Bernie Sanders, if elected president, would become the first Jewish man to ever hold the highest office in the U.S. But in his rhetoric and actions, he seems much more interested in playing to the Islamist left than he does in speaking to American Jews. His campaign manager is a Muslim, one of his top surrogates is fanatical Islamist Linda Sarsour, and he is best buddies with noted anti-Semitic congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. Whenever Sanders gets a chance to speak out against Israel, boy…he doesn’t hesitate.
In a tweet on Sunday, Sanders announced that he would be skipping the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference.
“The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security. So do the Palestinian people,” he tweeted. “I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights. For that reason I will not attend their conference. As president, I will support the right of both Israelis and Palestinians and do everything possible to bring peace and security to the region.”
Sanders, of course, went to great lengths to phrase his objection in a way that expressed support for Israel and the Jews, but who is he kidding? While you can certainly offer sympathy and compassion for the Palestinians, you cannot pretend as if this is a valid “both sides” issue and still remain on the acceptable side of anti-Semitism. It may seem strange to accuse a Jewish-American of anti-Semitism, but stranger things have happened.
Who knows, maybe he’s just a useful idiot for the Islamists. Either way, his stance is dangerous for the Middle East and the world.
In a statement responding to Sanders, AIPAC did not mince words.
“Senator Sanders has never attended our conference and that is evident from his outrageous comment,” they said. “In fact, many of his own Senate and House Democratic colleagues and leaders speak from our platform to the over 18,000 Americans from widely diverse backgrounds — Democrats, Republicans, Jews, Christians, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, progressives, Veterans, students, members of the LGBTQ+ community — who participate in the conference to proclaim their support for the U.S.-Israel relationship.
“By engaging in such an odious attack on this mainstream, bipartisan American political event, Senator Sanders is insulting his very own colleagues and the millions of Americans who stand with Israel. Truly shameful,” they concluded.
It is bad enough to think about electing a president who is unclear about where the U.S. should stand on the Israel/Palestinian conflict. It is far worse, however, to consider putting a man in the Oval Office who has ties and allegiances to far-left, Islamist movements that threaten our national security.
Moderate Democrats need to think very carefully about putting their support behind this man – his bent towards socialism is not the only red flag.