Israel's foreign minister denounced Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders on Wednesday for what he called his "horrifying comment" about Jerusalem, saying that those who support Israel would not back Sanders' presidential candidacy after such remarks.
Sanders is not the only Democratic presidential candidate who is not planning to attend the AIPAC conference next month.
"(I) gave immediate instructions to publish for deposit the plan for construction of 3,500 housing units in E1", Netanyahu said at a conference in Jerusalem.
It is unclear if former Vice President Joe Biden, who previously spoke at the AIPAC conference in 2016, as well as former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, also asked about the embassy, said moving it back wasn't up to the US. Sanders in a tweeted statement, calling his attacks "shameful" and touting the group's diversity.
Sanders volunteered on a Kibbutz near Haifa in 1963, and is the only Democratic presidential candidate to actually have lived in Israel. Sanders, who if elected would become America's first Jewish president, doubled down Tuesday saying: "What you can not ignore is the suffering of the Palestinian people". "What I believe is not radical". The pro-Israel lobby team was working advertisements last spring focusing on the Vermont senator's campaign in the crucial most important states of California, Texas, and Florida.
The statement was in response to Sanders's announcement over the weekend that he wouldn't attend AIPAC's conference, which is being held on March 1 and March 2 in Washington. The group added that he's insulting his own colleagues as well as the millions of Americans who stand with Israel.
Warren and Sanders, whose presidential campaigns were already in full swing at this time previous year, also skipped the conference in 2019, as did several of their fellow Democratic hopefuls who have since dropped out of the race. This year's speakers include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
AIPAC responded to Mr.
"The answer is it's something we would take into consideration", he said when asked about the issue. "We are grateful for your commitment to freedom and dignity for all Palestinians and Israelis", the group said.
Sanders said the US has to have a policy that reaches out to the Palestinians and brings nations together.
"But when uttered in the U.S., [Sanders' positions] are called anti-Semitic at worst and naive at best", he added.
Progressive Jewish activist Ady Barkan urged other candidates to skip AIPAC. "fFor me, being Jewish means struggling for justice and liberation", he said in a statement. In that sense, there are two AIPACs: First, there is the lobbying group that by temperament and design supports the sitting Israeli government.