Interviewed on MSNBC’s All In, Bernie Sanders responded to Israel’s revocation of visas previously issued to Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. He suggested that if Israel does not want US Congresspeople to visit, then perhaps they can also do without the billions in aid the US sends them every year. Referring to Israel’s Netanyahu, Sanders said:
if Israel doesn’t want members of the United States Congress to visit their country, to get a first-hand look at what’s going on, and I have been there many, many times, but if he doesn’t want members to visit maybe he can respectfully decline the billions of dollars that we give to Israel…
This is big time for Sanders to throw down the gantlet: opening the floodgates for reassessing our Israeli-Saudi relationships. As the Washington Post reported, this will rocket through the Democratic Party and force other presidential candidates to clarify their stand on Israel – are they ready to support fellow Congresspeople or will they continue to cravenly support Israel against their own Party Members.