May 3, 2022
AIPAC’s superpac has raised nearly $16 million in three months… That’s why the NY Times called “Jewish donors” who prioritize Israel the “elephant in the room” of our foreign policy. Or why a J Street panel said that the clout of Jewish donors in the Democratic Party is “gigantic” and “shocking”…
By Philip Weiss, reposted from Mondoweiss [Some photo added by IAK]
Yesterday AIPAC gave a statement about its big spending in Democratic Party primary races that set down the political rules for Democrats discussing Israel. Criticizing Israel is a red line– don’t cross that line. Haim Saban, one of the party’s largest donors, is there to enforce the line, from the top down. Because it really is all about the Benjamins– the money.
[Editor’s note: Numerous organizations have documented Israel’s long, systemic human rights violations.]
Here’s the statement that the head of AIPAC’s superpac (the United Democracy Project) gave to Jewish Insider:
“We intend to be active in a significant number of races where there is a clear difference between a candidate who supports a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and a candidate that does not or who may seek to undermine that relationship,” UDP spokesperson Patrick Dorton told JI. “Our goal is to help build the broadest bipartisan coalition of candidates who support the U.S.-Israel relationship… Our activist donors, who include one of the largest donors to the Democratic Party, are focused on ensuring that we have a U.S. Congress that, like President Biden, supports a vibrant and robust relationship with our democratic ally, Israel.”
That largest activist donor is Haim Saban, who gave $1 million to that superpac and has said, “I’m a one-issue guy and my issue is Israel.”
Saban has been setting the rules for a long time in the Democratic Party establishment. He kept Barack Obama in line on Israel and raised a lot of money for him. Next, he negotiated Hillary Clinton’s stances on Israel in 2015 so that she could keep “Jewish donors;” Clinton came out for Obama’s Iran deal but also issued a statement against BDS, the boycott campaign targeting Israel. Saban warned Clinton’s campaign staff (per leaked emails), that “thousands” of Israel supporters needed clear signals on her Israel stance.