Washington — Senator John McCain delivered some harsh criticism of Senator Barack Obama’s foreign policy at the opening session of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference Monday. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee told the crowd at the annual policy conference of the pro-Israel lobbying powerhouse that his Democratic rival’s talk of negotiating with Iran would lead to no results “except an earful of antisemitic rants

The Arizona senator received a standing ovation when he blasted Obama for not supporting a Senate resolution demanding the designation of Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terror group. At the time of that vote, Obama said he believed that the resolution, with its talk of structuring the American military presence in Iraq so as to combat Iranian influence there, would send the “wrong message, not only to the world but also to the region, where we should be pursuing direct diplomacy.”

“But here, too, he is mistaken,” McCain told the 7,000 attendees at the Aipac conference. “Holding Iran’s influence in check, and holding a terrorist organization accountable, sends exactly the right message — to Iran, to the region and to the world

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