US Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday told the J Street National Conference that the US should regulate military aid to Israel.
J Street, a US left-wing Jewish advocacy group, held a virtual conference featuring a panel of speakers ranging from Israeli party leaders to senior US democrats.
“I strongly believe that we must also be willing to bring real pressure to bear, including restricting US aid, in response to moves by either side that undermine the chances for peace,” Sanders said in his address.
“The truth is that the United States gives an enormous amount of military aid to Israel. It also provides some humanitarian and economic aid to the Palestinians. It is totally appropriate for the United States to say what that aid may and may not be used for,” Sanders added.
“In terms of aid to Israel, in my view, the American people do not want to see that money being used to support policies that violate human rights and treat the Palestinian people as second-class human beings,” he went on to say.
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