House Majority Leader, John Boehner (R-OH), courageously stood before THE Israel lobby AIPAC* and announced
“As the new House majority leader, I can assure you that under my leadership, legislation that is in any way perceived as anti-Israel will not be considered in the House of Representatives,” Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio).Nothing about his stance on anti-American legislation.
And the U.S. press held up their end of the bargain by not covering the speech. By the way, that little declaration was made 6 March 2006. Of course, the Dubai Ports World flap was going on at the time - I wonder what was AIPAC's take on that?
Do a Google search on John Boehner. The Jewish Telegraph covered it. The Collectif Bellacio (France) covered it - although you can't access the page.
If you do a search on "anti-Israel" though, you get plenty of U.S. coverage on the Harvard study that Israel has undue influence on American policy. (See Boehner's comment above for glaring example.)
Yahoo isn't much better. Search on "Boehner anti-Israel" and you get results on the Harvard study group's paper. Search on "Boehner AIPAC" and you get 4 (four!) measly results.
1. Common Dreams on the Harvard study.
2. From Asia Times - Study blasts US pro-Israel lobby
3. CNN - The Situation - a daily column, which outlines the speaker schedule for the AIPAC conference. Boehner was scheduled to speak between 9:00am ET and 10:30am ET - with former Senator John Edwards. Hmmm.
4. Press release from AIPAC about their annual conference (released 1 March 2006). So, no actual link to Boehner's statements.
I'm deducing that it is good politics to reaffirm to AIPAC that they're no. 1, but bad politics to let Americans know about it.
*American Israel Public Affairs Committee.