As you all know, AIPAC spent a lot of political capital opposing President Obama on Iran sanctions and it lost. Eli Lake says that the lobby “botched its biggest fight in years” because it tried to keep the U.S. government aligned with the Israeli government by pressing the Democratic Congress to go rightwing. But the Democrats buckled when Obama said it was a matter of national security not to add more Iran sanctions. Republican Bob Corker summarized AIPAC’s problem to Lake:
Corker said AIPAC now “finds itself twisted in a knot.”
“Obviously they are trying to navigate keeping access to the administration and candidly their support of Israel and their support of the Democratic Party. They find themselves in a very tough spot,” he said.
AIPAC’s problem is that the Jewish community is split. Many support Obama’s J Street liberal Zionism that wants a battle with Netanyahu. AIPAC is on the right, supporting Israel and Netanyahu.
But AIPAC is taking action. It posted the job above on February 5. From Jewish jobs site, AIPAC seeks “a progressive outreach director:”
The National Progressives Outreach Constituency Director will work to promote pro-Israel advocacy among progressive political leaders and activists across the United States from AIPAC’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Constituency Director will … implement a national progressives outreach strategy, coordinate regional Progressives Outreach activities, and conduct outreach efforts directly in certain parts of the country. The National Outreach Program promotes pro-Israel activism and education among leaders of various constituencies, including Progressives, African Americans, Hispanics and Religiously-Motivated Pro-Israel Christians.
Roles and Responsibilities [include]…
Develop and execute a national Progressives Outreach strategy to be implemented across AIPAC regions.
Develop and maintain relationships with influential progressive leaders in the national capital area…
Adam has tweeted out the job application.
— Mondoweiss (@Mondoweiss) February 12, 2014
Thanks to Scott McConnell.