Tag Archive for AIPAC

Israel’s UN Amb. tells AIPAC: ‘Sen. Sanders is a liar or fool, or both’

Israel’s envoy to the UN, invited to address the AIPAC conference, lambasted the Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders for attacking AIPAC, the largest bipartisan pro-Israel lobbying group, and who also went on to call PM Netanyahu a “reactionary racist.”

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Democratic frontrunner Senator Bernie Sanders defended himself from accusations he is anti-Israel in an interview with Margaret Brennan on CBS News Sunday.

Sanders, who refused to address this week’s AIPAC policy conference, was asked if he thought he would suffer politically for shunning the pro-Israel lobby.

“Yeah, I do. I mean, they have a lot of money. Continue Reading »

347 U.S. Rabbis sign letter blasting Bernie Sanders’ ‘defamatory comments’

The Rabbis letter goes on to say, “AIPAC’s mission is one that we and our congregants care deeply about…. The AIPAC Policy Conference may be the largest political gathering of Democrats and Republicans in the entire country.”
– Read letter & list of American Rabbis



WASHINGTON – Following Sen. Bernie Sanders’s decision to skip the AIPAC Policy Conference in March, a group of 347 rabbis has signed an open letter to the Democratic front-runner, saying they support AIPAC’s role in advancing the US-Israel relationship and reject his “outrageous comments.”

Sanders claimed on Saturday that the organization gives a platform “for leaders who express bigotry.” Continue Reading »

Democrat Congresswoman from Minnesota calls AIPAC a ‘hate group’

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s colleague from Minnesota, Rep. Betty McCollum, called AIPAC, the pro-Israel/U.S. advocacy lobby, a “hate group” after the group featured her in “poorly worded” social media ads.

By Ben Ariel and JTA


A Minnesota congresswoman has called AIPAC a “hate group” inciting against her after the Israel lobby featured her in an attack ad, JTA reports.

“AIPAC claims to be a bipartisan organization, but its use of hate speech actually makes it a hate group,” US Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat, said in a statement on Wednesday.

U.S. Rep Betty McCollum (L) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (R) – Photos: U.S.

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U.S. House Passes anti-BDS Resolution in Landslide pro-Israel Win

The House bi-partisan resolution puts Congressional Representatives on record opposing the anti-Israel supporters of the BDS movement and their efforts to target U.S. companies that do business with Israel.
– The anti-BDS resolution passed on an overwhelming vote of 398-17.
– Entire Resolution, 
H. RES. 246, included.

Published: Ynet


The House overwhelmingly approved a resolution Tuesday opposing an international effort to boycott Israel, a rare bipartisan vote as Democrats try to tamp down increasingly heated political rhetoric over differences with the longtime U.S. ally.

Democrats have been wrestling with the issue all year. Liberal lawmakers, most notably Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Continue Reading »

U.S. Congress targets Hezbollah & Hamas with anti-human shield legislation

A bill that singles out Hamas & Hezbollah as habitual offenders of an inhumane tactic that violates international law was approved in the House of Representatives and is set to pass in the Senate, before being signed into law by President Trump.

By The Media Line


The US House of Representatives passed legislation targeting those who use “human shields” in military confrontations with Israel. The tactic is often employed by Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah organization, who Israel says conceal their arsenals in civilian structures such as schools, homes and hospitals.

The legislation—titled the “Sanctioning of the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act”—passes to the Senate, where it is set to be approved, before heading to President Donald Trump to be signed into law. Continue Reading »

Congress uses ‘war-time’ discretionary funds to pass Israeli missile defense program

Despite White House objections, Congress approved the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to include an additional $705 million for joint US-Israel missile defense needs, by tapping the Overseas Contingency Operations budget for the aid increase, a fund that was meant for US wartime readiness.



WASHINGTON — Congress appears to have bucked the Trump administration this week by passing hundreds of millions of dollars in missile defense aid for Israel likely using funds historically reserved for current US wartime operations.

Arrow missile defense system. – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The White House made clear over the summer that it was not opposed to the amount of aid proposed by Congress for Israel, but rather the vehicle for its delivery– an unprecedented use of dollars typically saved for US military readiness. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu, AIPAC mum over U.S. Congress’ Taylor Force Act


Israeli leaders, along with AIPAC are maintaining their neutrality by not commenting on Congressional bill that would defund the Palestinian Authority over its monthly payments scheme to families of murderers of Israelis.



WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Washington’s largest Israel advocacy organization are withholding support for a Senate bill that would defund the Palestinian Authority over its “martyr” compensation scheme, which provides the families of convicted murderers and terrorists in Israel with monthly stipends.

The Taylor Force Act, named after a former US Army officer murdered by a Palestinian assailant in Israel last year, would require the State Department cut funds to the PA should it fail to end the program. Continue Reading »

Israel’s PM Netanyahu thanks US for support , vows to work toward peace


WATCH as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the annual AIPAC convention via satellite, saying, “I’m confident our alliance with the U.S. will grow even stronger in the years ahead,” and that he was committed to working with U.S. President Trump to advance peace with the Palestinian.

