1. "What happened to the Jews in the Holocaust is the most heinous crime known by mankind in modern times." — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, quoted Sunday by the Palestinian government news service, WAFA, before the beginning of Israel's annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. This was the strongest statement about the Holocaust from a Palestinian leader; Holocaust denialism is not uncommon in the Arab world, and many Palestinians especially are reluctant to acknowledge the historical suffering of Europe's Jews out of concern it will harm their negotiating position.
2. "President Abbas can't have it both ways. He can't say the Holocaust was terrible, but at the same time embrace those who deny the Holocaust and seek to perpetrate another destruction of the Jewish people." — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to CNN, on Sunday, referring to Abbas' efforts to form a unity government with rival faction Hamas.
3. "A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second class citizens — or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.... The reports of the demise of the peace process have consistently been misunderstood and misreported. And even we are now getting to the moment of obvious confrontation and hiatus, but I would far from declare it dead." — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, to world leaders at the Trilateral Commission, on Friday, in leaked audio obtained by The Daily Beast. The reference to "apartheid" rankled Israeli advocacy groups in the U.S., The Daily Beast's Josh Rogin reports, "and it could attract unwanted attention in Israel, as well." Peter Weber
Clinton campaign welcomes Donald Trump to general election by calling him 'too big a risk' for America
Hillary Clinton lost Indiana to Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, but not by a wide enough margin to significantly affect her delegate lead. Clinton's campaigned focused on the general election instead, calling Donald Trump the "presumptive Republican nominee," and predictably suggesting he wouldn't make a very good president:
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) May 4, 2016
You can see the contours of the general election taking shape, assuming Clinton and Trump win the nominations. Trump, in his victory speech, criticized Clinton on trade and her plan to phase out coal energy. Clinton's campaign argues that the next president has to main jobs, "keep our nation safe in a dangerous world and help working families get ahead here at home," adding that Trump is "prepared to do neither," and that "with so much at stake, Donald Trump is simply too big of a risk." Few think the race will stay this civil. Peter Weber
And then there were two: On Tuesday night, after Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican presidential race, John Kasich told voters that "now more than ever, there are two paths."
Now more than ever, there are two paths...https://t.co/XGNi1Uf8lT
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) May 4, 2016
Earlier in the day, after coming in last place in the Indiana Republican primary, the Kasich campaign announced that the Ohio governor was staying in the race unless one of the other candidates reached 1,237 bound delegates before the convention. Now that it's down to just Kasich and Donald Trump, Kasich is sharing on Twitter a video reminding people that he is a very different person from Trump.
"It's been some unbelievable day," Donald Trump said to supporters in New York after he won the Indiana Republican primary, forcing rival Ted Cruz out of the race. He thanked legendary Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight, professed his love for the Hoosier State ("I said, maybe I'll just never leave"), and criticized the onslaught of negative ads he saw while campaigning in Indiana. Most of the ads were directed at him, and "I said, how can anyone endure this?" Trump asked. "The people are so smart. They don't buy it. They get it."
Trump turned to the general election, criticizing Hillary Clinton on trade policy and for threatening to shut down coal mines, saying, "we're going to get those miners back to work." He also vowed to prevent U.S. companies from moving jobs overseas, saying, "we will not let them leave," and if they do, "there will be consequences, and there will be very, very serious consequences." Trump said America needs to rebuild its infrastructure and its military, calling the military buildup "the cheapest thing we can do," and said that under a Trump foreign policy, other countries are "going to end up liking us better than they do now."
Finally, Trump turned to Cruz, saying he's not sure if his erstwhile rival likes him, "but he is one hell of a competitor. He is a tough, smart guy. And he has got an amazing future." He wasn't so charitable to the last man standing in the race, John Kasich. Trump began by thanking RNC chairman Reince Preibus, saying it is hard to manage "17 egos," then added, "and now I guess he's down to one — I don't know, is there a second?" In case Kasich didn't get the hint, Trump said, "What Ted did is actually a very brave thing to do," paving the way for party unity. Peter Weber
If you ever find yourself standing on a stage with Ted Cruz, run — don't walk — away as fast as you can for your own protection, lest you become the latest person to get hurt.
— Marcy Stech (@etchaStech) May 4, 2016
Over the weekend, Carly Fiorina ate it after introducing the one-time Republican presidential candidate, falling off the stage and disappearing into a sea of Cruz supporters. On Tuesday, after Cruz announced his decision to drop out of the race, he elbowed his wife Heidi not once, not twice, but three times in the head as he went to embrace his father. He then awkwardly pulled Heidi into their hug, and she buried her face into his arm, clearly in survival mode.
Now that Cruz is no longer running, the world is instantly a safer place for those who might have found themselves sharing a dais with him. Don't be surprised if Cruz, knowing of his curse, tries to make his way onstage with a certain former rival — Donald Trump, you've been warned. Catherine Garcia
With Ted Cruz's departure, the Republican presidential race has become a two-man contest, but Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus apparently doesn't think much of John Kasich's chances to overtake Donald Trump. After Trump's romp in Indiana, Priebus tweeted a sort of congratulations to Trump, and a plea for party unity.
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) May 4, 2016
After losing the Indiana Republican presidential primary to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz suspended his campaign. Cruz had called Indiana his firewall, and said on Monday he would fight on as long as he had a viable path to the Republican nomination. "Tonight, I'm sorry to say, it appears that path has been foreclosed," Cruz told a crowd in Indianapolis on Tuesday night. "Together, we left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we had. But the voters chose another path." Cruz ended his speech promising to fight on. "We are suspending our campaign," he said, "But hear me now, I am not suspending our fight for liberty," the U.S. Constitution, and the "Judeo-Christian values that built America."
Carly Fiorina, who just last week joined Cruz's campaign as his running mate, introduced Cruz, saying she spoke for the whole Cruz team "when I tell you how many Hoosiers we have fallen in love with on this campaign." She thanked everyone in the room, and said "we came here as warriors, warriors in a cause." Fiorina called Cruz "one of the great citizens of this extraordinary nations." When he came on, Cruz began, "God bless the Hoosier State," talked about the last contested Republican convention, when Ronald Reagan lost to Gerald Ford in 1976, suggesting that he may be back again for the 2020 race. Peter Weber
John Kasich came in a very distant third place in the Indiana Republican primary, but the Ohio governor says the results are "not going to alter" his campaign plans.
"Our strategy has been and continues to be one that involves winning the nomination at an open convention," the Kasich campaign wrote in a note on Facebook. Kasich will remain in the race unless a candidate reaches 1,237 bound delegates before the convention because he "remains the candidate best positioned to win a contested convention."
The campaign argues that a "plurality of Trump delegates will support him after the first ballot," and he can unite the Republican Party "better than anyone else. Trump's cynical sowing of division will render the GOP into angry, irrelevant status for decades." The campaign also called Trump out for "disrespectful ramblings" and said "Americans overwhelmingly want to vote for Governor Kasich in a general election." Catherine Garcia