Trump Calls Democrats ‘Anti-Israel’ After Attending Pro-Israel Conference

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington D.C

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"I mean, I don't know what's happened to them, but they are totally anti-Israel - frankly I think they are anti-Jewish".

"The Democrats have very much proven to be anti-Israel".

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves after giving a speech at the 2016 American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference at the Verizon Center

Several Democratic presidential candidates say they are skipping this year's meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee amid a roiling debate within the party over US policy toward Israel under President Donald Trump.

Representatives of Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, former representative Beto O'Rourke and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Julián Castro said they won't be attending the AIPAC conference, which begins Sunday in Washington, without giving a reason. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, have spoken at the group's annual conference before.

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The Democratic field of candidates have President Donald Trump running scared - or at least that's what the director of communications for the Democratic National Committee believes. Instead, Vice President Mike Pence (R) will speak, as well as a number of other administration officials.

"It's no secret that that AIPAC has worked to hinder diplomatic efforts like the Iran deal, is undermining Palestinian self-determination, and inviting figures actively involved in human rights violations to its stage", Iram Ali, campaign director at MoveOn Political Action, said in a statement. Trump has also recognized Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, an historic move. "But just as many strong allies are candidly sharing their concern about the extreme right wing agenda of the Trump Tea Party Republicans and its destructive impact on world affairs, so must America be truthful when it comes to objecting to the Netanyahu regime's brutal suppression of Palestinian protests". Thank you President Trump!

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Such was the reaction to comments by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, who expressed the opinion that some American politicians refused to condemn inhumane policies - such as Israeli troops firing into crowds of unarmed protesters - because speaking out could offend some donors. And she's also drawn scrutiny for her comments about AIPAC.

"Anti-semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes", Omar said in a Twitter post dated February 11. Omar is one of the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress. "Anti-semitism has no place in the United States Congress", he said during a cabinet meeting.

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The majority of Americans remain partial toward Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with 59% in Gallup's annual World Affairs survey saying they sympathize more with the Israelis whereas 21% sympathize more with the Palestinians.

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