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“Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America?” is the theme of a daylong conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on March 18, 2016.
“Israel’s Influence” is co-sponsored by the American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep). Attendees receive lunch and an invitation to a special attendee-speaker reception.
panelists and keynote speakers will analyze the enormous
impact Israel’s influence has on Congress, establishment
media, academia and other major institutions. They will
explore the costs and benefits in terms of foreign aid and
covert intelligence, foreign policy, America’s regional and
global standing, and unbiased news reporting.
American taxpayers provide Israel
with more than $3.1 billion annually in military aid. Since
1948 Israel has received far more than any other country,
despite polls showing that most Americans oppose such aid.
Israel and its U.S. supporters are now lobbying for a $1
billion increase—to $4.5 billion yearly—as “compensation”
for the recently concluded nuclear deal with Iran, despite
Israel and its lobby’s overt attempts to prevent it. What
Israeli assumptions about America drive this?
The lobby in charge of moving America is vast and powerful.
It will raise and spend another estimated $4.1 billion in
2016 charitable contributions to indirectly subsidize
Israeli institutions such as the Israel Defense Forces
(IDF), finance U.S. Israel advocacy, lobby local, state and
federal officials, and support Israel-centric “education”
programs. Some of this “education” supports pro-Israel
programs in schools, colleges and universities. It also
covers training federal and local law enforcement officials
to focus on American Muslim and Arab communities as
potential terrorist and “violent extremist” threats.
“Israel’s Influence: Good or
Bad for America?” (See the YouTube informational conference
https://youtu.be/LJBianooq0A) will take place two days
before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC),
the lobbying umbrella for Israel, holds its annual policy
conference in the nation’s capital. According to Steve
Rosen, AIPAC’s former director of foreign policy, “AIPAC
spent 10 years” trying to torpedo any nuclear agreement with
Iran. What will be the lobby’s next target during the coming
decade and how will that affect Americans?
All attendees will receive a box lunch with beverage and coffee/tea/water during breaks. Attendees are invited to stay and attend a post-conference networking reception from 5pm until 7pm. All ticketholders will receive one complimentary reception beverage ticket and may purchase additional beverages at the professionally-staffed bar located between the Holeman Lounge and Ballroom.
The National Press Club building is located at 529 14th St. NW, Washington DC, 20045. The Ballroom is located on the 13th floor. Elevator banks are located at the 14th St. entry. Nearby Metro stops within three to four blocks include Metro Center (Blue, Orange, Silver and Red lines), McPherson Square (Blue, Orange and Silver lines) and Federal Triangle (Blue, Orange and Silver lines).
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