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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Episodes

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: https://IRmep.org 
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Episode 3: AIPAC’s Founder

Monday Aug 01, 2022

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: https://IRmep.org
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Episode 2: Why this Matters

Monday Aug 01, 2022

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: https://IRmep.org Support this podcast https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1388020

Episode 1: This Series

Monday Aug 01, 2022

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: https://IRmep.org Support this podcast https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1388020

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