Bernie Sanders says he’d consider cutting aid to Israel to change their behavior

Bernie Sanders said in an interview that he would consider cutting aid to Israel in order to coerce them into behaving differently to the Palestinians:

Here’s more via Free Beacon:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said that he would “absolutely” consider cutting aid to Israel during a Friday interview with left-wing podcast Pod Save America.

Sanders clarified his position, saying he would use the funding as a bargaining chip to pressure the Israeli government to behave differently toward its Middle Eastern neighbors.

“This is not easy stuff—to try to finally bring peace to the Middle East and to treat the Palestinian people with a kind of respect and dignity they deserve,” he told host Jon Favreau. “Our policy cannot just be pro-Israel, pro-Israel, pro-Israel. It has got to be pro-region working with all of the people, all of the countries in that area.”

Sanders added that he is “pro-Israel” and that he believes “the people of Israel have absolutely the right to live in peace, independence, and security.” At the same time, however, he expressed disagreement with current Israel’s policies under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“I think what has happened is in recent years under Netanyahu, you have an extreme right-wing government with many racist tendencies,” Sanders said.

Under his presidency, Sanders said, he would abandon strong support for Israel and would instead force leaders in the Middle East to compromise their interests under United States’s leadership.

“We have spent trillions of dollars on the war on terror, and I, as president, would like to sit down in a room with the leadership of Saudi Arabia, with the leadership of Iran, with the leadership of the Palestinians, with the leadership of Israel and hammer out some damn agreements, which will try to end the conflicts that exist there forever,” Sanders said.

This is especially bothersome because Israel is the ONLY one in the region who actually wants peace. The Palestinians don’t want peace. Hamas doesn’t want peace. Hezbollah doesn’t want peace. They all want the Jews annihilated and Jerusalem to be their home.

But hey let’s cut aid to Israel and force them to accept a ‘peace’ agreement that would compromise their security with people who won’t even admit their right to exist in the state of Israel.

“From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free…”

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56 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders says he’d consider cutting aid to Israel to change their behavior

  1. Just watch to see how many American Jews still vote for ol’ Bernie saying that he would consider cutting aid to Israel if he gets the Dims’ nomination. It seems American Jews vote Democrat all the time.

  2. I’m tired of self-loathing Jews. As a Jew, there’s been no better supporters of Jews than Republicans (not always the case) and no better supporter than this President. I don’t let Israel rule my decision making. I’m an American first. I don’t mind Jews with a contrary opinion. I’m just tired of contrary Jews. There’s a difference and this can frankly be said for everyone.

    1. This is also an issue that bothers me a lot…..this self-loathing to gain some kind of acceptance or sympathy by betraying his own people.

  3. I guess Bernie thinks it’s time to go all out and show he is a racist, antisemite Communist.

  4. Good ol’ Bernie.

    Israel is evil
    Trump is evil
    I was for that 1994 Crime bill before I was against it
    Raise your taxes
    No more student debt
    (….where there will be a free lap dance after the 5th cocktail….)

  5. LOL. Like he’s actually do that if elected. This is jus Bernie trying to out left the progressive flank in the primaries.

  6. Notice that when Bernie said “he would use the funding as a bargaining chip to pressure the Israeli government to behave differently toward its Middle Eastern neighbors,” stating as justification Netanyahu’s “extreme right-wing government with many racist tendencies,” he never mentioned using any “bargaining chip” against the Palestinians for any “extreme” positions they might hold.


  7. Our only truly eastern ally he wants them busted until Bernie has them on their knees begging for help.Bernie if you are elected I dare you to try. Israel has always had a way of solving their problems.Ask all of those Collaborators against the Israel people during WW11.Bernie you are just a little fly on a big turd.

  8. But, but, but, but….. Bernie is trying to play both sides yet his Antisemitism gets in the way thus all the buts. He doesn’t support Israel any more than the 4 Squats in the U S Congress. Good thing old Bern will never see the Oval Office unless Trump invites him in for a tour.

  9. One of my favorite aspects of Trump’s presidency is how it delights Netanyahu. One can only imagine how quickly that would change were another anti-Semite elected. Especially a BS anti-Semite.

    1. BN may be the smartest world leader alive today. I disagree with much of what his government does in response to Muslim aggression, but there can be no doubt he is an Israel-firster.

  10. Bernie Sanders is in a mental hole and doesn’t stop digging.
    Behaving differently to the Palestinians? I couldn’t believe he said that!
    Why doesn’t he behave differently to his staff and pays what he promised?

  11. You can tell Trump’s pro-Israel stance has really got under the skin of the Dems. We’ve always known the vast majority of them were closet anti-Semites. All Trump has done is smoked them out into the open & admitting it for all to see now.

  12. Right, this is the type of behavior (otherwise known as self defense) Bernie wants to prevent:

    His inability to put 2 and 2 together extends well beyond socialism:

    “A guy named Adolf Hitler won an election in 1932. He won an election, and 50 million people died as a result of that election in World War II, including 6 million Jews. So what I learned as a little kid is that politics is, in fact, very important.” (In the 1940s many of Sanders’s relatives in German-occupied Poland were murdered in the Holocaust, including his uncle Abraham Schnützer in 1942.)

