AIPAC Proclaims It Supports Israel’s Policies- Yet Isn’t Supporting Taylor Force Anti-Terror Bill or Jews in Judea/Samaria- Both Israel Supports
Whenever I’ve asked AIPAC’s top leadership why AIPAC took certain positions or remained silent on issues that were important to Israel’s rights or security, AIPAC’s leadership always stated to me that AIPAC supported those positions that the Israeli government supported. That’s why, AIPAC explained, they reversed course from opposing negotiations with terrorist Yasser Arafat to supporting it and the Oslo Accords, and supporting the unilateral expulsion of Jews from their homes in Gaza and a Palestinian State.
AIPAC’s leaders have given the same explanation to board members and others. Yet AIPAC has not supported the Taylor Force Act (Senate Bill S. 474; House bill H.R. 1164), which conditions U.S. aid to Palestinian Authority (approximately $500 million each year) on the PA ending its practice of spending $355 million/year on large pensions to Arab terrorists and families of terrorists who murder Jews or Americans on a visit to Israel. The PA also gives top PA government jobs to these killers when they leave prison.
Additionally, AIPAC does not support the right of Jews to live anywhere in Judea/Samaria, which Israel does support. AIPAC even refused to support releasing Jonathan Pollard from prison. (AIPAC simply refused to take a position on these two issues.) AIPAC also remained silent about the prospect of anti-Israel Cong. Keith Ellison becoming the Chair of the Democratic National Committee and numerous other anti-Israel people being confirmed to important posts. AIPAC didn’t speak up in support of pro-Israel attorney David Friedman becoming U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
Accordingly, the ZOA urges AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) to join ZOA in supporting two vitally important matters that Israel clearly strongly supports: (1) The Taylor Force Act, and (2) the right of Jews to live in Judea/Samaria. Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer confirmed that Israel strongly supports these two matters, during his eloquent speech at the CUFI (Christians United for Israel) Annual Washington D.C. Summit to Honor Israel on Monday evening (July 17).
Supporting Israel’s rights to Judea/Samaria is especially important today in light of anti-Israel groups’ efforts to falsely brand Israel as a “foreign occupier.”
And Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who sponsored the Taylor Force Act in the Senate (along with 15 bi-partisan Senate co-sponsors thus far) correctly noted that the Taylor Force Act is a “moral imperative.” The House version of the Taylor Force Act, sponsored by Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO), has garnered 76 House co-sponsors thus far.
At CUFI, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, on behalf of the Israeli government, clearly and adamantly declared that Israel supports the Taylor Force Act, saying:
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