Proposed Response by AIPAC to J Street’s Challenge

On Dec. 16,2021, AIPAC announced the formation of a regular PAC and a super PAC.

J Street, a rival of AIPAC which has its own regular PAC, criticized AIPAC for supporting dangerous politicians who threaten fundamental democratic values in the U.S. and Israel. J Street promptly challenged AIPAC to join it in a public commitment to refuse to support any candidate for the House or Senate who declined to certify the results of the 2020 election.

To date, AIPAC, fearful of alienating pro-Israel Republicans, has ignored J Street’s challenge. We suggest that AIPAC respond to this challenge by making the following two public commitments:

(1) To donate up to $5,000 from their regular PAC to congressional candidates who support Israel but who did not vote to certify the results of the 2020 election, and

(2) To donate more than $5,000 from their super PAC to congressional candidates who support Israel and who did vote to certify the results of the 2020 election.

The goal of AIPAC is to maximize American support for Israel. The two commitments proposed for AIPAC are intended to reward all American political candidates who support Israel. Hopefully, a greater reward offered to those supporters of Israel who demonstrated their respect for fundamental democratic values in the U.S. by voting to certify the results of the 2020 election will encourage other supporters of Israel to uphold our nation’s fundamental democratic values.

About the Author
Ted Sheskin is an emeritus professor of industrial engineering and the author of a textbook, Markov Chains and Decision Processes for Engineers and Managers. He has published peer-reviewed papers on engineering systems and mathematical algorithms. His letters to editors addressing politics, economic policy, and issues facing Israel and American Jews have appeared in the NY Times, Daily News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland Jewish News, Jewish Week, and Jewish Voice.
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