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  2. >”But the idea that a member of the United States Congress cannot visit a nation which by the way we support to the tune of billions and billions of dollars is clearly an outrage,” Sanders said. “And if Israel doesn’t want members of the United States Congress to visit their country to get a firsthand look at what’s going on—and I’ve been there many, many times—**but if he doesn’t want members to visit, maybe [Netanyahu] can respectfully decline the billions of dollars that we give to Israel.”**


  3. [AOC on Bernie’s comments](

    > One thing that is completely undeniable about Bernie Sanders is the enormous political courage he consistently wields on behalf of others.
    > This statement is a big deal. He’s not just standing up for two members – he’s standing for the integrity of the entire US Congress.

    Edit: [He also said the same in 2015, that he would consider using the $3.8 billion of military aid given to Israel each year by the U.S. as leverage to demand talks to secure political rights for Palestinians](

  4. > Sanders said, if elected president in 2020, he would “be willing to bring real pressure to bear on both sides, **including conditioning military aid, to create consequences for moves that undermine the chances for peace**.”

    That was a month ago.

    Bernie isn’t just spewing catchy phrases on current topics to gain support. He believes this and he’s been arguing it for a long time.


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