March 18 Conference to Examine Israel’s Influence on America
“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.
Expert 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?
“Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad
for America?” (See the YouTube informational conference
video at 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).