Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (left) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (right) speak during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York on April 14, 2016. (AP/Seth Wenig)

Times of Israel By:  Itamar Sharon, Rebecca Shimoni Stoil and AP


The two Democratic presidential candidates exchanged blows over the Middle East in Thursday night’s often-heated CNN debate in Brooklyn, NY, only a few days before voters go to the polls in the latest battleground state.


Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton accused the Palestinians of rejectionism and staunchly backed the Jewish state’s right to defend itself against Palestinian attacks, while Sen. Bernie Sanders maintained that being “one-hundred percent” pro-Israel does not mean forgetting there are two sides to the conflict.


While Republican candidates have openly appealed to Jewish voters in recent days prior to the April 19 primaries in New York, Clinton and Sanders have performed fewer such symbolic trips to yeshivas and matzah factories. Instead, the two sparred over their policies on Israel.


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