Israel Lobby


Trump Taps Hardliner to Be U.S. Ambassador to Israel

David Friedman’s hardline views on Israel and its neighbors have drawn either high praise or sharp rebuke from advocacy groups -- but little in between.

Attendees listen as US Democratic presidential hopeful former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 2016 Policy Conference at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, March 21, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton, Neocon?

With terror in Brussels swamping the news cycle last week, speeches delivered to AIPAC’s Policy Conference by four leading U.S. presidential candidates, outlining their approaches to the Middle East, received less attention than they might have. That’s too bad.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: Hundreds of J Street U students rush towards the doors of Hillel International to put up post-it notes in a response to Hillel President Eric Fingerhut canceling his scheduled speech at their conference. (Erin Schaff/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

How the Israel Lobby Captured Hillel

Hillel International used to be a welcoming campus organization for Jews of all persuasions. Not anymore.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03:  U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) delivers remarks during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's Policy Conference at the Walter Washington Convention Center March 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to address AIPAC and then leave directly from the conference to travel to Kiev to meet with members of Ukraine's new government.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

These 8 Democrats Are AIPAC’s Best Chances of Killing the Iran Deal

The pro-Israel lobbying giant is running out of Democrats who might be willing to help slow Obama's Iran nuclear deal.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 03:  U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks at a press conference with Comedian Amy Schumer calling for tighter gun laws in an effort to stop mass shootings and gun violence on August 3, 2015 in New York City. A gunman killed two women last month in Louisiana during a showing of Schumer's movie "Trainwreck."  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Powerful Democratic Senator Breaks With Obama on Iran Deal

Sen. Chuck Schumer’s decision to vote against the president’s agreement with Tehran could make it easier for other wavering Democrats to come out against it as well.

WASHINGTON - JUNE 04:  Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) shakes hands with senior AIPAC officials after he addressed the 2008 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference at the Washington Convention Center June 4, 2008 in Washington, DC. Obama has claimed his party's nomination after his delegate count surpassed 2,118.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pro-Israel Lobby Accepts White House Briefing — On Its Own Terms

In Washington, most lobbying groups need to beg the White House for a meeting with the president of the United States. But if the lobbying group in question is AIPAC, the most powerful pro-Israel shop in the country, it’s the White House that does the begging.

An Israeli youth demonstrator holds a picture and an effigy of Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish American who was jailed for life in 1987 on charges of spying on the United States, during a protest calling for his release in front of the American consulate in Jerusalem on July 11, 2011. Pollard is a convicted Israeli spy and a former United States Naval civilian intelligence analyst who received a life sentence in the mid 1980s. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Pollard to Be Released After 30 Years in Prison

Long a source of tension between Washington and Jerusalem, the convicted Israeli spy will be freed in November.

US President Barack Obama (C) speaks alongside Speaker of the House John Boehner (L), Republican of Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), Republican of Kentucky, prior to a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, DC, January 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Congress Will Vote No on the Nuclear Deal — But What Will ‘No’ Mean?

As Secretary of State John Kerry roams the halls of Capitol Hill on Wednesday to sell the Iran deal to skeptical lawmakers, one future outcome is clear: In the next 60 days, Congress is virtually certain to voice its displeasure with the agreement in a high-profile vote.

US Secretary of State John Kerry gives a press conference outside the Palais Coburg Hotel, where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held, in Vienna, Austria on July 5, 2015. Kerry said that "it is now time" to finalise a historic nuclear deal with Iran, on a ninth day of talks in Vienna between Tehran and major powers. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR        (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Kerry Signals Nuclear Talks Will Miss Congressional Deadline

Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that the United States “will not be rushed” into concluding a nuclear agreement with Iran, but warned that America’s willingness to negotiate an agreement is not indefinite.


White House Relents on Iran Bill as Democrats Side With Republicans

Despite weeks of White House opposition, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee struck a deal Tuesday with senior Senate Democrats that would let Congress block President Barack Obama’s potential nuclear accord with Iran.

Pro-Israeli And Pro-Palestinian Groups Rally In Front Of White House

Defunding Palestine

In a major shift, Israel stops protecting aid to Palestine on Capitol Hill.