As JTA reported , the presidential candidate of the Democratic party, Bernie Sanders deserves a round of applause at the annual conference of J Street, when he said that part of the money that Israel receives from the United States for help in defence, should go to humanitarian aid in the Gaza strip.
The liberal Jewish middle East policy group with one of the themes of the conference this year wants to put pressure on the candidates-Democrats, whether they are demanding that Israel halt settlement expansion as a condition of receiving US aid.
Among the five candidates who spoke personally at the conference, Sanders, a Jewish Senator from Vermont, was the strongest advocate pressure on Israel. Others who played live in the conference center, was Sensi Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota and Michael Bennet of Colorado; Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South bend, Indiana; and former Minister of housing USA Julian Castro.
“I would use the leverage of 3.8 billion dollars is a lot of money and we cannot give it carte Blanche to the government of Israel or any government,” said Sanders.
To the question about how he will solve the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip, which is under the control of the terrorist group Hamas, Sanders said, “My decision is, say, Israel, if you want military assistance, you are going to radically change your relationship with the people of Gaza. I would say that some of these 3.8 billion dollars needs to go right now for humanitarian aid in Gaza.
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