TIMES OF ISRAEL
After Omar controversy, new group aims to get more Israel backers into Congress
by Eric Cortellessa
March 19, 2019
A new group was launched Tuesday to bolster pro-Israel candidates running for Congress. Following the 2018 midterms and the elevation of House members more sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, such as New York Rep. Alexamndria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, former staffers at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) have created an organization to send more traditionally pro-Israel candidates to Capitol Hill. Founded by Jeff Mendelsohn and Jonathan Missner, Pro-Israel America endorsed 27 members of Congress — 14 Democrats and 13 Republicans — as it announced its own establishment. READ MORE
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