U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) weighed in on Israel’s war against the terrorist group Hamas to say he didn’t believe a ceasefire is possible but that he supports a “pause,” angering leftists who have been demanding nothing less.
Sanders’ position seemed to line up with that of President Joe Biden who has also called for a “pause” rather than a full cease-fire as the conflict heads into its fourth week after Hamas terrorists unleashed an attack on Israel last month. The senator’s reaction to the latest on the war included critical comments on Israel’s bombing of Gaza while also rebuking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“I want to just clarify one thing, Senator, if I might. You support a humanitarian pause in Gaza. Some of your fellow progressives say that there should be a full-on cease-fire, which would require an agreement on both sides to halt the fighting,” CNN host Dana Bash said in an interview with Sanders on “State of the Union” Sunday.
“Do you support a cease-fire? And, if not, why not?” she asked.
“Well, I don’t know how you can have a ceasefire… with an organization like Hamas, which is dedicated to turmoil and chaos and destroying the State of Israel. And I think what the Arab countries in the region understand is that Hamas has got to go.” pic.twitter.com/oGMGdkNpqx
— Eylon Levy (@EylonALevy) November 5, 2023
“Well, I don’t know how you can have a cease-fire, permanent cease-fire, with an organization like Hamas, which is dedicated to turmoil and chaos and destroying the state of Israel,” Sanders replied.
“And I think what the Arab countries in the region understand, is that Hamas has got to go. So what we need right now, the immediate task right now is to end the bombing, to end the horrific humanitarian disaster, to build, go forward with the entire world for a two-tier, two-state solution to the crisis to give the Palestinian people hope,” he added.
During the discussion, Sanders also expressed his hope that Israel would rid itself of Netanyahu, calling the current government there “racist.”
“This is a horrendously complex issue,” he told Bash. “You got a right-wing government in Israel, which is racist. And the people by the way, but the good news is last poll, I saw only 18 percent of the people of Israel want Netanyahu to stay in office. I hope they get rid of him. I hope they put in a government, which understands the severity of the crisis.”
“But there got to be a better way than killing thousands of men, women and children. So once again, the immediate concern is you gotta have a pause in the bombing. You got to take care of immediate disaster,” Sanders added
But it was the senator’s view on a ceasefire that really riled up progressives who took to social media to call him out, including Briahna Joy Gray – the former National Press Secretary for the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign – who declared he was the “Biggest political disappointment of our generation.
He is a sell-out and a letdown.
— The Mr. Lilly Show (@TheMrLillyShow) November 5, 2023
Bernie Sanders categorically REJECTS a ceasefire in Gaza.
Senator Sanders, YOU have the blood of 10,000 Palestinians on your hands!pic.twitter.com/1sDDooQOj7
— Danny Haiphong (@SpiritofHo) November 5, 2023
Sell out he’s the same as the rest
— Siddiqah Mahmood (@umm_hashim) November 5, 2023
Wow! Who’s he sold out to? I wouldn’t have expected that stance from Sanders a few years ago.
— Kiwi Ally ❌❕ (@Elizabe16032179) November 5, 2023
Plenty of others on X mocked Gray and others for their criticism of Sanders.
What is disappointing? The man is legitimately correct on this point! Are you seriously saying that a terrorist organization can be trusted to uphold a ceasefire?
Because there was one in effect from May 13 of this year, broken by Hamas on 10/7
That ceasefire started after…
— Daniel Reid (@danielp_reid) November 5, 2023
No one should care what the old Commie thinks, but what does it say about you that your big disappointment is that he adamantly opposes a Nazi-inspired antisemitic terrrorist group?
— David Bernstein (@ProfDBernstein) November 5, 2023
Because he doesn’t support Hamas?
— Jonathan (@Yona832) November 6, 2023
Sorry Bernie isnt on your side cheering for the murder of Jews 🙁 inshallah he will still want universal healthcare
— Ahmed Al Asliken ☪️✈️ (@assliken) November 5, 2023
Imagine having a problem with “Hamas has got to go.”
— GirlDad.cro (@GirlDadGM) November 5, 2023
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) November 5, 2023
Watching leftist get upset that Bernie doesn’t like Hamas will always make me laugh https://t.co/zuNRWJ401K
— THATBADGER ✡️ (@TheJudeanApe) November 5, 2023
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