Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to media in the spin room after the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center on February 25, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina.
On Tuesday, Sanders doubled down when asked about AIPAC at the Democratic debate, calling the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "reactionary racist" and urging Democrats not to "ignore the suffering of the Palestinian people" to raucous applause from the audience.
Buttigieg and Klobuchar campaign officials said the conference, which is normally attended by a bipartisan series of United States political figures, overlaps the primary criticism of Super Tuesday on March 3.
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"The answer is it's something we would take into consideration", Sanders responded.
"Senator Sanders has never attended our conference and that is evident from his outrageous comment", AIPAC said.
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Though numerous Democratic presidential candidates avoided last year's event, speakers at the 2019 conference included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The group added that he's insulting his own colleagues as well as the millions of Americans who stand with Israel.
The Guardian's Ben Jacobs concurred, tweeting that AIPAC's comments were "a pretty remarkable statement from an organization that has long gone out of its way to avoid entanglement in partisan politics".
The contest may have reached a peak Jewish cultural moment at a recent Democratic debate when Sanders and Bloomberg, both 78-year-olds either born or living in NY, compared their heart health on stage.
US Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders is increasingly drawing the ire of the US Israel lobby as well as officials in Israel itself. But in a presidential year, maintaining the facade of bipartisan support for the Jewish state requires that those who are in the spotlight should be competing for the support of pro-Israel voters - a group that encompasses most of the electorate and not just the Jewish community. "Shame", tweeted David Harris, the CEO of the American Jewish Committee. "He recognized the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people, the capital of the State of Israel", Katz said.
Sanders, a 78-year-old Jew who has been a federal lawmaker for decades, hasn't attended the AIPAC conference before but did offer to speak at the conference via video in 2016. He said the woman, an immigrant from France in her mid-50s and a mother of five who wished to keep her identity secret, worked at the residence for five months until last November, when she was injured from a fall caused by what he described as Sara Netanyahu's tyrannical demands.
Pressed further for his thoughts about Sanders, who if elected would be the first Jewish president in US history, Netanyahu said: "What I think about this matter is that he is definitely wrong". Elizabeth Warren of MA said she would not attend in response to a question from an audience member at a campaign event in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, that person is Sanders, who is the most critical of Israel of the Democratic candidates, as well as one who embraces antisemites and anti-Zionists as his allies and campaign surrogates.
If either Bloomberg or Sanders are elected, they would be the first Jewish president in American history.