Sister lobbies formed with the backing of the Israel Victory Project, an initiative of the conservative Middle East Forum think tank – Lawmakers urge U.S. to allow Israel to break from Washington’s dictates to ensure it has the upper hand in the conflict.
Alongside U.S. President Donald Trump’s ongoing efforts to put together a framework for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, the Knesset Lobby for Promoting the Recognition of Israeli Victory and the U.S. Congressional Israel Victory Lobby are set to start working together on what they see as a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which Israel will emerge victorious.
In a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, members of both lobbies are expected to sign an unprecedented joint declaration that will call on the American government to allow the Israeli government to act according to its own judgement in securing an Israeli victory in the conflict, rather than obeying U.S. dictates, as well as making a demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the national state of the Jewish people.
Yisrael Beytenu MK Oded Forer, who heads the Knesset lobby, and MK Avraham Neguise (Likud), who serves as head of the Knesset Immigrant Absorption Committee, are scheduled to meet in the U.S. with White House officials, Democrats and Republicans in Congress, and heads of leading Jewish organizations to drum up support.
The Knesset lobby was founded last July and includes representatives from all the Zionist political factions. The Congressional lobby is headed by Reps. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) and Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), and includes dozens of members.
The two lobbies have the support of the Middle East Forum, a conservative think tank headed by Professor Daniel Pipes, who founded the Israel Victory Project at the start of this year.
The IVP operates to change the narrative in Washington and in Jerusalem on solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian issue and institute policies supportive of an Israeli victory in the conflict.