Speaking at a conference Monday hosted by the liberal-leaning Jewish organization J Street, Sen. Bernie Sanders expressed support for leveraging billions of dollars in annual U.S. military aid to stop Israel’s horrific treatment and occupation of the Palestinian people.
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“My solution is to say to Israel: You get $3.8 billion every single year. If you want military aid you’re going to have to fundamentally change your relationship to the people of Gaza,” said Sanders, who is vying to become the first Jewish president in U.S. history.
“In fact,” Sanders added, “I think it is fair to say that some of that $3.8 billion should go right now into humanitarian aid in Gaza.”
The Vermont senator also took aim at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who he said is pursuing a racist and authoritarian agenda.
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