Rabbis To Boycott Donald Trump In US, Israel Event

Rabbis To Boycott Donald Trump In US, Israel Event
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This year’s presidential candidates, both Republican and Democrat, are now headed to the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Already, controversial GOP candidate Donald Trump is causing some tension before he is even due to step on stage. Meanwhile, Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders says he will be unable to attend.


The promotion and strengthening of ties between the US and Israel is the core mission of AIPAC or American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Here, it encourages pro-Israel activists to go ahead and establish relationships with members of the Congress from both Republican and Democratic sides to help enhance the relations between the two countries.

At this year’s policy conference, AIPAC intend to bring to the forefront certain key issues involving relations between two countries. These include U.S. security assistance, Iran’s aggression, Israel urgent defense requirements as well as a number of groups who pose a threat to Israel. These include Hezbollah, Hamas and ISIS in both Syria and the Sinai Peninsula.

Ahead of Trump’s appearance, the Boston Globe reports that rabbis are now threatening to boycott Trump’s speech. ” What we’ve learned from our history is that we can’t stand idly by when a leader says those things,” explains Rabbi Jesse M. Olitzky of South Orange, J.J. He intends to remove himself from the meeting. Others in the Jewish community echo the same sentiment.

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Meanwhile, this year’s AIPAC conference has already gotten underway. The first to make a speech was U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during on Sunday evening. On Monday morning, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to take to the stage first. She will then be followed by House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer and Chairman of Zionist Union and Leader of the Opposition Israeli Knesset Isaac Herzog.

Meanwhile, on Monday evening, various GOP candidates like  Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich will deliver their speeches to the conference. They will also be joined by Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Rep. Paul Ryan. On Tuesday morning, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to address the conference via satellite, followed by remarks from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Robert Menendez.

Meanwhile, Sanders had written a letter addressed to Robert Cohen, the president of AIPAC. He says that due to campaign schedule, he will be unable to make to the conference. Moreover, since the conference does not allow candidates to address its audience remotely, he would send a copy of the remarks he would have delivered instead.

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