Sanders called out for Israel 'racist' comment

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Palestinian woman vs. Israeli policeA longtime pro-Israel activist says it was appalling to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders describe Israel as a racist country.

During a recent town hall meeting on CNN, the Democratic presidential candidate referred to the current administration of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “racist government.”

Sanders was asked ironically by an audience member how he would maintain a strong U.S.-Israel alliance despite his past criticism of Netanyahu.

"I am not anti-Israel," he claimed, “but the fact of the matter is that Netanyahu is a right-wing politician who I think is treating the Palestinian people extremely unfairly."

The self-described socialist, who is polling well among Democratic voters, then went on to use the term “racist government” in his answer.

Benjamin NetanyahuLaurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, responds with her own question: does Sanders support terrorists?

“Who are constantly attacking Jews in their communities, either by stabbings, or running people over, or blowing up homicide bombers, or sending missiles into Israel,” she points out. “Is that who you support?”

The Times of Israel reports that Sanders’ description was met with a vaguely worded statement from AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby, that suggested “name-calling by political leaders” against Israel’s democratically-elected government is “counterproductive to maintaining close ties and advancing peace.”

Tzachi Hanegbi, a Netanyahu cabinet member, called the comment “strange” and said it doesn’t represent the view of the Democratic Party, even among the party’s liberal wing.

 

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