The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Friday, April 16, 2004
Of course, Kerry's not actually interested in nixing AIPAC...
Where we came in yesterday was a discussion on Kerry's thumbs-up to the Bush-Sharon Pact. Some Kossacks thought Kerry's kow-tow to the Jewish lobby wasn't good.
Which only naturally led to my dragging out my druther on AIPAC being consigned to the dustbin of history.
What I didn't do was suggest that Kerry would wish to have hand, act or part in any such operation. And, when, for interest's sake, I make cursory enquiries on the point, I do indeed find evidence suggesting that a Kerry-aided assault on AIPAC would be rather unlikely.
According to this piece by a Jewish Telegraphic Agency guy (undated, but looks recent), he is a regular visitor to AIPAC, and his voting record is described by
Israel advocates across the political spectrum- does that include Meretz? - as stellar.
He apparently has truck with those involved in the Geneva Accord - those self-haters! - and has been known - as I think I mentioned before - to court the Arabush in their Michigan homeland (and consults with Arabush-lover Joseph Wilson). He likes the idea of broking peace, whereas, I suspect, AIPAC will prefer to stick to the Bush-Sharon Pact .
He needs to triangulate with a Jewish electorate which is (I gather - no stats: treat as hypothesis) generally more liberal than the Democratic average on domestic issues but skewed towards a harder-line than the average on Israel. And, need one add, there's a range of opinions on all these things. He's not running for Israeli Prime Minister...
However, if there is anything in Kerry's record to suggest a willingness to do to AIPAC what Margaret Thatcher did to the British National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), then I've missed it.
But, like I say, that's only from a cursory search (there are plenty of URLs to crunch, by the looks of it!). The question I find mildly intriguing, though, and may return to it.
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