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May 18, 2017 12:16

AIPAC is working to adapt to the Trump White House, a polarized Capitol Hill and an ever more fragmented Jewish community.

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington in March. (photo credit:REUTERS)

To get a sense of how smooth-running a machine the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is, ponder this: the drive for reservations for next year’s convention is already on ‒ even though delegates to the 2017 Annual Policy Conference only went home on March 28.

“Conference” is probably a misnomer given that, notwithstanding scores of “breakout sessions,” 18,000 activists can’t really dialogue. Chartered buses took delegates to Capitol Hill to meet with their own House or Senate members chaperoned by an AIPAC official. AIPAC aims to make every annual conference bigger than the previous.


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