“Founded by former AIPAC officials, Pro-Israel America seeks to be more explicitly political than the powerful lobby”

After Omar controversy, new group aims to get more Israel backers into Congress
by Eric Cortellessa
March 19, 2019

A new group was launched Tuesday to bolster pro-Israel candidates running for Congress. Following the 2018 midterms and the elevation of House members more sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, such as New York Rep. Alexamndria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, former staffers at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) have created an organization to send more traditionally pro-Israel candidates to Capitol Hill. Founded by Jeff Mendelsohn and Jonathan Missner, Pro-Israel America endorsed 27 members of Congress — 14 Democrats and 13 Republicans — as it announced its own establishment. READ MORE

HUFFINGTON POST Here’s The Pro-Israel Lobby’s New Plan To Preserve Its Political Influence Senior figures affiliated with America-Israel Public Affairs Committee, known better as AIPAC, are preparing to launch a new political group called Pro-Israel America to steer smaller-dollar political donations toward pro-Israel candidates, according to a February strategy document obtained by HuffPost and Jewish Currents, a magazine aimed at the Jewish left. Pro-Israel America hopes to recruit 10,000 donors giving around $200 each in order to send at least $2 million to pro-Israel candidates during the 2020 campaign cycle. 

JNS Pro-Israel philanthropist remains committed to ‘speaking out’ against anti-Semitism Pro-Israel philanthropist Adam Milstein has said that he remains committed to speaking out against the anti-Semitic rhetoric of Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), as well as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), following his announcement that he has withdrawn from moderating a panel at the upcoming AIPAC Policy Conference after a series of tweets criticizing the politicians.

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