Robert Scheer SI Podcast

Tom Dine: A Half-Century Advocating for Israel and Peace in the Middle East

Robert Scheer sits down with Tom Dine, the senior policy advisor at Israel Policy Forum who is best known as the head of AIPAC from 1980-1993.
This week, Robert Scheer sits down with Tom Dine, currently the senior policy advisor at Israel Policy Forum, but is best know as the head of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), a powerful pro-Israel lobbying organization from 1980-1993.
Israeli and American flags fly as Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates arrives in Tel Aviv, Israel, April 18, 2007. Gates is in Israel to meet with Israeli leaders including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to discuss the Middle East conflict. (DoD photo by Cherie A. Thurlby)

Robert and Tom discuss some of the highs and lows in a 53-year-long career in public service as well as why Tom considers going to war in Iraq in 2003 one of the worst decisions in the history of American foreign policy. They talk about why the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 was a turning point in the peace process from which the region still has not recovered. Tom Dine also reveals his role in negotiations between Syria and Israel in recent years and how close the parties came to an agreement on major issues.

Credits

Guest:
Tom Dine – Israel Policy Forum

Host:
Robert Scheer

Producers:
Joshua ScheerRebecca Mooney

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