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General Session of AIPAC Policy Conference 2019

27 March 2019

In front of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference on Monday, the retired army general said that were he to win, "there will be no Kahanists running our country, there will be no racists leading our state institutions, and there will be no corruption leading our ways-no corruption whatsoever".

Promoting these values does, however, seem to come with a hefty price tag, with the organization requiring members to donate thousands of dollars a year toward "pro-Israel politics". Specifically addressing Iran, Hezbollah, unnamed British and American politicians, the Charlottesville neo-Nazis and the Pittsburgh shooter, he declared, "The Jewish people do not bow down". During this sensitive time for Jewish unity, Shlichim represent a crucial bridge between American and Israeli Jews.

"Plain and simple, the Democratic Party supports Israel and we will continue to do so", he told AIPAC.

Cheney said Hoyer "made an effort", but she noted he did not take long to backtrack somewhat and say his comments were "misinterpreted".

Republicans, meanwhile, have sought to highlight two freshman Democratic lawmakers - both Muslim - for their embrace of BDS: Reps.

On the other hand, the ever-growing list of Democrat candidates seeking their party's nomination matches the list of those choosing to eschew the AIPAC Policy Conference.

Omar last month challenged "the political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country".

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Pence, a conservative Christian, took direct aim at Omar during his remarks, saying that anti-Semitism had no place in the U.S. Congress. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY and Rashida Tlaib of MI. Praising AIPAC for its unwavering support for Israel, Rabbi Sacks went on to speak of the alarming escalation of anti-Semitic attacks all across Europe, including France, Belgium and the Netherlands. While the resolution being pushed by AIPAC activists mentions neither Omar nor Tlaib by name, it's a clear rebuke of their views.

Top Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke and Elizabeth Warren, did not attend this year's confab.

In short, a party whose legislators support the elimination of Israel, indulge in antisemitism and hire antisemitic advisers while incurring no penalty - and who receive, at best, anemic criticism from their senior colleagues, and at worst, promotion to Congressional committees - is a party that is normalizing antisemitism, not marginalizing it. He is scheduled to meet President Donald Trump on Monday and address the AIPAC conference on Tuesday.

This comes just after President Trump signed a proclamation officially recognizing the contested Golan Heights region as part of Israel, marking another major move by Trump in strengthening U.S.

"Remarkably, today, all but one Democrat running for president voted against the Combating BDS Act in the United States Senate", Pence told AIPAC delegates.

Trump signed the executive order alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who planned to address the AIPAC conference on Tuesday but cut his USA trip short amid the news of the rocket that hit an Israeli home.

General Session of AIPAC Policy Conference 2019