Bernie Sanders forces vote to cut aid to Israel – here’s what happened

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was thoroughly rejected late Tuesday when he forced a vote to cut aid to Israel.

Taking advantage of a decades-old law that would require the State Department to produce a report within 30 days on whether the Israeli war effort in Gaza is violating human rights and international accords, Sanders pushed a resolution that could have potentially limited U.S. military aid to Israel as its war on the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas grinds past 100 days, WBFF Fox45 reported.

The resolution was rejected, with 72 senators opposing and 11 joining with Sanders.

“To my mind, Israel has the absolute right to defend itself from Hamas’ barbaric terrorist attack on October 7, no question about that,” Sanders told the Associated Press ahead of the vote.

“But what Israel does not have a right to do — using military assistance from the United States — does not have the right to go to war against the entire Palestinian people,” he added. “And in my view, that’s what has been happening.”

He also tweeted: “The Senate will soon vote on my resolution directing the State Department to report on any human rights violations that may have occurred using U.S. equipment in the Israeli military campaign in Gaza. It should not be controversial to ask how U.S. weapons are used. We should all want this information. If you believe the war has been indiscriminate, as I do, then we must ask this question. If you believe Israel has done nothing wrong, then this information should support that belief.”

Of course, Sanders may want to be careful about inquiring over the use of U.S. weapons, given the state of affairs in Ukraine.

The Biden White House dismissed Sanders’ effort as “unworkable”

“We do not believe that this resolution is the right vehicle to address these issues. And we don’t think now is the right time. It’s unworkable, quite frankly,” National Security Council’s John Kirby said in a statement.

“The Israelis have indicated they are preparing to transition their operations to a much lower intensity. And we believe that transition will be helpful both in terms of reducing civilian casualties, as well as increasing humanitarian assistance,” he added.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, called the resolution “counterproductive” in an attempt to table the measure.

Tom Tillison

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