Grant Smith, April 23, 2015
An American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF) briefing #book
from a December 2014 congressional staff junket to #Israel
may be the first piece of “educational” information ever to #leak
out of the captive #AIPAC
shell organization to the public.
AIEF was incorporated in 1988 to promote a more “balanced and realistic” understanding of American interests in the Near East and within the general public and among policy-makers, academics and journalists. Although it promised the IRS in its application for tax-exempt status that “All research produced and published will be made available to the general public” AIEF has never complied. Its relatively new, single-page website contains no information on education programs.
Only on Legistorm is AIEF’s main accomplishment readily apparent: sending members of Congress and their families on all-expense paid trips to Israel – over 1,000 since the year 2001.
That no AIEF briefing books are publicly available should come as no surprise
to the observant. AIEF is not functionally separate from AIPAC, a lobby for the Israeli government ever since it split off from the defunct American Zionist Council
in 1962. AIEF is housed in the very same offices as AIPAC , with 66% of its board of directors drawn from AIPAC. (PDF)
AIEF, like AIPAC, echoes the rhetoric of the Israeli government. Members of Congress on junkets are told by AIEF that “Jerusalem is Israel’s largest city – not a ‘settlement.’” There are no longer any final status issues to be negotiated – despite UN insistence to the contrary – because according to AIEF “Israel later incorporated the eastern half of the city and declared the unified Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel.” AEIF’s “case closed” approach to what the rest of the world considers to be open issues probably did at least prepare junket-attendees for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election-time declaration that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch.
The AIEF briefing book is full of flattery to Congress, declaring that “Congress has regularly recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in various resolutions and law.” Yet how representative of America are such “regular” resolutions?
Direct Link to hasbara bookhttp://israellobby.org/AIEF/12132014_AIEF_BBr3.pdf
**In case "israellobby" removes the book let me know, I have downloaded it and will re-upload it elsewhere.