EP: Washington DC – The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, lashed out against the Obama administration for rhetoric that was “clearly in the interests of the United States.” David Victor, the current president of the group, held a press conference today in which he said “we don’t pay these people to talk about what is good for America.” Victor was responding to a series of communications over the past week from Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton that harshly criticized the building of Jewish settlements on Palestinian land.
“Given the numerous issues Obama is dealing with right now, Israel’s building of settlements could hardly have come at a worse time” acknowledged Victor, “but that is why we pay these politicians the big dollars - so we don’t have to worry about what is going on in America. They need to figure that out on their own time.”
AIPAC does not directly contribute to election campaigns, but does support an overall effort amongst pro-Israel groups that donate over $10 million every election cycle, mostly to Democrats. The controversy has led many within AIPAC to look towards other strategic political partnerships to ensure that American foreign policy in the Middle East remains firmly disassociated with its national interests in the region. Some within the organization expressed interest in pursuing a closer relationship with Christian Zionist groups who believe that the establishment of the state of Israel was a precursor to the second coming of Christ, and that a war between the Jews and Arabs was prophesized in the Bible. “To tell you the truth, it’s a little awkward from our perspective because we don’t really buy into the second coming. However, we are pushing an irrational policy from the American perspective, so it makes sense to have irrational allies” explained Victor who is in favor of pursuing the alliance.
Some AIPAC supporters believe the uproar by the Obama administration over the settlement issue demonstrates a rather naive understanding of how Washington DC works. “Really, I mean come on. If Obama is so upset over us building some houses in Palestine, how exactly will he respond when I order American troops into Iran?” asked Victor.