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Israel Brings US Congress For Vacation While US Economy Falls Like Controlled Demolition

Israel: One-fifth of US Congressmen have been scheduled to visit Israel over the next three weeks despite America’s deepening economic crisis.

The Congressmen have announced their one-week trips, paid for by the so-called American Israel Education Fund, a non-profit affiliate of the politically powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday.

AIPAC is a major pro-Israeli political pressure group in the US that is widely believed to dictate US foreign policy in the Middle East. For instance, the draft of nearly all resolutions and bills passed by US legislators in Congress are entirely prepared by AIPAC, a fact often boasted by the pro-Tel Aviv lobby group on its website and propaganda publications.

The first group of 26 Democrats is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday.

The AIPAC-funded tour will include meetings with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas.

The visits come amidst Washington’s ongoing economic woes, which, according to President Barack Obama, is America’s worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

“It is just outrageous that Congress is going on holiday. It is even more outrageous that they are not going home and talk to their constituents who are losing their jobs … they (Americans) want to talk to their Congress people and where are they? They are in Israel,” says Executive Director of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs Delinda Hanley.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) refused to give Press TV an interview or even a comment on the mass-visit to Israel by American lawmakers.

Maryland’s Democratic Representative Steny Hoyer, who will be leading the Democratic delegation, said in a statement that the purpose of the trip is to learn about “the evolving security situation in the Middle East, the deep challenges facing Israel, and the role the United States can play in the region during this time of uncertainty.”

However, Hanley argues the reason why so many American politicians are going to Israel is for supporting Israeli policies, particularly with regards to the planned Palestinian statehood resolution in the upcoming meeting of the UN General Assembly in September.

“It is the UN resolution that is [coming up] in September, and Israel is pulling out all stocks to make sure that America vetoes it,” she said.

Over half of the representatives going to Israel are freshmen, which, according to Hanley, make their political careers more fragile and susceptible to being cut short by America’s powerful Israel lobby.

“They feel like they have to go on these trips and make these ridiculous votes, [otherwise] they will lose the campaign contributions [paid by the pro-Israeli lobby],” the analyst pointed out.

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