As America’s leading pro-Israel group prepares to hear this week from nearly all the presidential candidates, most eyes in the crowd will be on Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
He’s the wild card whose previous comments about Israel have created some anxiety among many people who will attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington.
Expect Republicans Ted Cruz and John Kasich to espouse standard conservative fare.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton probably will stick to well-known positions. Rival Bernie Sanders — trying to become the first Jewish candidate to win a major party’s presidential nomination — is skipping the event.
Much like the American electorate at large, the pro-Israel community in the United States is anything but monolithic and this year’s AIPAC conference appears set to highlight those different constituencies.