The two leading contenders for theDemocratic presidential ticket are courting American Jews, pledging fullsupport and protection to
"I need your help," Senator HillaryClinton told delegates of the American Israel Public Affair Committee (AIPAC),the most powerful pro-Israel lobby in the
She pledged that
Not very far from where she was standing, her mainchallenger Senator Barack Obama was also busy making similar pro-Israelpromises.
"Our job is to renew the effort to help
"That effort begins with a clear and strongcommitment to the security of
Using the same language at points, the two hopefulsseparately promised the Jewish lobbyists to contain
Founded in 1953, AIPAC's original name was theAmerican Zionist Committee for Public Affairs.
Its stated purpose is to lobby the Congress onissues and legislation that are in the best interests of
AIPAC has been effective in gaining support for
In 1987, The New York Times described AIPACas "a major force in shaping
"The organization has gained power to influencea presidential candidate's choice of staff, to block practically any arms saleto an Arab country and to serve as a catalyst for intimate military relationsbetween the Pentagon and the Israeli army."
Clinton and Obama are battling to win favor with theAmerican Jewish population, estimated at 6.4 million or 2 percent of thepopulation.
So far, ex-New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, acontender for the Republican presidential ticket, seems to be the Jews'favorite.
He ranked above all the other 2008 hopefuls in alist compiled lately by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz for his stance onJewish issues.
"The candidates recognize the importance ofthat and the impact the Jewish vote will have on the election."
Jewish voters are estimated to be 2 to 3 percent ofthe American electorate.
"Never before have my interests as a supporterof
There are 43 Jewish lawmakers in theDemocrats-controlled Congress, many of them chairing key congressionalcommittees such as the House International Relations Committee (HIRC) and theSenate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
A year ago, two prominent American professorsreleased a study showing that the
They attributed this to pressures from JewishAmerican groups and influential Jewish neo-conservatives.
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