Bernie Sanders Says He Would Leverage U.S. Aid Against Netanyahu’s ‘Racist’ Government

Speaking on a popular podcast, Bernie Sanders says U.S. policy cannot be ‘100 percent pro-Israel’ and compared Israel to Saudi Arabia

Jul 28, 2019

Democratic presidential hopeful and Senator Bernie Sanders said Thursday that he supports leveraging U.S. aid to pressure the Israeli government and that the U.S. cannot be “pro-Israel, pro-Israel, pro-Israel.”

Speaking on the popular podcast, “Pod Save America,” Sanders was asked about his vocal criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and whether he would consider using U.S. aid to Israel as leverage to get the Israeli government to act differently. “Absolutely,” Sanders said.

“In recent years under Netanyahu, you have an extreme right-wing government with many racist tendencies,” he said.