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White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonoough earned raucous cheers from the left-wing activists gathered at J Street’s fifth annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday when he attacked Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. “An occupation that has lasted almost 50 years must end,” he said. J Street was founded to disrupt the close U.S.-Israel alliance and to serve as an alternative to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the powerful pro-Israel group.

McDonough also refused to back away from criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for casting doubt on a Palestinian state: “we cannot pretend that Netanyahu’s comments were never made,” he said.

Earlier Monday, Netanyahu had apologizedto Israeli Arabs for remarks he made last Tuesday, as Israeli voters headed to the polls, warning about high turnout among Arab voters. The Obama administration had funded programs to increase Arab turnout in the election.

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