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Karine Jean-Pierre, an anti-Israel radical who praised Democrats for shunning a pro-Israel conference last year, has emerged as a top contender to be Joe Biden’s White House press secretary, according to several news sources.

NBC News’ Geoff Bennett cited “multiple sources” Wednesday as saying that Jean-Pierre, currently an aide to Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris, was the top candidate for the position. If Jean-Pierre is chosen, she would be the first woman of color to serve as press secretary.

Jean-Pierre, then a national spokesperson and senior adviser for the George Soros-funded left-wing group MoveOn.org, lauded the 2020 presidential candidates for boycotting AIPAC, the annual bipartisan pro-Israel gathering, in 2019. (AIPAC stands for American-Israel Public Affairs Committee).

Writing in Newsweek, Jean-Pierre maintained that the Democratic candidates “made the right call,” and that AIPAC’s policies and values “are not progressive.”

“You cannot call yourself a progressive while continuing to associate yourself with an organization like AIPAC that has often been the antithesis of what it means to be progressive,” she wrote.

She blasted AIPAC’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, as well as its decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak (as it does with every Israeli prime minister), saying that “under his leadership of Israel, according to the United Nations, Israel may have committed war crimes in its attacks on Gazan protesters.”

The protests she referred to along the Gaza border were violent riots in which firebombs, rocks and explosive devices were routinely hurled at Israeli soldiers. Rioters also made holes in the border fence and infiltrated into Israeli territory.

Jean-Pierre falsely accused AIPAC of “alarming,” and “severely racist, Islamophobic rhetoric,” as well as “trafficking in anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric while lifting up Islamophobic voices and attitudes.”

Ironically, AIPAC itself is often accused by pro-Israel groups to its right as being too pro-Palestinian. AIPAC has staunchly defended the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which calls for a state of Palestine on Jewish areas of the West Bank. AIPAC did not immediately back the Taylor Force Act, which cut U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority over its so-called “pay-for-slay” scheme paying terrorists and their families.

MoveOn ran a campaign pushing Democrats to boycott AIPAC.

Jean-Pierre has courted controversy in the past. Prior her stint as a senior advisor to the Biden campaign, she had said that no one who had been “accused of sexual harassment or assault” should run for office.

As Breitbart’s editor-at-large Joel Pollak noted Wednesday, Biden has been accused of sexual assault by Tara Reade — accusations that Harris said she believed.

Author: Deborah Danan

Source: Breitbart: Anti-Israel Radical Karine Jean-Pierre Named as Possible Joe Biden Press Secretary

Sudan on Tuesday said it was interested in signing a peace deal with Israel within the next half year, in a move welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Sudan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Haidar Badawi Sadiq told Sky News Arabia Sudan “looks forward to a peace agreement with Israel,” and added a peace treaty could be signed before the new year or immediately after it.

“There’s no reason for the enmity to continue,” Sadiq said. “We do not deny the existence of contact between the two countries.”

The news comes after the U.S.-brokered deal normalizing ties between Israel and the UAE was announced last Thursday.

“Both Sudan and Israel will benefit from such an agreement if it is signed, at the end of this year or the beginning of next year,” Sadiq added.

Netanyahu echoed those views, saying: “Israel, Sudan and the entire region will benefit from the peace agreement and together they can build a better future for all the peoples of the region.”

“We will do whatever is necessary to turn vision into reality,” he added.

Sadiq also hailed the UAE-Israel agreement as “courageous.”

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said Sudan’s remarks mark a “fundamental change that is taking place these days in the Middle East, and in Sudan in particular, exactly 53 years after the Khartoum Conference in which Sudan opposed recognition and a peace agreement with the State of Israel.”

“I welcome any step that promotes normalization, peace, agreements and recognition between countries,” said Ashkenazi, adding that Israeli diplomats will work on drafting “a peace agreement that respects the interests of both sides.”

Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi blasted Sudan over the peace deal decision.

“Where are the living revolutionary people of Sudan?”she said.

In February, Netanyahu secretly met with the leader of the Sudanese transitional government, Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Burhan.

Netanyahu said at the time that the two countries were “discussing rapid normalization.” He noted Sudan is “an Arab, or rather a Muslim country, speaking Arabic, that hosted the Khartoum Conference. And in Khartoum they have all the no’s against Israel. Remember the no’s? No recognition, no Israel basically.”

The UAE deal marks the third Arab country to hold diplomatic ties with the Jewish state after Egypt and Jordan. Most of the Arab and Muslim world does not recognize the existence of Israel.

Author: Deborah Danan

Source: Breitbart: After UAE, Sudan ‘Looking Forward’ to Inking Peace Deal with Israel

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