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Sanders’ principled stand

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ stance on the war between Israel and Hamas is thoughtful, nuanced and respectful of the need for a solution that allows Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and dignity. In keeping with that, he’s refused to endorse a permanent cease-fire. So, naturally, some of his supporters on the progressive left are angry with him. Free link to this New York Times story.

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  1. Lex Alexander

    War is always the original war crime. Anything that stops the shooting in this case is a good thing. That said, the only possible long-term solution is a two-state solution.

  2. Steve Schnapp

    Bernie’s op-ed referenced the 1977 Likud Party platform’s first principle (see below). Bernie mentioned it as aone of the barriers to a peaceful solution to the Israel/Palestinian conflict. I have witnessed great contempt shown for Palestinians and others who believe in justice and security for both Paestinians and Israelis when they chant “Palestine must be free, from the river to the sea.” They cite that phrase as evidence that it equates to the desire to replace the state of Israel. Curious to me that there is so little dialogue in the media about this.

    “Likud Party: Original Party Platform (1977)

    The Right of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel (Eretz Israel)

    The right of the Jewish people to the land of Israel is eternal and indisputable and is linked with the right to security and peace; therefore, Judea and Samaria will not be handed to any foreign administration; between the Sea and the Jordan there will only be Israeli sovereignty.”

    • Stepehen Walker

      Also amazing (but typical) to me is how most media reports on the women and children who were taken hostage by Hamas, but say nothing about the women and children in prison in Israel, held without being charged with any crime or a trial, for years.

  3. Stephen Walker

    Netanyahu supported the election of Hamas because it would help Likud secure more power. Now we learn that NuttyYahoo and Likud knew about potential attacks from Hamas into Israel. Obviously does not make the slaughter of innocent people ok. But was Netanyahu laying ground for a reason to obliterate Gaza and the West Bank? This probably sounds like a 9/11 conspiracy, but Likud is a fascist and racist party that wants to control the land from the sea to the river and never suffers any legitimate consequences for plowing over homes and evicting Palestinians, or bombing the homes of people in Gaza. The lonesome story of Rachel Corrie.

  4. Stephen Walker

    IDF targets the south of Gaza – the place they ordered citizens to move to – and destroys more homes and lives. This is genocide.

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