Sunday, July 19, 2015

AIPAC Employees Told to Ax Summer Vacation Plans and Gear Up to Fight Iran Deal

Cancel your summer vacations.

That was the order AIPAC’s executive director, Howard Kohr, gave his employees in a staff meeting convened this week at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee after the United States announced the Iran nuclear deal, reports the Jerusalem Post.

According to JP, AIPAC’s Kohr distributed a phone script on Thursday morning to AIPAC’s tens of thousands of activists directed at members of Congress.

“I am calling to urge the senator/representative to oppose the Iran nuclear deal because it will not block Iran from getting a nuclear weapon,” the script says.

The Israeli government is sending officials to Washington to campaign against the plan, starting next week with the opposition leader, Zionist Union chief Isaac Herzog – a bid to show the wide breadth of Israeli opposition to the plan.

JP notes:
AIPAC twice has pulled out all the stops in taking on a president – and lost both times. In the early 1980s, the lobby opposed the Reagan administration’s sale of advanced military aircraft to Saudi Arabia. And a decade later, AIPAC opposed President George H. W. Bush’s linkage of loan guarantees to Israel to restraint on settlement building in disputed areas.
AIPAC insiders say they know they might lose this time, too, but say they have little choice given the existential threats they believe the deal poses to Israel. Additionally, they say, galvanizing opposition to the deal now will show the Iranians that the US political establishment remains wary of the agreement, and in the event that it is approved will insist that Iran hew to every one of its provisions.


  1. Popcorn time, but deadly serious. The usual suspects are going to go into hyper-shrill mode about the Iran deal. Look for some outrageous lies to come. Krystal has already started (see McAdams at RPI).

  2. When referring to one of the "axis of evil" states, the neocons aren't satisfied with just the word "threat." As customary, to ensure they've got US soccer moms shaking in their boots and low-IQ voters hurling insults at anyone who dares not stand up for Israel, they've got to make the threat more real; in this case, they've got to make Iran's nuclear program an "existential" threat.

    1. Anti-Semite is the neocon equivalent to when the left throws racist around. Granted Arabs are also considered semites but as we all know neocons dont let facts get in their way.