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Senator Bernie Sanders to Skip AIPAC

Senator Bernie Sanders, the only Jewish candidate for President currently in the race, has declined to speak at the annual major gathering of the pro-Israel lobby, seen as a must-stop place for serious candidates.

Sanders sent an e-mail to Robert Cohen, the head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, also known as AIPAC. He will be the only one from either party to skip the event.

Senator Sanders writes:

Dear Bob,

I enjoyed the opportunity to chat with you this morning. As I mentioned, I would very much have enjoyed speaking at the AIPAC conference. Obviously, issues impacting Israel and the Middle East are of the utmost importance to me, to our country and to the world.

Unfortunately, I am going to be traveling throughout the West and the campaign schedule that we have prevents me from attending.

Since AIPAC has chosen not to permit candidates to address the conference remotely, the best that I can do is to send you a copy of the remarks that I would have given if I was able to attend. We should be able to get that speech to you on Monday. Any help that you could give us in getting those remarks out to your members would be much appreciated.

Thanks very much. Hope the conference goes well.

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