Many presidential candidates are speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. Including Donald Trump.
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who heads the Union for Reform Judaism, the largest stream of American Jews, plans to join a group of rabbis boycotting the real estate tycoon’s AIPAC speech because of the candidate’s intolerant remarks and bullying style.
Responding to Trump’s speech in a statement, Jacobs said: “A commitment to a strong US-Israel relationship is essential for any candidate for President. It was important that Mr. Trump addressed that relationship today when he spoke at AIPAC. We were disappointed but not surprised that Mr. Trump did nothing tonight to allay our deep concerns about his campaign. It still seems that he does not share our values of equality, pluralism, and humility.”
Among mainstream Jewish organizations, there has been little criticism of AIPAC’s invitation to Trump, with the understanding that every major party presidential candidate may have the AIPAC microphone.
Jacobs said, however, that we should not confuse a flawed political candidate with radical evil.