Doug Bloomfield is a bowtie-wearing lobbyist, and he used to lobby for AIPAC. A friend of mine pointed me to a column Bloomfield wrote about the long-delayed trial of two former AIPAC staffers accused of passing classified info to the media and the Israeli government.
Bloomfield’s column is a treasure, hidden in the website of the New Jersey Jewish News – as if dumped on the Jersey shore by a pirate crew on the run. It explains how the trial — if it ever happens — could hurt the hawkish Israel lobby, even more than it could embarrass the prosecution. (The defendants? They may have the least to worry about.) This will look like one of those divorce trials in which all the family secrets are finally spoken aloud. Says Bloomfield:
One of the topics AIPAC won’t want discussed, say these sources, is how closely it coordinated with Benjamin Netanyahu in the 1990s, when he led the Israeli Likud opposition and later when he was prime minister, to impede the Oslo peace process being pressed by President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.
That could not only validate AIPAC’s critics, who accuse it of being a branch of the Likud, but also lead to an investigation of violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
“What they don’t want out is that even though they publicly sounded like they were supporting the Oslo process, they were working all the time to undermine it,” said a well-informed source.
“After Rabin came in in 1992 and said he wanted to make peace and signed the Oslo accords, and the U.S. was supposed to pay the tab, every restriction on all political and financial dealings [by the Palestinians] came out of our office,” said the insider. …
In addition to cooperating with the Israeli opposition, AIPAC worked closely with congressional Republicans to undermine the Clinton administration’s Middle East policy, several sources confirmed.
There’s more here.
Such charges aren’t new, of course. But Bloomfield is particularly well connected to the organization and particularly unhappy, it seems, with his former associates. While we wait for the trial, we’d love some more teasers, Doug.