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  •  Clinton made a deal with AIPAC to get (none)
    the powerful pro-Isreal jewish lobby backing him in support of his election in 1992.  The deal was to give the lobby's OK on two  key cabinet positions, according to the story below. Cohen was probably one of them.

    HEAD OF AIPAC BOASTED ABOUT HIS CONTROL OF POLITICIANS IN 1992

    HAIM KATZ: So if you had a little lamp, a wishing lamp and you could wish for either Bush, Clinton or Perot. . .

    DAVID STEINER AIPAC: Clinton.

    HAIM KATZ: Clinton all the way? And in terms of Israel having political power, between the three candidates, the one who will give us the most political power?

    DAVID STEINER AIPAC: Clinton is the best guy for us.

    HAIM KATZ: He's the best one.

    DAVID STEINER AIPAC: I hope you're serious about what you told me.

    HAIM KATZ: I am, I'll tell you this [tells a long anecdote about David Souter promising to oppose abortion as a nominee and then reversing himself on the Supreme Court]. So I wish we had a Jewish candidate for president.

    DAVID STEINER AIPAC: I don't think the country's ready.

    HAIM KATZ: If the country was ready, is there any Jewish candidate...?

    DAVID STEINER AIPAC:I wouldn't venture to say anything.

    HAIM KATZ: You know who? I don't know him, I've never met him, Joe Lieberman.

    DAVID STEINER AIPAC: Oh, I'm very friendly with Joe. I'm having dinner with him Monday night.

    HAIM KATZ: Let me tell you, I think Joe Lieberman would have, uh, would have, if he wasn't Jewish, that's the only problem he has. He's highly respected.

    DAVID STEINER AIPAC: I'd like to see him on the Supreme Court.

    HAIM KATZ: If Clinton is elected, has he told you who he's going to put on the Supreme Court?

    DAVID STEINER AIPAC: We're talking now. We don't have no commitments yet. We're just negotiating. We're more interested right now, in the secretary of state and the secretary of National Security Agency. That's more important to us.

    HAIM KATZ: If Clinton is elected, who do you think will be secretary of state?

    DAVID STEINER AIPAC: We don't know yet, we're negotiating.

    HAIM KATZ: Who are you hoping for?

    DAVID STEINER AIPAC: I've got a list. But I really can't go through it. I'm not allowed to talk about it.

    HAIM KATZ: But you figure, God willing, if Clinton's elected . . .

    DAVID STEINER AIPAC: We'll have access.

    HAIM KATZ: You'll have access and you'll have a good input into who's secretary of state.

    DAVID STEINER AIPAC: I do believe so.

    HAIM KATZ: And the other position is. . .

    DAVID STEINER AIPAC: National security adviser.

    HAIM KATZ: Those are the two critical positions.

    DAVID STEINER AIPAC: Right.  

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