A key Israel Lobby convention, the AIPAC Conference was severely inconvenienced today by the media coverage of Crimean secession, which many complained was “stealing their thunder.”
Still it wouldn’t be an AIPAC conference if they didn’t treat US foreign policy as something they could unilaterally dictate, and today that meant specific demands for what the details of a US-Iran deal would be allowed to include.
Immediately endorsed by a series of Congressional hawks in attendance, the demands are the same Israel has been pushing, aimed at making a deal impossible to reach and effectively killing the talks.
This includes demanding Iran would fully dismantle its civilian enrichment program, and insisting that the US keep its sanctions more or less intact no matter how much Iran gives up, with any “limited” relief coming only with a specific AIPAC and Congressional imprimatur. They also pushed for more sanctions right now, seemingly just to sabotage the process further.
AIPAC continues to present itself as the “pro-Israel” position, and by extension the Congressional default position, but there is growing dissatisfaction with their policy demands, with many US Jewish groups feeling they are getting far too hawkish.