Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders came out swinging against the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel in an interview with Al Jazeera which aired on Wednesday.
I asked @SenSanders about Palestine, the BDS movement targeting Israel, and whether he supports a one state solution pic.twitter.com/xOQmxMelFp— Dena Takruri (@Dena) May 3, 2017
Al Jazeera senior presenter Dena Takruri pushed Sanders on the fact that he added his signature (along with every other senator) to a letter to the United Nations secretary general accusing the institution of bias against Israel and denouncing BDS.
Sanders said he doesn’t accept BDS as a way for Palestinians to pressure Israel to comply with international law.
“No, I’m not a supporter of that,” he told Takruri.
“I mean, look, I respect people who do what they want to do. But I think our job as a nation is to do everything humanly possible to bring Israel and the Palestinians and the entire Middle East — to the degree that we can — together.”
Sanders called for a more even-handed approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and called into question supplying “endless amounts of money, of military support to Israel.”
He said a one-state solution to the conflict would spell peril for Israel. “I support Israel’s right to exist.”