What AIPAC Adds to the Israel Conversation

Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles - 03-26


After three days of bumping into hundreds of Israel supporters at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.; attending sessions on the cultural and scientific achievements that come out of the Jewish state; on the philosophical, political and security dilemmas that confront Israel; on the rise of anti-Semitism and the BDS movement; and on the complicated and evolving relationship between Israel and the American Jewish community– including the vexing challenge of maintaining bipartisan political support for the Jewish state– I think I’ve figured out the key value of this 18,000-people schmoozefest, besides the obvious benefit of going home with hundreds of business cards.