It was remarkable to watch Republican candidates speak before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on March 21 [“Clinton, Trump clash,” News, March 22].

Sen. Ted Cruz implied that Palestine stopped existing in 1948, and Donald Trump called Jerusalem the Jewish capital. He suggested that Israel is treated like a second-class ally.

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In fact, Israel receives America’s largesse while it builds settlements on what was Palestinian land. This is in violation of the UN resolution regarding the occupied territories. The relationship with Israel could use a more balanced and firmer approach that discourages expansion at the expense of a future Palestinian state.

Robert J. Gobright, Sag Harbor