Bernie Sanders blamed the “extremely right wing” Netanyahu government for the conflict escalation between Israel and Hamas terrorists in Gaza, during an interview with “Face the Nation” on CBS.
Sander who wrote an oped last week in “The New York Times” calling the U.S. government to stop being an “apologist for the Netanyahu government,” tried to justify the Hamas attacks on Israel. “We should also understand that, while Hamas firing rockets into Israeli communities is absolutely unacceptable, today’s conflict did not begin with those rockets,” wrote Sanders.
“I think the United States has got to develop an even handed approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said Sanders on “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “We have to be pro-Israel, but we have to be pro-Palestinian.”
“The Netanyahu government has become extremely right wing and that there are people in the Israeli government now who are overt racists,” continued Sanders. “You have in West Jerusalem people being evicted from their homes. Tremendous pressure on people within Israel, the Arab community, as well as Gaza, so 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 that 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.”