As always, the AIPAC Policy Conference is an opportunity to witness all the miraculous accomplishments emanating from this tiny shining democracy in the Middle East. It is a chance to hear from the experts on every topic imaginable from Iran, to the rising crisis of global anti-Semitism, to the Middle East peace process, to the BDS movement and so much more.
However, for me the main takeaway from this year’s conference was the growing concern of the attack being waged on the U.S./Israel relationship from some in the Democratic Party.
AIPAC is and has always been a bipartisan organization whose primary goal is to support Israel and maintain a strong bond between our two countries. No matter how much dissent is in our Congress, Israel has always been the one issue that has brought both sides together.
With a Democratic presidential nominee calling out AIPAC as a racist-based organization and many in the Democratic Party trying to hijack this relationship, the message was loud and clear.
For a safer and better world, the U.S. needs Israel and Israel needs us. We need to actively support pro-Israel candidates in both parties. How can this be done?
I would suggest signing on to Pro-Israel America, a PAC that will keep you updated on all pro Israel candidates running for Congress. Take, for example, Rep. Joyce Beatty, a Democratic legislator from Ohio and a longtime pro-Israel advocate. In the upcoming primary she is facing a challenger who is funded by the same group that endorsed Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. Her opponent, Morgan Harper, is an unknown who has an endorsement from an anti-Israel group that accused Israel of being a human rights violator on par with Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, this is not just happening in Ohio, but is a problem that we face nationwide.
The time to get involved is now. We cannot afford to lose the backing of those who have been lifelong friends of the Jewish State.