Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders joined four House Democrats on Tuesday in calling for the United States to cut or withhold aid from Israel if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu carries out his plan to annex parts of the West Bank or enacts policies to facilitate an eventual annexation, according to a source familiar with the matter.
On the eve of proposed annexation of Judea and Samaria by Israel, the pro-Muslim contingent of lawmakers in Washington have slithered out of the darkness to rasp and hiss. “Cut their funding!” is the cry of these anti-Israel Progressives, “free Palestine!” is their mantra. They stand in opposition to the Constitutional republic of the United States of America, and they stand against the holy city of God and His chosen people, as well.
“Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.” Psalm 129:5 (KJB)
Failed 2020 presidential candidate Socialist Bernie Sanders has added his name to a letter conceived in the fever dream brain of AOC that calls for aid to Israel to be slashed if they dare to go ahead with annexation of Judea and Samaria on July 1st as Netanyahu has said for almost a year now. How pathetic and pitiful are the enemies of God, and their deluded ramblings will not stop or even slow down what God has decreed will come to pass. Hey AOC, I stand with the Jews and I stand with the sovereign nation of Israel. Take your best shot.
Socialist Bernie Sanders signs anti-semitic AOC letter calling for aid cuts if Israel annexes in Judea and Samaria
FROM TIMES OF ISRAEL: A new letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges the reductions to the $3.8 billion in annual American assistance to Israel if Jerusalem moves to unilaterally extend its sovereignty to West Bank territory.
The letter was orchestrated by the progressive powerhouse Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and has thus far also been signed by Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Washington state Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum.
Bernie Sanders’s signature adds new weight to the missive as Ocasio-Cortez continues to circulate it among liberal lawmakers on Capitol Hill, in an effort to gain more supporters.
“Should the Israeli government move forward with the planned annexation with this administration’s acquiescence, we will work to ensure non-recognition as well as pursue conditions on the $3.8 billion in U.S. military funding to Israel, including human rights conditions and withholding funds for the off-shore procurement of Israeli weapons equal to or exceeding the amount the Israeli government spends annually to fund settlements, as well as the policies and practices that sustain and enable them,” a draft of the letter says, according to a copy obtained by Jewish Insider.
The current level of US military assistance to the Jewish state was solidified in a 2016 memorandum of understanding between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government — roughly $38 billion over 10 years.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) launched a campaign against the letter Tuesday, tweeting that it “explicitly threatens the US-Israel relationship in ways that would damage American interests, risk the security of Israel & make a two-state solution less likely.”
While the powerful pro-Israel lobby has eschewed taking a public position on annexation, it has told members of Congress that it has no objection to them criticizing Netanyahu’s plans, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. At the same time, it has implored legislators not to demand any changes to the US-Israel relationship even if Israel moves forward with the proposal.
Netanyahu has said he plans to launch the process to annex parts of the West Bank as early as July 1, potentially applying Israeli law to all of the settlements and the entire Jordan Valley, the roughly 30 percent of the West Bank allocated to Israel under the Trump plan, which theoretically envisions a Palestinian state in the remaining territory with land swaps.
On Thursday, 191 Democratic House members sent Netanyahu a letter imploring him to halt his plans. The missive, orchestrated by Florida Rep. Ted Deutch and Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider — two of the most pro-Israel Democrats in Congress — argued it would damage prospects for peace and Israel’s ties with America.
That followed a similar letter to the premier and Gantz in May from 19 Senate Democrats, which was watered down after pressure from pro-Israel advocates and more hawkish Democrats to avoid the implication that US military assistance could be impacted.
Republicans have taken a decidedly different approach. Last week, a majority of GOP House members sent a letter to Netanyahu saying they stood behind his proposal to annex West Bank territory.
“Israel has the right to make sovereign decisions independent of outside pressure,” the legislators wrote, offering “support for you as you make such decisions in your capacity as Israel’s democratically-elected prime minister.” READ MORE
Bernie Sanders And AOC Attack Israel
Democrats are circulating a letter demanding that the U.S. cut assistance to Israel if it proceeds with its sovereignty plan. The letter was signed by Bernie Sanders, AOC and others.
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