Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan MORE will skip next week's AIPAC conference, making him the only presidential candidate in either party not to address the major pro-Israel conference.
The Vermont senator said in Friday letter to AIPAC head Robert Cohen that he could not make the conference in Washington.
"I would very much have enjoyed speaking at the AIPAC conference. Obviously, issues impacting Israel and the Middle East are of the utmost importance to me, to our country and to the world," he wrote. "Unfortunately, I am going to be traveling throughout the West and the campaign schedule that we have prevents me from attending."
Sanders said that he would send remarks to AIPAC on Monday and asked the group to give those remarks to conference-goers.
His letter notes that candidates aren't allowed to address the conference remotely.
Rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE and GOP candidates Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe CDC's Title 42 order fuels racism and undermines public health Ocasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema MORE, John Kasich and Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE will all speak to the conference.
Sanders is the only Jewish candidate in the race and is running to become the first Jewish president.