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Sun Apr 17, 2016, 12:06 PM

On Israel, Sanders Is Right (And Clinton Knows It)


What a surprise to hear a Jewish candidate for president speak so courageously about the country where he worked on a kibbutz as a young man.

The most significant moment of the Democratic primary debate in Brooklyn -- and perhaps any presidential debate this season -- came when Bernie Sanders challenged Hillary Clinton over her refusal to criticize Israel's excessive use of force against the Palestinians in Gaza. For the first time in memory, a major American political figure insisted publicly that the Jewish state and its leaders are "not always right" -- and that in attempting to suppress terrorism, they had killed and injured far too many blameless human beings.

Asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about his judgment that Israel's military response to attacks from Gaza in 2014 was "disproportionate and led to the unnecessary loss of innocent life," the Vermont Senator answered firmly: "Yeah, I do believe that." He mentioned that many other nations, including longtime allies of Israel, had denounced the atrocities in Gaza, along with human rights organizations around the world.

Having reiterated that he supports Israel as our ally -- with every right to self-defense -- Sanders said that "in the long run, if we are ever going to bring peace to that region which has seen so much hatred and so much war, we are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity."

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GoneFishin Apr 2016 #1

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Sun Apr 17, 2016, 01:13 PM

1. There's no money in it for her if she gives equal weight to Palestinians' suffering.

And she would probably be snubbed by right leaning Israeli donors. The fact that Bernie knows he is correct is good enough for him, lobbyist dollars be damned.

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