American Israel Public Affairs Committee

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The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is a pro-Israel organization in the United States, only one part, but an important one, of the Israel lobby in the United States. AIPAC has been described as having an enormous influence on United States foreign policy and also internal United States policies related to Israel.

AIPAC has been criticized for various reasons, such as contributing to the United States giving large amounts of aid and various special privileges to Israel and the United States becoming involved in various wars perceived to be beneficial for Israel, such as the Iraq War. Examples of other criticisms include being involved in the ongoing efforts to outlaw the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and spying for Israel allegations. A well-known criticism was the 2007 book The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.

A somewhat similar, more recent group is J Street. While both groups call themselves bipartisan, AIPAC has been described as somewhat more right-wing and J Street as somewhat more left-wing.

Generally, the influence of AIPAC may be difficult to separate from that of the many other forms of pro-Israel and Jewish influence. See the articles on the Israel lobby and Jewish influence, in particular Jewish influence: Foreign policy.

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