US aid to Israel

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin posing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem during a visit in March 2016. (Courtesy of U.S. Senate)

The Netanyahu-Gantz coalition government will be sworn in this week and Netanyahu has made it clear that he intends to move forward with annexation plans this summer. Almost every Democrat opposes the move, but virtually none of them want to even suggest doing anything about it.

Ad place in Boston bus kiosk. By group calling itself Center for Accurate Reporting on Palestine.

Boston has banned ads for Palestine– and other political causes– in transportation sites, and an anonymous group responded by opening many bus station kiosks this week and replacing advertisements for commercial products with “posters explaining that the good people of Boston lose out on social programming, education, and clean energy because $11 million of this city’s taxes go towards buying guns for Israel every single year.”

Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg at the Democratic debate held in Westerville, OH in October 2019. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Major presidential candidates are now supporting conditioning US aid to Israel. Josh Ruebner says it is up to us to support these candidates’ steps in the right direction while at the same time acknowledging that none of them go nearly far enough. “With continued education, determined and strategic organizing and mobilizing, we will get them there,” Ruebner writes.

On Thursday,  by the Wall Street Journal’s Sabrina Siddiqui asked Biden whether he’d consider leveraging aid to Israel to curb settlement expansion. “Not me. Look, I have been on record from very early on opposed to settlements, and I think it’s a mistake,” Biden told the reporter, “And Netanyahu knows my position. But the idea that we would draw military assistance from Israel, on the condition that they change a specific policy, I find it to be absolutely outrageous.”