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Published:January 13th, 2013 14:11 EST

Does AIPAC Lobby Members of Congress?

By SOP newswire2

Does AIPAC Determine US Foreign Policy?

Dear Douglas,

You write: "President Obama`s foreign policy in the Middle East is determined by AIPAC and its associated lobbyists."

Both President Obama and AIPAC would disagree. Policy is crafted and set by the White House. AIPAC, on the other hand, lobbies members of Congress.

Regarding your second contention: "The policy of the US president should be to enforce international law and to insist that all illegal settlements in the Occupied Territories are dismantled, and all 500,000 illegal settlers repatriated to their homes in Israel..."

This premise is contradicted by multiple precedents To date, here are just a few of the policy views about settlements from previous American administrations.

"It is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949, and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion. It is realistic to expect that any final status agreement will only be achieved on the basis of mutually agreed changes that reflect these realities."
-President George W. Bush, in an April 14, 2004 letter to Ariel Sharon

"It is clear, however, that a return to the situation of 4 June 1967 will not bring peace. There must be secure and there must be recognized borders."
-President Lyndon Johnson, September 1968

"In the pre-1967 borders, Israel was barely ten miles wide at its narrowest point. The bulk of Israel`s population lived within artillery range of hostile armies. I am not about to ask Israel to live that way again."
-President Ronald Reagan, September 1982

 "Israel will never negotiate from or return to the 1967 borders."
-Secretary of State George Shultz, September 1988

Douglas, were all the facts contrary to what they are, you would indeed be correct.

Sincerely,
Joseph Raskas