Source: NBC News
By Allan Smith
The Vermont senator had said the pro-Israel lobbying group provides a platform “for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights.”
WASHINGTON — Mike Bloomberg said in a speech Monday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that rival Sen. Bernie Sanders is “dead wrong” in saying the pro-Israel lobbying group gives a platform to bigotry.
The only Democratic presidential candidate to speak in person before the annual gathering of the AIPAC (Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar made video appearances), Bloomberg was greeted with a standing ovation before detailing his opposition to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, using U.S. military aid to pressure the Israeli government and to the United Nations imposing what he called a “double standard” on the country.
In going after Sanders, Bloomberg not only hit a leading Democratic contender, but also a candidate whose comments on the gathering and the Israeli government have been central to the event.