Jewish Agency Shlichim Attend 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference

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The influence AIPAC wields on US politics came under increased scrutiny when Obama was president, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the US Congress without an official invitation from the Obama administration.

Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) while speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington via satellite on Tuesday, exclaiming, "From this Benjamin: It's not about the Benjamins!"

Despite Pence's claim, aside from Omar's remarks - which were rebuked by her congressional colleagues with a resolution condemning hate speech - not much has changed within Democratic leadership in regards to Israel, or even AIPAC.

"The language really echoed upon anti-Semitic tropes that have been used throughout the centuries, accusations of Jews having dual loyalties to foreign countries - specifically Israel - or Jews with their associations with money and buying political favor", Olitzky told VOA.

Pelosi also said to be anti-Semitic is to be anti-American, adding, it has no place in the country. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris (D-California), leapt to Omar's defense when she accused Israel's supporters of dual loyalty. "They'll never understand why the vast majority of Americans - Jews and non-Jews alike - support Israel".

"This legislation appears designed less to combat anti-Semitism than to have a chilling effect and to crack down on campus critics of Israel", Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president of J Street, a liberal advocacy group that has been sharply critical of Israel's government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said in a text message.

This is a developing story. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen.

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That's not true. House Speaker Pelosi has on countless occasions called Israel THE greatest political achievement of the 20th century.

PIPAC Co-President and College junior Jacob Cohen said he took issue with Omar's comments. Trump told reporters last week that Democrats were both "anti-Israel" and "anti-Jewish".

Netanyahu took aim at Omar in his speech, saying: "From this Benjamin - it's not all about the Benjamins", in reference to United States support for Israel which Omar had highlighted in a tweet last month. Tlaib also "absolutely" backs withholding United States aid from Israel.

Cheney said Hoyer "made an effort", but she noted he did not take long to backtrack somewhat and say his comments were "misinterpreted". In a March 17 Washington Post commentary, Omar said her experience as a refugee informed her desire to find "a balanced, inclusive approach" to a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians.

"As governor of IN, I was proud to sign the toughest anti-BDS legislation of any state IN the union".

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.

Critics say Trump's move to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel was aimed to boost Netanyahu's popularity at home ahead of Israeli elections, which will be in April.

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