How Israel Made AIPAC

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has recently established its own political action committees. AIPAC is using tens of millions of dollars of PAC money to knock off candidates for office it believes won’t be sufficiently deferential to the government of Israel. There is a lot of current analysis about this in social and even legacy news media. Most of it has one thing in common: no history about how, when or why AIPAC came into existence. What exactly is AIPAC and where does it come from? Who founded AIPAC, and when? What did AIPAC’s founder do before creating a lobby for Israel in the U.S.? What happened when he ran into trouble with the Senate and Department of Justice? How does AIPAC history inform us about foreign influence on U.S. political campaigns and American Middle East policy today? Those are questions we answer in this thirteen-episode podcast.

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How did Harry Truman resist Isaiah Kenen's Israel lobby public relations issue framing? What were David Ben-Gurion's directives to the American Zionist Council where AIPAC functioned as the lobbying and PR division? According to Kenen, how were Israel's core interests served by forming AIPAC? How much was Kenen paid by Israel's government to lobby American politicians in a delegation to Israel after a $65 million aid package passed through the U.S. Congress?Podcast website:  To support this podcast visit

Monday Aug 08, 2022

What was the Israel Office of Information and AIPAC founder Isaiah L. Kenen's role at IOI? How long did Kenen remain as an employee of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs at IOI? What propaganda information did IOI omit in its FARA filings? How did Kenen, chafing under FARA, maintain an active lobbying campaign in the U.S. Congress for foreign aid while still operating as an employee of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs? Why did the Justice Department tell Kenen to keep registering as an Israeli foreign agent even after he left IOI? Podcast website:  To support this podcast visit

Monday Aug 01, 2022

Which Israeli pre-state terrorist and arms smuggling entities freely operated in the U.S.? How and why did they penetrate the U.S. Department of Treasury? How and when did the Secretary of Treasury threaten President Franklin D. Roosevelt's State Department with charges of anti-Semitism if the administration refused to support Zionist aims? Who was Vladimir Jabotinsky?" What was the "Transfer Agreement?" How did U.S. war surplus arms and equipment become a target for Jewish Agency and Haganah arms smugglers? What was the division of labor for smuggling front operations like the Sonneborn Institute, Materials and Manpower for Palestine and who were the key operatives ? What overseas activities did the CIA detect?Podcast website:  To support this podcast visit

Monday Aug 01, 2022

Why did the U.S. enact the Foreign Agents Registration Act? When and why did enforcement move from the State Department to the Department of Justice? What were the key provisions of FARA and how did they change over time? What was the Jewish Agency for Israel and why did it have to register under FARA? Which U.S. individuals and organizations were prosecuted for violating FARA?Podcast website:  To support this podcast visit

Monday Aug 01, 2022

In what ways was the creation of Israel like a business startup? What did the nascent Israel lobby want from President Harry Truman and how did they approach and lobby him? Why did the U.S. State and War Departments oppose U.S. recognition of Israel? Why was the American Council for Judaism also opposed? How was Isaiah L. Kenen involved in official UN missions traveling to Palestine on behalf of the Jewish Agency? What secret documents did the Zionist movement leak to taint the Arab cause? Why did Truman resent such Zionist pressure campaigns? How did The Nation magazine help Israel's cause at a critical juncture? Who was Abraham Feinberg and why did he factor so heavily in Democratic Party fundraising for Truman and in following decades? Which Zionist group was hedging its bets by simultaneously lobbying the U.S. and Germany during WWII? The maintenance of which secrets helped advance the Zionist cause?Podcast website:  To support this podcast visit

Monday Aug 01, 2022

Who was AIPAC's founder Isaiah L. Kennen? Where was Kenen from and how did he get his start? How did his father's disastrous wartime dealings supporting Russia's Tsar impact the family? How did Kenen's journalism morph from lobbying for labor rights, to U.S. entry into WWII and finally the formation and U.S. subsidization of Israel? Which major U.S. Zionist leaders did Kenen work with, and why was Theodore Herzl's plan for a Jewish state so important to Kenen?Podcast website: To support this podcast visit

Monday Aug 01, 2022

Why is the history of the intense  battle between the U.S. Department of Justice, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kennedy administration and AIPAC so important, but so little known? Why is AIPAC circumspect about its origin story? How has AIPAC largely written its founder, Isaiah L. Kenen, out of that history? What three developments concerning the formation of Israel have had an enormous impact on Americans? Podcast: How Israel Made AIPACPodcast website: Support this podcast

Monday Aug 01, 2022

Israel's lobby the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is knocking out American politicians it thinks won't be deferential enough to the Israeli government. But what is AIPAC and where does it come from? When was a key chapter of AIPAC's secret history finally declassified and released by the U.S. Department of Justice? How to subscribe to this podcast and support IRmep. Podcast website: Support this podcast

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