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Earlier this week, NPR host Diane Rehm asked Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is competing for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, whether he is an Israeli-American dual citizen (he isn't). What was less noticed was the dialogue between Rehm and Sanders afterward, where they discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
But clearly the goals are two-fold: number one the Palestinian people, in my view, deserve a state of their own, they deserve an economy of their own, they deserve economic support from the people of this country. And Israel needs to be able to live in security without terrorist attacks. Those are the goals of I think any sensible foreign policy in that region.
Well, I gotta tell you, I am not a great fan of President Netanyahu I did not attend the speech that he gave before the joint session of Congress. I think it was opportunistic. I think he was using it as part of his campaign for re-election. I think he was being used or did use the Republicans to go behind the President's back.
originally posted by: intrepid
And why do they keep asking him about Israel? They found one thing that would likely piss off a lot of Americans? And I thought this was an AMERICAN election. Well he's nailed his coffin shut now.
originally posted by: buster2010
Also he is Jewish so everyone automatically thinks he should be a big supporter of everything Israel does.
If Bernie keeps talking like this he may as well drop out now.
originally posted by: Metallicus
They have too much (foreign) money and are the choice of the Democratic elite.
Sanders did not call for ending the sizable diplomatic, military and economic support that Israel receives from the United States. He didn't match the position of his brother, Larry Sanders, who ran for Parliament in Britain under the Green Party ticket in calling for boycotts against Israel.
originally posted by: seagull
I really don't care what his view on Benny are. Don't care. Israel is not my country, nor is it the one you supposedly want to be elected President in.
How about answering questions, or proposing ideas to improve this country? Y'know, infrastructure? Our borders? ...and a whole big ol' host of other issues that need addressing.
Israel, while important, is pretty far down on the list of things I'm bothered about.
But, don't worry Berny, Israel's the be all, end all, in American politics these days. So parrot whatever you think we want to hear, and roll on.
It's gotten to where if you run for President now your views towards Israel is more important than America
originally posted by: Flatfish
a reply to: intrepid
It's my understanding that he's only "Jewish" by birth because his parents were Jewish, but in reality he doesn't actively practice any faith to any significant degree.
In other words, to my knowledge he's not someone who's overly concerned with attending religious services on Sunday's etc. and he definitely believes in the separation of Church and State.
While I have serious doubts with respect to his electability, if he gets the nomination he's got my vote all the way.
I don't think you're going to find a more honest politician than Bernie Sanders in this day & time and I believe him to be a man of his convictions.
Does he have the required voter appeal to become POTUS? Now that's a whole nuther question.