Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) said Sunday on CBS' “Face the Nation” that it would be “irresponsible” for the United States to approve additional aid to Israel for its war against Hamas. Ta.
A partial transcription follows:
MARGARET BRENNAN: Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he feels there is a gap between Israel's stated intentions and reality to limit civilian casualties, and the defense secretary says that when considering civilian casualties, He said it could face a strategic defeat. From your point of view, do you think this is enough criticism from the administration?
SANDERS: Well, that's a start. I think Blinken and Austin are right. What the president is trying to do is tell Prime Minister Netanyahu and his right-wing ultra-extremist government that they can go to war with Hamas, but they cannot go to war against the Palestinian people and cause terrible harm. That's what I'm trying to clarify. To the human life we see now. Margaret, 16,000 people have been killed so far. Palestinians, two-thirds of whom are women and children. We're talking about 1.9 million people being displaced and traveling without water or food. With no medical supplies. It is a humanitarian disaster. And the United States must put all the pressure it can on Prime Minister Netanyahu to end this disastrous military approach.
BRENNAN: Just to be clear, Israel says it has killed 7,000 militants, but it does not say how many civilians it estimates it has killed. The US says it can't tally it up. The numbers you quote there are from the Gaza Ministry of Health. But the bottom line here is, I know you've made it very clear to your colleagues, that the United States should provide more aid to Israel and the Netanyahu government with no strings attached. No, you write, because that would make the US an accomplice. You said, “In an all-out war against innocent men, women, and children who have nothing to do with Hamas.” What do you think the Netanyahu government's intentions are here?
Sanders: It's hard to say. It's hard to say really. Perhaps they are reacting in anger to the horrific Hamas attack that killed 1,200 innocent Israelis. Perhaps right-wing extremists have a goal in mind: to drive the Palestinians out of Gaza completely. But they have now destroyed about half of the housing units in Gaza. Therefore, it is difficult to predict. But I agree with General Austin when he says we can win the battle but lose the war. In terms of how the world views this situation, Israel is losing the war. And I think it would be irresponsible for the United States to give Prime Minister Netanyahu another $10 billion to continue this terrible war.
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