Dems To Keep Distance From Pro-Israel Conference


Driving 2020 Democratic presidential candidates said Thursday that they wouldn’t be associated with a major pro-Israel conference over the weekend — a triumph for dynamic activists and a crisp indication of the party’s dissatisfaction with the U.S. partner’s hard-right float.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) “has no plans to go to the [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] gathering,” Josh Orton, his strategy executive, told HuffPost in an email.

Journalist Peter Beinart had before revealed that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would not visit. Therefore, an assistant to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) disclosed to Politico she would assume no role in the Pro-Israel conference, either.

Previous Housing Secretary Julián Castro likewise does not plan to visit, his agent press secretary Sawyer Hackett said by means of email.

Furthermore, Beto O’Rourke, the previous congressman, won’t be there, his senior counsel Rob Friedlander wrote in an email. Neither one of the aides reacted to a subsequent question about the purpose behind their respective candidates’ choices.

Moreover, Agents for other best Democratic presidential candidates ― including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) ― did not promptly react to HuffPost’s solicitations for input.

Pete Buttigieg, the undeniably prominent civic chairman of South Bend, Indiana, said a week ago that he would not go to the meeting.

MoveOn recorded four reasons why candidates ought to do that: the gathering’s activism against President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran; its past resistance of Anti- Muslim and anti-Arab talk from its partners; its invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on whose watch U.N. investigators state Israeli officers may have perpetrated atrocities; and its inability to censure top Republicans blamed for hostile to Semitism, as Steve Bannon.


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