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On AIPAC, Golan Heights and Israel


The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) just wrapped up its annual conference. Speakers included Mike Pence, Elliott Abrams, Ted Cruz and Nancy Pelosi. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left early due to a crisis of rocket fire between Israel and the Palestinian territory of Gaza, but he addressed the conference via Skype.

In his address, he joined Republicans in criticizing Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, claiming that criticism of Israel is anti-semitic. Netanyahu is up for re-election (it’s a very contentious election) and Donald Trump gave him a boost earlier this month when he announced that the United States will recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, a move that is illegal according to international law.

Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, joined Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod to discuss the latest development in the dispute over Golan Heights, Netanyahu and Trump’s relationship, AIPAC, and more.

 

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