US presidential candidate Sanders calls Israel’s government ‘racist’

Source: US presidential candidate Sanders calls Israel’s government ‘racist’

Democratic senator – who is Jewish – says he is ‘100% pro-Israel’ but Netanyahu’s right-wing government mistreats the Palestinian population and US policy in the Middle East should be ‘on a level-playing-field’ basis
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is standing by his criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the US goal in the Middle East must be to try to bring people together and “not just support one country, which is now run by a right-wing, dare I say, racist government.”Sanders, who is Jewish, said Monday at a CNN town hall in New Hampshire that he believes the United States should “deal with the Middle East on a level-playing-field basis,” and not express support for just one country.

The senator from Vermont says he is “not anti-Israel” – nor does he oppose sending military aid to the Jewish State – but feels Netanyahu’s policies don’t help to advance peace.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (Photo: AFP)

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (Photo: AFP)

“As a young man I spent a number of months in Israel, worked on a Kibbutz for while, I have family in Israel, I am not anti-Israel but the fact of the matter is that Netanyahu is a right-wing politician who I think is treating the Palestinian people extremely unfairly,” Sanders said as the audience erupted in applause and cheers.

Sanders then added that he is “100% pro-Israel” and that the country has “every right in the world to exist and to exist in peace and security and not be subjected to terrorists’ attacks.”

 

 

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2 Comments on “US presidential candidate Sanders calls Israel’s government ‘racist’”

  1. New Yirk Tomes Says:

    Bernie is a self-loathing, shape- and color-changing cephalopod. He and most of diaspora Reform want Israel to use protective mimicry so we don’t have an enemy in the world because we surrender at the drop of a hat. Depending upon the kindness of strangers has worked out great since 70 CE, Yes? Bernie loves to cite his time as a kibbutznik to PROVE that he is a Zionist (and get that all-important Boca Raton vote). On Bernie’s kibbutz, they sang this song every morning in Hebrew, as the sun rose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sh4kz_zhyo If he denies this, he is a liar.

    • Peter Hofman Says:

      After college, in 1963, Sanders lived and worked for a number of months in an Israeli kibbutz known as Kibbutz Sha’ar Ha’amakim (KSH), which was co-founded by Aharon Cohen, an Arabist who was a harsh critic of Israeli policy and was arrested for spying for the Soviet Union in the 1950s. The founders of KSH referred to Joseph Stalin as the “Sun of the Nations,” and a red flag was flown at outdoor events held at the kibbutz. Sanders stayed at KSH as a guest of the Zionist-Marxist youth movement Hashomer Hatzair (HH), which pledged its allegiance to the Soviet Union; some left-wing groups described HH as Leninist and even Stalinist. HH made it plain that its cooperation with Zionists was a temporary expedient designed to help pave the way for a socialist revolution; that it viewed Israel’s independence as a transitional phase in the development of a bi-national socialist state which would ultimately end Israel’s existence as a Jewish entity.

      https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individuals/bernie-sanders/


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