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Sanders: I'm Jewish and support Israelis but not racist government in Israel

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 19, 2020
Israel’s government is racist and does not have to be backed by those who support the Israelis and want peace, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said yesterday during a CNN town hall event in Las Vegas.
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The independent Vermont senator took questions from the audience along with fellow contenders for the Democratic nomination Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Topics: Sanders Israel

Sanders, who is currently the front runner in the race, was asked, “How do U.S. Israel relations look under your administration?”

“To be for the Israeli people and to be for peace in the Middle East does not mean that we have to support right wing, racist governments that currently exist in Israel,” Sanders responded, drawing applause from the audience.

Saying he feels “strongly about it as someone who is Jewish and knowing how much our people have suffered over the years,” Sanders added that American foreign policy in the region should be “about bringing the Israelis, bringing the Palestinians together under the banner of justice.”

U.S. policy, he said, “cannot simply be one that we’re just pro Israel and we ignore the needs of the Palestinian people.”