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  • U.S. 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the 2019 National Action Network National Convention in New York

    U.S. 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the 2019 National Action Network National Convention in New York | Photo: Reuters

Published 23 April 2019

“I have family in Israel. I am not anti-Israel. But the fact of the matter is that Netanyahu is a right-wing politician who, I think, is treating the Palestinians extremely unfairly.”

U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government in a recent discussion with CNN.

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The presidential hopeful said while he supports Israel's right to exist and considers himself to be pro-Israel, he does not support Netanyahu's policies. “I have family in Israel. I am not anti-Israel. But the fact of the matter is that Netanyahu is a right-wing politician who, I think, is treating the Palestinians extremely unfairly.”

​Senator Sanders said  that Israel is currently run by a “right-wing, racist government."

Sanders then added: “The United States gives billions of dollars in military aid to Israel. I just believe that the US should deal with the Middle East on a level-playing-field basis. In other words, the goal must be to try to bring people together and not just support one country, which is now run by a right-wing and, dare I say, racist government.”

The U.S. Senator from Vermont is hoping to win the nomination for the Democratic Party's candidacy for the upcoming presidential elections in 2020. 


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