As the nation of Israel faces off with Iran-funded terrorists in Hamas, progressives in the Democratic Party are looking to restrict the foreign aid given to our top Middle Eastern ally.
Among those leading the way is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who recently called for the Biden administration to “take a hard look” at Israel’s foreign aid, Fox News reported.
“It is illegal”
“The devastation in Gaza is unconscionable,” Sanders tweeted Sunday. “We must urge an immediate ceasefire. The killing of Palestinians and Israelis must end. We must also take a hard look at nearly $4 billion a year in military aid to Israel. It is illegal for U.S. aid to support human rights violations.”
This is not the first time that Sanders, who has also stood with notorious anti-Semite activist Linda Sarsour, has suggested that Israel doesn’t respect human rights and called for foreign aid to the country to be reexamined.
During a speech at the J Street organization in October 2019, he said, “My solution is to say to Israel: ‘You get $3.8 billion every year. If you want military aid, you’re going to have to fundamentally change your relationship to the people of Gaza.’ In fact, I think it is fair to say that some of that should go right now into humanitarian aid.”
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) has also called for the Biden administration to take action against Israel.
“In the wake of this crisis, it’s even more important for the United States to draw a harder line with the Israeli government and demand that these settlements and these evictions and these displacements stop,” Murphy said in an interview Friday, according to Politico. “Because the violence will not end, whether we like it or not, if the Palestinians feel like they have no future and no ability to determine their own path.”
Biden’s pro-Palestine stance
Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress have urged the Biden administration to support Israel, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) who called on the Biden administration to help replenish Israel’s stockpile of Iron Dome missiles.
“One of the real challenges Israel faces right now is their Iron Dome missiles,” Cruz said Thursday on Fox News. “The interceptors are taking out these rockets one after the other after the other. I’ll tell you something Joe Biden could do today to show decisive presidential leadership. He could stand up and say we’re going to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missiles.”
“By the way, these missiles never are aimed at people,” the senator continued. “They’re aimed at incoming rockets that are trying to murder innocent civilians. The Biden administration needs to act today to ensure that Israel has an adequate supply of Iron Dome missiles.”
During his presidential campaign, then-candidate Joe Biden vowed to take a much more pro-Palestinian stance than the Trump administration.
“A priority now for the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace should be resuming our dialogue with the Palestinians and pressing Israel not to take actions that make a two-state solution impossible,” he told Israeli media in May 2020. “I will reopen the U.S. consulate in East Jerusalem, find a way to reopen the PLO’s diplomatic mission in Washington, and resume the decades-long economic and security assistance efforts to the Palestinians that the Trump Administration stopped.”