Thursday, April 21, 2005

 

Shake-up at AIPAC (hey that almost rhymes)

According to yesterday's Forward, AIPAC is firing their two top officials, Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman. Please feel free to compare statements from Rosen and Weissman's attorneys, and with an AIPAC source quoted in the Forward:
Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman have not violated any U.S. law or Aipac policy,” said the statement by Lowell and by Weissman’s attorney, John Nassikas. “Contrary to press accounts, they have never solicited, received or passed on any classified documents. They carried out their job responsibilities solely to serve Aipac’s goal of strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship.”

In response, a person aligned with Aipac [this is revealed to be AIPAC spokesman Patrick Dorton in the Washington Post story today] said: "The statement made by Rosen and Weissman represents solely their view of the facts. The action that Aipac has taken was done in consultation with counsel after careful consideration of recently learned information and the conduct AIPAC expects of its employees.”
Hmmm... doesn't look good for Rosen and Weissman. And you can't possibly say it looks good for AIPAC either, given the stature of these two. If this was two low-level schmucks, AIPAC could easily throw them under the bus and move on. I don't think that this is a fatal blow to AIPAC -- they are far too strong an organization to write off -- but it certainly gives a heavy dose of fuel to those (and there certainly are a few) who are interested in reducing AIPAC's prestige and power. I think much will depend on how effectively AIPAC's opponents are able to mobilize and use this opportunity to introduce some other viewpoints to Washington.

(Thanks to Aunt Deb for sending this to me.)

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