'Senator Bernie Sanders says he would “probably not” move the US embassy in Israel back from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
This will disappoint supporters of Palestinian rights and it sends a dangerous signal of encouragement to Israel and its extremist supporters who run US policy in the region.
President Donald Trump recognized Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as its capital and announced the embassy move in December 2017.
This prompted a large majority of countries in the United Nations General Assembly to declare Trump’s action legally “null and void” and to demand that it be “rescinded.”
Ignoring international opinion, the US opened the embassy on 14 May 2018. That same day, Israeli sharpshooters massacred more than 60 Palestinians during unarmed Great March of Return protests in the besieged Gaza Strip.
But Sanders appears ready to let Trump’s illegal action stand.
Sanders was speaking in an interview with journalist Robert Costa at a Washington Post event last week sponsored by Bank of America.
Watch it below.
No clear commitment
Costa asked Sanders if he would move the embassy back. Sanders replied: “Probably not,” adding, “it would be part of a broader discussion of how we bring peace to the region.”
“Israel, 100 percent, must have the right to exist in peace and security, and not be subjected to terrorist attacks,” Sanders said. “Palestinian people also have the right to live in peace and security.”
Sanders made a general commitment to engage in “bringing people together and working out a solution that works for both sides,” but offered no specifics.'
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