Donald Trump for President 2016: What he will say at Jewish AIPAC Conference
Donald Trump has said that he will be attending the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference tomorrow. His campaign has cited the conference as the main reason he decided not to attend the Fox News organized next Republican debate on 21st March.
He is not the only presidential hopeful who is attending the high profile AIPAC conference. Almost all other candidates are attending the meet including Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and even Marco Rubio.
It seems a bit odd that the only candidate who is not attending the conference of the main Jewish organization in USA is himself a Jew. Yes, Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Senator has decided not to attend the meet.
Now AIPAC officials are really worried as to what the billionaire businessman will say during the conference. He is not very clear about Israeli-Palestinian relations and there are apprehensions that he may take a line that may be diametrically opposed to the present day policies regarding the Jewish state, whose interest AIPAC seems to protect in the US.
US is Israelâ€™s main military and financial backer. John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt while writing in “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” says, â€œSince the October War in 1973, Washington has provided Israel with a level of support dwarfing the amounts provided to any other state. It has been the largest annual recipient of direct U.S. economic and military assistance since 1976 and the largest total recipient since World War ll. Total direct U.S. aid to Israel amounts to well over $140 billion in 2003 dollars. Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America’s entire foreign aid budget. In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year. This largesse is especially striking when one realizes that Israel is now a wealthy industrial state with a per capita income roughly equal to South Korea or Spain.â€
AIPAC leadersâ€™ anxiety stems from the fact that he’s the wild card whose previous comments about Israel have created some anxiety among many who will attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference this week in Washington. Expect Republicans Ted Cruz and John Kasich to espouse standard conservative fare. Democrat Hillary Clinton probably will stick to well-known positions. Rival Bernie Sanders â€” trying to become first Jewish candidate to win a major party’s presidential nomination â€” is skipping the event.