By Yoni Hersch, Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that “Israel has no greater friend than America” and that he was committed to working with U.S. President Donald Trump to advance peace efforts with the Palestinians and with the broader Arab world.

Netanyahu made the pledge in a speech via satellite link from Jerusalem to the largest U.S. Continue Reading »

WATCH: U.S. Ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley says ‘Days of Israel-bashing are over’


Full interview: Addressing the 2017 AIPAC conference, Amb. Nikki Haley said the December anti-Israel resolution passed at the UN Security Council was ‘not only embarrassing it was hurtful,’ vowing ‘it will never happen again.’

By AFP, Ynetnews


The US ambassador to the United Nations received a rapturous welcome Monday at Washington’s biggest pro-Israel forum, where she vowed never to allow “Israel-bashing” at the world body.

Nikki Haley was addressing the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference for the first time since President Donald Trump named her Washington’s UN envoy.

And she drew a clear line under the record of her predecessor, who in December abstained from a UN Security Council vote, thus allowing a resolution criticizing Israeli settlements to pass. Continue Reading »

Pro-Israel Palestinian Arab calls out anti-Israel Jews at AIPAC


Solomon, a Palestinian Arab born into a religious Muslim family, also spoke out during the IfNotNow demonstration outside the AIPAC conference Sunday, calling the claim that Israel occupies Arab land, “a lie.”

By David Rosenberg


Anti-Israel demonstrators associated with the IfNotNow organization protested outside of the AIPAC conference in Washington DC on Sunday, blasting the Netanyahu government, Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and AIPAC’s support for Israel.

The protesters included a large contingent of far-left Jewish radicals, including IfNotNow founder Simone Zimmerman, who served as Jewish outreach coordinator for Bernie Sanders’ Democratic primary bid in 2016.

Sandra Solomon – Photo Courtesy of CIJNEWS.COM

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WATCH: PM Netanyahu’s Speech to AIPAC 2016


view videoIn broadcast to the AIPAC conference in Washington DC, PM Netanyahu states ‘terror has no grievances, even if you give up Brussels, Istanbul, or the West Bank, terror will continue.’

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu deliver a speech in a live broadcast to the AIPAC conference in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Responding to the horrific attacks in Brussels earlier in the day, Netanyahu said, “terrorists have no resolvable grievances, it’s not as if we could offer them Brussels, or Istanbul, or the West Bank. That won’t resolve their grievances.”

“Their basic demand is that we simply should disappear,” he said, emphasizing “that won’t happen.” Continue Reading »

Protesters descend on AIPAC conference to call on US to end aid to Israel


Ahead of contested Trump appearance at AIPAC conference, 300 pro-Palestinian activists gathered brandishing placards & flags, protesting the conference & calling on Washington to end all aid to Israel.

By i24news


Anti-Israel protesters descended on Washington on Sunday, as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference was set to kick off.

A group of around 300 pro-Palestinian activists gathered brandishing flags and placards, protesting the conference and calling on the US to end aid to Israel.

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump denies that his outspoken remarks have created a climate of violence. Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP

The AIPAC policy conference, the largest pro-Israel talk shop in America, is set to open later on Sunday, and will address a range of issues including US-Israel relations, the Iranian nuclear deal, the Syrian civil war and peace talks, the threat of the Islamic State, and the latest developments athroughout the Middle East. Continue Reading »

Watch: Complete address of National Security adviser Rice at AIPAC

National security adviser Rice at AIPAC says US-Israel ties transcend relations between ‘individual leaders & political parties’ but goes on to say, ‘bad deal better than no deal.’

By Itzhak Benhorin


(WASHINGTON) – President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said a bad nuclear deal with Iran is worse than no deal at all and seemed to level criticism at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying “sound bites won’t stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, strong diplomacy backed by pressure can.”

National Security Adviser Susan Rice – Photo: AFP

Her remarks came ahead of a speech to Congress on Tuesday by Netanyahu, who is expected to argue against US President Barack Obama’s Iran strategy in a joint session of the US Congress which has brought tensions between the two leaders to record high. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Netanyahu address AIPAC – US on the right side of the moral divide


PM Netanyahu calls on Abbas to tell his people that also Jewish people have a right to a state of their own.

The PM also attacks boycott movement, calls on the world not to fall for “the BS in BDS.”



Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the AIPAC policy conference in Washington on Tuesday, saying that peace with the Palestinians has the potential to better the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the Middle East.

Netanyahu speaking at AIPAC 2014 – Photo: Amos Ben Gershom, GPO

Netanyahu stated that a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians would open up the possibility of establishing ties with leading countries in the Arab world. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu lands in Washington saying, ‘It takes 3 to dance the Mideast Tango’

Israel’s PM Netanyahu is to meet Kerry, Obama & Biden on Monday, and is then scheduled to address the AIPAC conference on Tuesday.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived late Sunday in Washington, where he was scheduled to meet U.S. President Barack Obama and address the AIPAC conference.

Netanyahu addressing journalists during a press conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. September 15, 2013 – Photo: AFP

Upon landing, Netanyahu told reporters that he was committed to negotiations for a final settlement and was waiting to see proof that the Palestinians were as well.

“It takes at least three to dance the Middle East tango,” Netanyahu said.  

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