Bernie Sanders Urges USA to Revisit Selling Weapons to Israel
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said on Sunday’s edition of CBS’s Face the Nation that the United States needs to do a better job of being an arbiter of peace and that supplying weapons to one side in regional conflicts serves no purpose other than to perpetuate more violence.
Host John Dickerson pressed Sanders on whether ‘apartheid’ is too controversial of a word to use to describe the recent violent exchanges between the Israeli Defense Force and Hamas in Gaza.
“There are a number of liberals who use the word ‘apartheid’ to describe Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. A number of liberals in the House used that language. The director of the American Jewish Congress, who handled Jewish outreach for your campaign, has said that that word – Joel Rubin – that using that word has increased the level of vitriol that has contributed to this antisemitism. Do you think those who share your view should not use that kind of language?” Dickerson asked Sanders.
“Well I think we should tone down the rhetoric. I think our goal is very simple. It is to understand that what is going on in Gaza today is unsustainable. When you have 70 percent of the young people unemployed, when people cannot leave their community, when hospitals and waste water plants have been destroyed, that is unsustainable. And the job of the United States is to bring people together,” Sanders replied.
“You have a very difficult situation. You have Hamas, a terrorist group. You have a right-wing Israeli government and the situation is getting worse. And all I’m saying is that the United States of America has got to be leading the world in bringing people together, not simply supplying weapons to kill children in Gaza. This last series of attacks killed 64 children, and destroyed a large part of the infrastructure of Gaza in a community that has already been one of the most uninhabitable territories in the world,” Sanders continued.
“Well I think we should tone down the rhetoric. I think our goal is very simple: it is to understand that what’s going on in Gaza today is unsustainable. When you have 70 percent of the young people unemployed, when people cannot leave the community, when hospitals and wastewater plants have been destroyed, that is unsustainable,” Sanders said.