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  • Bernie Sanders says anti-Semitism is a factor in BDS

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — It would be a mistake to count out anti-Semitism as a driver of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, Sen. Bernie Sanders said. “I think there is some of that, absolutely,” Sanders, I-Vt., said Monday evening on MSNBC after being asked if he would link BDS to anti-Semitism like his…

  • AIPAC apologizes for cheering of Trump’s Obama knock

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an emotional apology, the AIPAC leadership expressed regret to President Barack Obama for an attack on him from its stage by Donald Trump, and for the loud applause it earned. “While we may have policy differences, we deeply respect the office of the President of the United States and our President…

  • 11 times Donald Trump won the AIPAC conference

    Donald Trump’s speech to AIPAC was a departure for his campaign: He spoke from prepared notes and dealt with policy specifics. But his address of the pro-Israel lobby’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., Monday was still, well, Trumpian. True to form, Trump was unafraid to place himself at the center of events, however consequential — from the Sept….

  • Ted Cruz takes aim at Trump and Obama in AIPAC speech

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, running second to Donald Trump in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, targeted the front-runner in remarks to AIPAC’s annual conference. In remarks to American Israel Public Affairs Committee activists in Washington, D.C., on Monday night, Cruz said he would not remain neutral on Israel and would recognize…

  • Trump abandons talk of Israel neutrality, wins cheers from AIPAC crowd

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump, staking out a pro-Israel position that had nary a mention of the neutrality he had asserted earlier, earned an enthusiastic response to his speech at AIPAC’s annual conference. The real estate billionaire and front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, speaking Monday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, softened two positions…

  • Donald Trump says Israel should pay US for defense aid

    (JTA) — Donald Trump said Israel should pay for defense aid it receives from the United States prior to speaking at the AIPAC conference. At a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday, the Republican presidential front-runner was asked whether he believed the Israeli government should pay for American defense, as he had called for other…

  • Hillary Clinton to AIPAC: Donald Trump’s foreign policy ‘dangerously wrong’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillary Clinton derided Donald Trump as a feckless negotiator and told AIPAC that “walking away” from the Middle East was not an option for the United States, a broadside against the Republican front-runner that signaled her general election strategy. “We need steady hands, not a president who says he is neutral on…

  • Israel should be grateful to US, patient on Iran, Isaac Herzog tells AIPAC

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Israeli opposition leader called for his government to be grateful for the U.S.-Israel relationship, earning applause from AIPAC activists at their annual conference. Isaac Herzog, who heads the Zionist Union party, derided what he said were attempts to “shame” U.S. officials, alluding to tense relations between the government of Israeli Prime…

  • Joe Biden to AIPAC: Israeli, Palestinian apathy ‘incredibly disappointing’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israelis and Palestinians must revive their will for peace, Vice President Joe Biden told AIPAC in a speech that earned thunderous applause for emotional expressions of affection for Israel and scattered boos for criticism of settlements. Biden’s speech Sunday night to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual conference will be his last…

  • Illinois becomes first state to list companies banned for business due to BDS

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — An Illinois state agency named 11 companies barred from doing business with the state for boycotting Israel or its settlements, the first such designation by an official U.S. body. A number of the entities on the list approved Friday by the Illinois Investment Policy board have pulled money from Israeli businesses that…