Why Sanders is Skipping AIAPC
By Micah Halpern
Sunday March 20, 2016
I've Been Thinking:
Bernie Sanders made a very big mistake. Deciding not to speak at the 18,000 strong AIPAC Conference on Monday in Washington DC shows that Sanders is not as pro-Israel as he says he is.
All the other candidates will be speaking on Monday. Hillary Clinton will present in the morning and the three republican candidates will take the stage and deliver their own messages in the evening.
Max Blumenthal, a rabidly anti-Israel writer, created a petition for Sanders not to attend the AIPAC Conference and 5,000 people signed it. Blumenthal is the son of Sidney Blumenthal who is one of Hillary Clinton's closest confidants.
Sanders said that he is too busy campaigning. Well - so are all the other candidates. He said that the will be on the west coast and cannot make it back to the east coast. Well - the conference is several days long.
Sanders asked to remotely speak, but AIPAC policy is no remotes except for the Prime Minister of Israel. Remotes just do not work well. Sanders suggested that the conference distribute the speech he would have given. He told AIPAC that the text of the speech should be ready by Monday.
Bernie Sanders has a problem. Many of his supporters are vehement critics of Israel and going to the AIPAC conference would alienate his base.
Israel might not be as important an agenda item to Sanders as he says it is. With Sanders, what you see is, very often, what you get. This is probably no exception.
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