Sunday, Mar 29 5:00p to 8:00p
at Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Be a part of the largest pro-Israel event in Oregon. Join over 400 community leaders, elected officials, activists, and students for a chance to gain deeper insight into the U.S.-Israel relationship.
The breadth of AIPAC's influence has been the subject of criticism, often relating to the group's positions on American and Israeli policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Critics argue that it has distorted American foreign policy in favor of Israel.and that Jewish-American public opinion is to the left of AIPAC and other mainstream Jewish organizations.
Among the best-known critical works about AIPAC is The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government professor Stephen Walt. The working paper and resulting book claim that AIPAC is a "de facto agent for a foreign government", whose "success is due to its ability to reward legislators and congressional candidates who support its agenda, and to punish those who challenge it."
AIPAC has also been the subject of criticism by prominent politicians including Representative Dave Obey of Wisconsin, former Senator Mike Gravel, and former Representative Cynthia McKinney.
Additionally, former President Jimmy Carter stated that AIPAC is putting enormous pressure on politicians running for office who do not share AIPAC's goals.