The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is not only one of the largest, richest and most powerful lobbying groups in the US (with some 6,000 activists plus 100,000 members and a $57 million war chest), it is also one of the most dangerous.
The AIPAC has the ear of all leading politicians in America, with both parties scrambling to appear the most pro-Jewish, and is a major driver behind not only the frankly useless Middle East policy of the Bush regime (see the afore-mentioned scrambling for the Jewish vote; no decent solution can be expounded when one side is so heavily favoured) but also the hawkish disposition of the AIPAC when it comes to regime change in nations such as Iraq and Iran.
Serious questions have to be asked about who exactly is guiding and benefiting from America's distorted and disastrous foreign policy across the globe.
Questions also have to be asked about the amount of aid secured for Israel, which is the largest recipient of US funds above all other countries.
The special relationship between the United States and Israel is perhaps reaching a point of overreach but it has already caused a great deal of harm in the current global atmosphere of polarised realpolitik.