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Published 16 April 2019

“I think it is certainly on the table. I think it’s something that can be discussed,” New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Sunday

U.S. congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) sat down for an interview with Yahoo's Skullduggery podcast on Sunday to discuss a number of topics, including the military aid to Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu's annexation promise. 

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AOC told the podcast that she is in favor of cutting military and economic aid to Israel as a means to combat Netanyahu's pledge to annex settlements in the West Bank. 

“I think it is certainly on the table. I think it’s something that can be discussed,” she told the podcast.

During an interview with Israel's Channel 12, Netanyahu said, "I will impose sovereignty, but I will not distinguish between settlement blocs and isolated settlements," he continued, The Associated Press reported. "From my perspective, any point of settlement is Israeli, and we have responsibility, as the Israeli government. I will not uproot anyone, and I will not transfer sovereignty to the Palestinians."

In response to these comments, the congresswoman likened the Israeli Prime Minister to an "authoritarian, Trump-like figure."

“I think these are part of conversations we are having in our caucus, but I think what we are really seeing is an ascent of authoritarianism across the world,” she continued.

AOC added that a new bill proposed by Minnesota congresswoman Betty McCollum would prohibit aid from being used by the Israeli authorities to detain Palestinian minors. ​​​​​​​


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