Accession Number:

ADA276886

Title:

The Agenda and Political Techniques of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

Descriptive Note:

Research rept. Aug 1992-Apr 1993

Corporate Author:

INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

For over three decades the American Israel Public Affairs Committee AIPAC has been an effective lobby within Congress to ensure that Israel remains strong militarily and economically and endures as a national homeland for Jews. AIPAC possesses advantages in those key areas that are considered essential for an effective interest group. AIPAC has focused leadership a large number of members who are wealthy and highly regarded in their communities a grass roots organization that is large and vocal significant access to political leaders an issues oriented electorate that consistently votes an effective training program to lobby legislators and general public support. While acknowledging its effectiveness, AIPAC critics maintain that AIPAC is an ex-officio arm of the Israeli government which shamelessly manipulates the political process whenever it decides that there is a perceived threat to Israels interest. This paper will examine AIPACs origins, its structure and agenda, and its lobbying techniques to better understand why AIPAC is considered by many to be the most influential Congressional lobby

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE