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AIPAC Policy Conference

  • Hillary Clinton (live)

    11:04 Hillary Clinton introduced by Lonnie Kaplan as “a Democratic candidate for president.” 11:04 Big standing O. 11:05 Feels like a big “family reunion.” 11:06 Remembering Tom Lantos. 11:07 Quotes from Isaiah. 11:07 I “reject” the argument that our “common commitment to Israel’s survival and well being is not in the best interest of America.”… More ▸

  • Barack Obama (live — and with an Israeli-American flag pin on his lapel)

    10:19 Introduced by supporter and AIPAC board member Lee Rosenberg… as the “presumptive Democratic nominee.” 10:21 He raises the anti-Obama e-mails. “Let me know if you see this guy named Barack Obama, because he seems kind of scary.” 10:22 When I visit AIPAC I am among friends, true friends. 10:22 Obama praises AIPAC’s bottom-up approach,… More ▸

  • Waiting for Obama

    We (Ami, Uri Heilman, Ron Kampeas, a few dozen journalists and thousands of pro-Israel activists) are waiting for Obama’s big AIPAC speech. It’s hard to imagine a more dramatic stage and opportune time for Obama to reach the hawkish-minded Jews who are politically active, more than willing to vote for the right Democrat and aren’t… More ▸

  • Nancy Pelosi (live)

    9:41 OK, the speaker is up. 9:44 Jane Harman and Shelley Berkley get a shout out. Howard Berman, too. “The aisle that divides Democrats and Republicans disappears” when it comes to support for Israel. (A standing ovation for that line). 9:45 A few kind words for the late Tom Lantos. According to Pelosi, first AIPAC… More ▸

  • John Boehner’s turn (live)

    John Boehner is up. Iran. Iran. Iran. So far, though, no clear shot at Obama/Dems. Progress in Iraq. Won’t hear that from Dem speakers. Iranians will be happy to fill the void in the Iraq left by a U.S. retreat. Big applause for that line. U.S. loss in Iraq will hurt Israel. If Iran builds… More ▸

  • Harry Reid, Rat Packer

    Harry Reid is speaking right now (before Obama and Clinton). The best part so far: Yes, yes, he loves Israel and wants sanctions against Iran… but what you really need to know is that he loved attending Israel Bonds events starring the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. Oh, yeah, he went to… More ▸

  • Olmert speaks

    Ron Kampeas has a brief up about Ehud Olmert’s speech at the AIPAC policy conference on Tuesday night. Uriel Heilman will have a longer story on Wednesday. My initial impression: The audience response was tepid – not only for Olmert’s pitch for talks with Syria and the Palestinians, but also for the prime minister himself…. More ▸

  • Rice’s AIPAC speech

    Courtesy of AIPAC Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s speech this morning at the AIPAC policy conference is now online. You can listen to the full audio below. $(document).ready(function () {swfobject.embedSWF(“/flash/player_v2.1.swf”,”jtaaudio_999375″,”290″,”27″,”9.0.0″,”/flash/expressInstall.swf”,{audioPath: “″},{wmode: “transparent”});});Flash is required. More audio, including that of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s address and a panel featuring Natan Sharansky, Ruth Gavison, Michael Oren… More ▸

  • The AIPAC agenda

    Ron Kampeas takes a look at the major items and talking points that AIPAC activists will be pushing on Wednesday in their meetings with members of Congress: As 5,000 AIPAC activists ascend Capitol Hill this week, they will be pushing a multifaceted agenda with a clear bottom line: It’s the sanctions, stupid. Some new wrinkles… More ▸