As 42 Senate Republicans push for a quick vote on the Mendendez-Kirk Iran sactions bill – guaranteed to derail the current negotiations if it were to pass – Sen. Menendez follows most of his Democratic co-sponsors in asking that consideration of the bill be delayed to give the diplomats a chance. And guess who’s on his side? The American Israel Public Affairs Committee:
We agree with the Chairman that stopping the Iranian nuclear program should rest on bipartisan support and that there should not be a vote at this time on the measure.
Considering the hate mail I got when I suggested that RBC readers should oppose Menendez-Kirk, I am no less puzzled than pleased to find AIPAC taking essentially the same position. Has the organization been taken over by a bunch of kapos? Is it now headed by self-hating Jews indifferent to the survival of Israel?
Footnote Commenting on that earlier post, an RBC reader wrote:
I think that you cannot underestimate the power of theÂ incumbent JewishÂ establishment on people like me.I live in a mid-sized city with a compressed and insular JewishÂ community. Â I practice law. Â I require clients to practice law and make a living.Â I am fairly open about myÂ progressive political views and probably lose clients as a result.But, were I to be as openÂ about my views on the Mideast, which views are just a tad to the left,Â but would certaintly beÂ within the mainstream in Israel, I would lose many friends and aÂ significant portion of myÂ referral/client base.Â A great disincentive toÂ speaking out.