So AIPAC doesn't represent the American Jews so who do they represent and why do they have so much power?
Tell me about it. But allow me to lay out a few thoughts on this subject, which never fails to get me into trouble and occasional puts me in danger of having my head explode. Yes, I too have Jewish friends, but one thing I often notice is that they are quite often Americans who happen to be followers of the Jewish religion. No matter who you are, frankly I don't give a rat's arse which of the various pantheon of gods you choose to follow. Jews, Christians, Muslims, Wiccans, atheists and agnostics... it's none of my business and makes no difference to me. (Ok... except maybe the Jehovah's Witnesses. Next time you bastards come knocking on the door during the Jets game on Sunday afternoon, I'm throwing eggs.)
The point here is that if you happen to be an American who is of the Jewish faith, it doesn't automatically mean that you are a citizen of Israel and support everything their government does. Nor does it mean that the neocon lobby speaks for you in terms of our country's relationship with Israel and the rest of the Middle East. Yes, most Jews I've met are certainly sympathetic to Israel and want its citizens to fare well, but not everyone agrees on the best road to follow toward that end.
I've never made any apologies for the fact that I'm primarily an isolationist. I also haven't been in the least bit shy about stating my belief that a lot of our current problems with primarily Muslim terrorist criminals stems from Middle East reactions to our handling of Israel. While they are certainly a nation sympathetic to our national philosophies and deserving of support, such backing can't always be offered in a vacuum. Antagonizing most of the rest of world by waving our U.N. veto around like a cudgel any time a discussion of Israel comes up doesn't do much for our buying power in the area of international diplomacy.
AIPAC has been a thorn in the side of open government for some time, and has exerted influence in our government's policies and actions far, far beyond any portion of the population of the United States which they might actually represent. Treating American Jews as if they are some sort of homogeneous block of neocons agitating for war is insulting, and something which community leaders should speak out against.