The Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be one of the most contentious issues in the world today. Despite the conflict being one of the longest and most complicated of its kind, it has recently come to the forefront of international headlines. This is due in part to the efforts of both sides to find a resolution to the decades-long struggle, and also to the fact that the U.S. Congress has become increasingly involved in the conflict.
The involvement of the U.S. Congress is especially important as it has the power to shape the direction the conflict will take. This has not been lost on the Israelis and Palestinians, as both parties have ramped up their efforts to sway Congress in their respective direction. From lobbying efforts to fundraisers, both sides are working tirelessly to ensure their voices are heard in the halls of Congress.
However, despite the best efforts of both sides, it appears that only one side is succeeding in its efforts to sway Congress. This is the Israeli side. With the help of pro-Israeli groups such as AIPAC, the Israelis have been able to form strong relationships with Members of Congress, which has resulted in Congress demonstrating strong support for the State of Israel.
To build on this advantage, the Israelis have also invested heavily in Israeli study tours, which allow Members of Congress and their staff to visit Israel and get a feeling for the reality of the conflict. These visits then serve as an important source of information for the elected officials, allowing them to build an informed opinion on the issue.
Of course, the Palestinians are not entirely without support in Congress. Various groups such as J-Street and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation are working to build relationships between Congress and the Palestinian leadership. They are also working to generate awareness regarding the conflict and the plight of the Palestinian people.
Nevertheless, it appears that the Israeli side has maintained its advantage and continues to generate more support in Congress than the Palestinian side. This is usually the result of the greater number of resources and the ability to form stronger relationships between Congress and the Israeli government. As a result, it seems that, at least when it comes to Congress, only one side will win in the Israeli-Palestinian battle for power.