In an interview with The Intercept, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) revealed his anti-Israel colors by advocating for the insane policy of ending all aid to the Jewish state.
Unsurprisingly, the interview was the quintessential ramblings of a madman, as Sanders naively endorsed the idea of meeting face-to-face with the murderous Kim Jong Un and embracing the Islamo-Nazi Iranian regime. But his worst comments were regarding Israel:
These days, unlike other members of Congress, Sanders has no qualms about identifying, and decrying, the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. But does he accept that the United States is complicit in Israel’s occupation, through its military aid and arms sales? And does he also accept, therefore, that the occupation of the Palestinian territories will never end until the U.S. stops arming and funding the Jewish state?
“Certainly the United States is complicit, but it’s not to say … that Israel is the only party at fault,” he tells me. However, he adds, “in terms of Israeli-Palestinian relations the United States has got to play a much more even-handed role. Clearly that is not the case right now.”
Would he, therefore, ever consider voting to reduce U.S. aid to Israel — worth at least $3bn per annum — or U.S. arms sales to the Israeli military?
“The U.S. funding plays a very important role, and I would love to see people in the Middle East sit down with the United States government and figure out how U.S. aid can bring people together, not just result in an arms war in that area. So I think there is extraordinary potential for the United States to help the Palestinian people rebuild Gaza and other areas. At the same time, demand that Israel, in their own interests in a way, work with other countries on environmental issues.” He then, finally, answers my question: “So the answer is yes.”
It’s one thing to argue that the United States should end aid to Israel in order to prevent administrations that are hostile to the Jewish state from strong-arming the country into actions that would undermine it, or to argue that Israel simply doesn’t need it. Those are understandable positions. But Sanders’ comments are coming from a place of malice toward Israel since he’s embracing the lie that Israel is “occupying” West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
How can Israel be occupying the Gaza Strip when in 2005 they allowed the people of Gaza to have their own democratic elections, which ultimately resulted in the terror group Hamas rising to power? How can Israel be occupying the West Bank – which should be referred to as Judaea and Samaria – when they have a legal right to that land?
Unfortunately, such anti-Israel sentiments are par for the course for the wild-eyed lunatic socialist. For instance, last year Sanders claimed that Israel had killed 10,000 people in Gaza in the 2014 conflict, which is laughably false. Sanders’ campaign featured anti-Israel aides and allies and he is pro-Iran deal.
The fact remains that Israel is a crucial ally to America. The Jewish state is essentially America’s first line of defense in the Middle East against Islamic terror groups. Israel’s enemies are our enemies, which is why they have provided America with important intelligence and “technical know-how in defending against terrorist attacks.” The world, especially America, should be grateful for Israel knocking out Saddam Hussein’s Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981 and Bashar al-Assad’s nuclear reactor that was in the process of being built in 2007.
And yet Sanders thinks that Israel deserves scorn and derision. God help us if he is ever elected president.