.
This is the video documentation of the event: “The American Jewish Community’s Evolving Relationship with Israel” at the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center on December 8, 2013. The panel discussion was part of a series called “Embracing Democracy: Who Has the Right to Speak for Israel?”. The discussion was moderated by Jane Eisner.
Democrats hit back hard at critics of President Barack Obama’s Israel policy. They went on the offensive after the GOP attacked them for leaving Jerusalem out of the platform.
Democratic heavyweights slammed the Republican presidential candidates for including Israel in a discussion of ?zero-ing? foreign aid at their debate.
Former congressman Robert Wexler has been out of politics for nearly a year, but in his home state of Florida he still has a say, especially with the state’s large Jewish community.
It’s difficult to quantify whether Jews are in line to hold any sort of a record number of top positions in the Obama administration or the next Congress, but it’s clear that a large number of Jews stand to serve in key positions.
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The administration’s Saturday announcement of the new aid package to Saudi Arabia and Israel caught many lawmakers by surprise. But it took less than 24 hours for leading foreign policy congressmen to make clear that if Bush wants to pour money on Saudi Arabia, he better get ready for a fight on Capitol Hill. Leading the opposition are Jewish lawmakers Tom Lantos, Anthony Weiner, Eliot Engel and Robert Wexler.