O'HARA: A senior congressional aide who asked not to be identified says that on Capital Hill, AIPAC has a reputation for bullying, intimidation and promoting policies that don't necessarily advance the interests of the United States or, in the view of some, the interests of Israel.
O'HARA: Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents, an umbrella of Jewish organizations, says that the members of AIPAC simply exercise their rights as American citizens.
O'HARA: American Jews who support efforts to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians complain that AIPAC is too close to the policies of Israel's current Likud Prime Minster Ariel Sharon, who takes a hard line toward the Palestinians.
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