May 29, 2008
After weeks of feuding over Mideast, candidates head to AIPAC conference
(Page 2 - Previous Page)"As thousands of members arrive for the conference, our role is to nurture the bipartisan nature of support for Israel and to strengthen the ties with all sectors of society," the spokesman said.
More than 7,000 activists are expected to attend, including 1,200 students.
Olmert is attending in person and likely will press for support for his recent stepped-up efforts to negotiate peace with the Palestinians and Syria. Insiders say AIPAC already is preparing the ground to shepherd support for such initiatives through Congress.
June 4 is the designated lobbying day for the activists. They are expected to push for Iran sanctions and back two non-binding resolutions. One recognizes Israel's efforts to arrive at a two-state peace with the Palestinians and calls for greater support for the effort from Arab countries, and the other seeks increased sanctions on Iran, including a ban on the sale of refined petroleum.
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