Disagree on Sanders

Disagree on Sanders

Andrew Silow-Carroll refers to Bernie Sanders as “a proud Jew” who “may not be your cup of tea, but he is no outlier” (“Bernie Sanders speaks Zionism to Progressives,” Nov. 14).

I fail to see how Sanders, who referred to Israel’s actions during the 2014 war in Gaza as “disproportionate” and “indiscriminate,” both of which are war crimes, can be described as someone who can “make the case for the achievements and legitimacy of Israel.”

Recently, he advocated reducing American military aid to Israel and instead providing those funds to Hamas. For what, to make more attack missiles?

Earlier this year, Sanders had a carefully produced infomercial, purporting to be a discussion between himself and pro-Palestinian advocates. Among the usual noxious sentiments was a call by one of the panelists for the Right of Return, with nary any rebuttal from Sanders. Is this what you refer to as “framing the Israel-Palestinian conflict”?

Sanders may or may not be a “self-denying” or “self-hating” Jew, but anyone who advocates policies, that if effectuated, would put Israel in mortal danger, is certainly outside the tent.

Elliot Steigman

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