    1. Did Sanders really say Hitler won an election? On the contrary, he lost. He got into government
      by being APPOINTED, not elected.

    1. Great idea. Ben Franklin said, in effect, that charity only helps those who become independent of it. Handouts, both here and overseas, do nothing but waste taxpayer money.

  13. Here’s what infuriates me about Bernie: He never considers the negative impact of where the money comes from. He only thinks about what he can do with it, how he can dole it out, or hold it back, to get what he wants. Taxpayers? Eff them, they don’t deserve money, the poors and schlubs, greedy bastards one and all.

    Israel? I have some major issues with the government of Israel. Jews? Capital people. But if Bernie wanted to truly reduce violence in the Middle East, here’s an idea: Stop Funding Terrorist-Supporting Nations. Holy crap, brilliant, I know. And this doesn’t just include Saudi Arabia. It’s all of the Middle Eastern nations, including Israel.

    Yes, yes, I know, mustn’t hurt the Precious, (Gollum), but Israel is as guilty of funding terrorist organizations in the Middle East as, say, Barack Obama’s White House was with ISIS re: Iraq and Donald Trump’s White House is with Saudi Arabia re: Yemen.

    In short, Bernie is right for the wrong reasons. He’s pandering to the Democrat base of Jew-haters while ignoring the atrocities of the other Jew-haters.

    1. Israel is guilty of pragmatism. Funding this or that, from what I’ve garnered, was purely being pragmatic. The enemy of my enemy is my friend type thing. When you’re that small, with so many enemies, not everything is going to be pretty. Survival, in the end, never is or will be.

  14. Bernie looks like he just crawled out from under a bridge. I hear that he might be primaried by one of the Billy Goats Gruff.

    1. Morning Doc, not sure if you know but the Bernster was kicked off a commune back in the 70’s for being too lazy even for the hippies. Now that’s saying something no?

    1. Bernie was kickied out of a commune when he was younger due to…
      Wait for it…
      BEING LAZY! All he wanted to do was sit around and talk politics, he never wanted to work for his keep.

  15. Awsome Bernie- let’s bring God’s wrath down on the nation even more all because you can’t stand Donald Trump and hate that he is recognizing Israel- because we just can’t stand prospering under God’s blessings- brilliant- Let’s turn America into Baltimore- Vote Bernie!

  16. It’s a bloody good thing you will NEVER get that opportunity you lying old senile coot.

  17. Oh right on target you POS commie buzzard! Let’s take the sling from the David in the ME and force him to fight the Goliaths surrounding him who are determined on his destruction – unarmed.

    How can any decent individual support this cockroach? I hear him praised for at least being an “honest” socialist – as if being set on the destruction of our Republic as it stands is okay so long as he is “honest” about it.

  18. Sanders states: ‘the people of Israel have absolutely the right to live in peace, independence, and security.’

    That is — so long as Israel does not actually EXERCISE that right.

  19. Despite what the highly questionable polls say, commie anti semite, Bernie and the rest of the unqualified marxist democrat contenders for POTUS are toast in 2020. There is some speculation that the Wookie will enter the race and she would seriously challenge Trump. Ya think, Trump’s trolling the first gay president and his Wookie side kick is a coincidence?

  20. Sanders is just another sellout to the idiots in congress and the news media. Israel cannot negotiate with the palestinians when the palestinians say all the time they want to wipe Israel off the map.

  21. Let me first concede that Trump is not perfect, and I don’t worship at the alter of Trump, but who in their right mind would trade him for any one of the losers running for President on the Democrat side? You would seriously have to hate this country and have a death wish to make that trade. Anytime I encounter someone wanting to vote for one of these socialists I want to be like Cher in MoonStruck, slap them across the face, and tell them to snap out of it.

  22. I am not worried about any donkeycrats running against President Trump. If these are the best the Democratic party has, they are all group-think buffoons. What I am worried about is Soros and the voting machines at the election. Too paranoid?

    1. No you’re not paranoid. That’s a real possibility and I haven’t seen anything addressed to us about the voting machines.

  23. Bernie will not be POTUS, but people like him should know…

    Israel survived an antisemitic black President, and they will survive a anti semitic Jewish President as well.

  24. How about cutting aid to Americans to change their behavior.

    Start with medicare, welfare, and public education.

  25. The Palestinians have many Muslim countries they can move to. God gave Israel to the Jews. A tiny country! Leave them alone!

  26. Yeah, Bern is like those Democrats in the 1700s who claimed to be doing blacks a favor by “bringing” them to America. For the left, there’s always a positive spin to tryanny.

    Anyone with a functioning brain knows that exactly one thing, just one, is all that we need to achieve peace in the Middle East: stop trying to kill the Jews.

    Bernie, can you get them to stop trying to kill Jews? I might vote for a guy who can do that.

  27. Just a little advice to the bern. He is entering the area where his mouth is starting to write checks his a$$ will be unable to cash.

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