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Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are backing a resolution that targets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s annexation election pledge

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On June 6, five Democratic Senators introduced a resolution denouncing Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign pledge to annex the West Bank. Two of those Senators, Vermont’s Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren, are currently running for the Democratic nomination for president.

The resolution was introduced by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley. In addition to Warren and Sanders, he was also joined by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

The resolution regurgitates a number of platitudes typically associated with “The Peace Process”: there’s an embrace of former United States administrations, calls for a two-state solution, and a reference to Israel’s “unbreakable bond” with the U.S. However, it also takes aim at Netanyahu’s vow to annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Days before Israel’s April 9th election, Netanyahu told Israeli Channel 12 TV, “I will impose sovereignty, but I will not distinguish between settlement blocs and isolated settlements. From my perspective, any point of settlement is Israeli, and we have responsibility, as the Israeli government. I will not uproot anyone, and I will not transfer sovereignty to the Palestinians.” The resolution declares that “Israeli annexation of territory in the West Bank would undermine peace and Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state.”

“The United States needs to be an honest broker in the Middle East,” said Bernie Sanders in a statement, “We need to defend Israel’s right to live in peace and security, while at the same time, end the occupation and protect Palestinians’ right to security and self-determination. I am proud to cosponsor this resolution to make clear that a two-state solution based on international law remains the best path to achieving a just and lasting peace, and is firmly in the interest of the United States.”

On June 8, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told The New York Times that Israel has the right to annex portions of the West Bank. However, an anonymous U.S. official told Reuters that, “no plan for unilateral annexation by Israel of any portion of the West Bank has been presented by Israel to the U.S., nor is it under discussion.”

Netanyahu proved victorious in April but was unable to form a governing coalition, so the country will hold a second election in September.

Michael Arria

Michael Arria is the U.S. correspondent for Mondoweiss.

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  1. Citizen on June 12, 2019, 2:44 pm

    Does one have to be a Chomsky or Finklestein to see this is all BS?

    • 1SSChamp on June 15, 2019, 4:47 pm

      Both Chomsky and Finkelstein have always been supporters of the so-called two state solution and hence, are liberal Zionists.

      • Citizen on June 16, 2019, 8:46 am

        Do they support a Palestinian state having an army, navy, air force and a free economy?

      • echinococcus on June 16, 2019, 11:47 am

        ISS Champ,

        Some partisans of the so-called 2-state solution are Zionists, trying to give invaders some pirates’ “rights” to remain squatting in Palestine.
        Some are enemiies of the Zionists, hoping ffor a compromise.
        Some others use it as delaying tactics during which to compete the Palestinians’genocide.

        Now, some “1-state” partisans are Zionists oe their helpers, who want to create equal rights for invaders in a “single state” based on the fiction of “equal rights” to the not yet emancipated slave and his master. As long as the one state is not Palestine.

      • 1SSChamp on July 5, 2019, 3:36 pm

        Citizen, I’ve not come across any comments by either Chomsky or Finkelstein specifically addressing the issue of the hypothetical State of Palestine having armed forces and a free economy within the context of the mythical 2SS. I could hazard an educated guess that both of them would agree to those two conditions on principle although it is ludicrous to believe that such an outcome is even possible given the utter impossibility of achieving a 2SS given current conditions and the asymmetrical balance of forces.

  2. JWalters on June 12, 2019, 9:58 pm

    My thanks to these senators for putting this conversation on the table. The resistance of the war profiteering banksters is enormous, keeping most players mired in cautious fear. But step by step it’s being pushed back. At some point a tipping point will be reached, and the whole sordid story will come pouring into public awareness. The sooner the better.

  3. JWalters on June 13, 2019, 2:12 am

    I’m wondering when Bernie is going to speak up for Corbyn in Britain. We have the US Secretary of State saying he’ll meddle in British elections against Corbyn (for the Israelis, obviously). “Pompeo’s Vow to ‘Push Back’ Against Corbyn”

    • Citizen on June 16, 2019, 8:50 am

      Not likely, I fear. Bernie needs to be kicked more by his base for that to happen.

  4. Kay24 on June 13, 2019, 5:41 am

    Trump and Kushner, will somehow make sure they hand over the West Bank to Netanyahu, too.

    Just like they bypassed Congress, and are sending Bin Laden, the killer of civilians in Yemen, weapons worth 8 billion dollars

    Somehow it is hard to visualize the rest of Congress, who lurk in the pockets of AIPAC, voting for this.

    • Misterioso on June 13, 2019, 9:34 am


      “Just like they bypassed Congress, and are sending Bin Laden, the killer of civilians in Yemen….”

      I’m sure you meant to refer to the murderous, monstrous, man-child, psycho, MbS, i.e., Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman.

      • Kay24 on June 13, 2019, 5:54 pm

        Ooops yes, you are right. :))

      • maewhite on June 14, 2019, 5:29 am

        Where do you source this bs about Israel sending Bin Laden weapons worth 8 billion dollars??
        Can u plse share the source?

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