Five months back we saw New York Times reporter Ronen Bergman at a closed-to-the-media AIPAC event in Westchester County praising the Israel lobby organization.
“You know, I’ve been all over the U.S. with AIPAC and it’s always a great pleasure, as an Israeli. I always tell AIPAC, you do so much in the U.S., and… I know that you’ve got our backs. It’s such a great feeling.”
Well, Bergman is going to have that great feeling again real soon. He will be speaking at AIPAC this coming Sunday at a session on the threat Iran poses to Israel. The panel at the policy conference in Washington sounds like a typically-slanted presentation by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee:
…the Islamic Republic is continuing its aggressive behavior across the region. Iran is building its intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities, supporting the Assad regime in Syria, shipping missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon, and attempting to establish the Revolutionary Guard in the Syrian Golan Heights, next to Israel. …And what can be done to counter Iran’s negative influence in the Middle East?
AIPAC lists Bergman as “Investigative Journalist and Author, Yedioth Ahronoth.” How curious that AIPAC left the Times out. The Times is very clear itself: Bergman is a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine. On twitter, Bergman states that he works for the New York Times as well as Yedioth.
I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. AIPAC exists to assure American support for Israeli colonization and massacres; the New York Times does a poor job covering AIPAC’s influence; most of the Democratic presidential field is skipping AIPAC because it’s rolling out a red carpet to the prime minister even after he attacks Palestinians as non-citizens; and AIPAC doesn’t let independent media cover its conference. But Israeli reporter Bergman loves the organization, and he’ll be there.