The Commentator www.thecommentatorjm.com January 2008 Edition
Foreign Affairs 
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Iran's 25,000-strong Jewish community
Ted Rudow III,MA (Tedr77@aol.com)
"The central committee of Iran's 25,000-strong Jewish community, which has in the past expressed unease over Ahmadinejad's stance on the Holocaust, added its voice to the condemnation of his hostile reception in New York, Iranian Jews strongly condemn such impoliteness and willfulness, as such behavior has targeted Iran's president who legally represents Iranians," it said in a statement.
On the another hand, AIPAC, or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, describes itself as the most important organization affecting the U.S. relationship with Israel. With a budget of $65 million, and membership now standing at over 100,000, it is no wonder that congressional staffers consider it one of the most powerful and effective lobbies on Capitol Hill. Including AIPAC's support for U.S. military aid to Israel, which amounts to over $3 billion per year.
"It is widely acknowledged that the reps and senators are ticked at AIPAC, and their hostility seems to be growing these days. With upwards of 60% of their campaign contributions coming directly or indirectly from the Israel Lobby, the Democratic congressmen are not free to respond to their antiwar base." John Walsh. Some Muslims see a new Crusade in the making, waged jointly by the Jewish Israelis and the Christian Americans.
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