Friday, May 1, 2009

AIPAC Speakers

Political leaders speaking at AIPAC include (roughly in order of appearance) :

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
James Woolsey, ex-CIA Chief (and noted neocon)
Robert Satloff, Washington Institute for Near East Policy Director (Dennis Ross' former group)
Maj. Gen. Ido Nechustan, commander of the Israeli Air Force
Rep. Shelley Berkeley (D-NV)
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA)
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA)
Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA)
Newt Gingrich
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)
Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY)
Rep. Mike Pence (R-PA)
Shimon Peres, Israeli President
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister
Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA)

Oddly, the espionage case involving two AIPAC lobbyists (and a taped conversation with Rep. Jane Harman) was dropped by the U.S. government. The American Jewish Lobby has much to celebrate.