Ariga: Running Scared AIPAC Drops Israeli Anthem Friday, September 30, 2005
Ariga: An election, an anniversary and an investigation, Friday, September 30, 2005: "And on the eve of the new Jewish year, which begins on Monday evening, Israeli officials, particularly at the mbassy in Washington are bracing for the reading of the plea bargain deal cut with Larry Franklin, the Pentagon analyst indicted for handing secrets (reportedly about Iranian spies in Kurdish Iraq looking for Israeli agents there) to two top officials from AIPAC, the organized 'Jewish lobby' in Washington. The two AIPAC officials, Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman have also been indicted in the case – and at least three Israeli officials from the embassy, who are all back in Israel, are named in the indictments, though not as defendants. The case, say Israeli officials somewhat blithely, will be bad for AIPAC, but not so bad for Israel. But already this year, for the first time in AIPAC history, the Israeli anthem was not played after the American anthem at the opening session of its annual general assembly of activists from all over the country."