Pro-Israel groups in US expand campaign against Iran nuclear accord

The most influential pro-Israel lobbying group in the United States is expanding its campaign to pressure Congress into rejecting the recent accord over Iran’s nuclear program.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the biggest Zionist group in the US, will deploy about 300 lobbyists on Capitol Hill next week to try to convince lawmakers to vote against the nuclear agreement.

AIPAC, along with some other pro-Israel advocacy groups, will spend approximately $20 million to fund a national television advertising campaign to inform the public “about the dangers of the proposed Iran deal,” according to officials in the pro-Israel camp.

Pressure from AIPAC, which has more than 100,000 members and maintains a vast pool of donors, could worry lawmakers who are up for re-election next year.

AIPAC critics have stated it acts as an agent of the Israeli regime and has a “stranglehold” on Congress with its extensive influence and financial power.


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