Echoing the sentiments of anti-Semitic Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, on Friday 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders maligned Israel’s government as “extreme right-wing” and argued that America’s foreign policy should not be so “pro-Israel.”
Speaking on “Pod Save America,” the same far-left podcast on which Omar trashed America as a veritable hellhole during an appearance last December, Sanders trashed Israel from top to bottom.
“Absolutely,” he replied when asked by the host whether he’d consider using the foreign aid America provides Israel as “leverage to get the Israeli government to act differently.”
“I mean, we are giving large sums of money,” he added.
Apparently, just like Omar, Sanders also believes “it’s all about the benjamins” …
Listen to the relevant portion of the podcast below:
“Look … I lived in Israel, I have family in Israel, I am Jewish, I am not anti-Israel,” the 2020 contender continued. “I believe that the people of Israel have absolutely the right to live in peace, independence, and security. End of discussion, that is what I fervently believe.”
And yet …
“But I think what has happened is in recent years under Netanyahu, you have an extreme right-wing government with many racist tendencies. The role of the United States — and this is not easy, you know, believe me, Clinton tried it, Obama tried it, Jimmy Carter tried it — is to finally bring peace to the Middle East and to treat the Palestinian people with a kind of respect and dignity they deserve.”
“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.”
First, Sanders provided no evidence to back up his assertion that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is running an “extreme” and “racist” administration. All he attempted to cite was the alleged mistreatment of the Palestinian people. And he did so without noting the Palestinian people’s disturbing affinity for terrorism and repeat calls for terrorist violence.
Second, the Trump administration has and continues to work with a number of other countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, both of whom have proven to be reliable allies in the U.S.’s mission to tame Iran and prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.
While in Saudi Arabia last month for a meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the duo of countries as “two great allies in the challenge that Iran presents” and unveiled plans to “build out a global coalition, a coalition not only throughout the Gulf states but in Asia and in Europe that understands this challenge and that is prepared to push back against the world’s largest state sponsor of terror.”
Continuing his diatribe Friday on “Pod Save America,” the Vermont senator made it clear that he’s aware of the Trump administration’s relationship with Saudi Arabia but doesn’t like it.
“Saudi Arabia is a vicious, ugly dictatorship. That’s what it is. You got to call it out. That’s what it is. They do not tolerate dissent, they treat women like third-class citizens and yet they have been our ‘wonderful allies,'” he said in frustration.
While that’s true, Saudi Arabia is far less of a national security threat than the Palestinians and the Iranians, the latter of whom have been orchestrating terrorism against the U.S. for decades — and some of it with money provided to it by former Democrat President Barack Hussein Obama.
“So what we need to do is not say we’re 100 percent pro-Israel, we’re 100 percent pro-Saudi Arabia, we hate Iran, we hate the Palestinians. That is not the role that the United States of America should be playing. We got to bring people together and say, you know what, we’re spending a whole lot of money. Not only in aid to Israel and Egypt. We have spent trillions of dollars on the war on terror.”
In other words, the U.S. should:
- Stop pushing back on the Islamic terrorism being carried out by the Palestinians and Iranians
- Stop providing aid to those nations who have helped America push back on terrorism.
- Stop spending any money on the war on terrorism, period.
- And instead sit around in a campfire circle and sing “Kumbaya.”
The plan sounds so realistic …
One can only imagine what former Secretary of Defense Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis would have thought about this plan …
Sanders’ ideas sound inordinately naive — so much so that even former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who defeated the Vermont senator in the 2016 Democrat presidential primary elections — has previously complained about his childish mindset.
“Hillary Clinton and her staffers are hitting Bernie Sanders hard and often, with Clinton hammering his views on foreign policy from the stump while aides work the phones to portray Sanders as a foreign policy neophyte with dovish views that would render him unelectable regardless of which Republican wins the GOP nomination,” Foreign Policy magazine reported during the height of the primaries three years ago.
“I can safely predict that Republicans would love to have a debate with someone who thinks we should move quickly to warmer relations with a major sponsor of terrorism like Iran,” the Clinton campaign’s national press secretary, Brian Fallon, said dismissively at the time.
His views are childish — if not also inordinately anti-Semitic.
Granted, Clinton is the same former Obama administration official who helped to negotiate the administration’s disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, so it’s not like she has much room to talk.
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