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Senator Bernie Sanders has expressed concern over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership amidst the ongoing war with Hamas.

Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sanders said, “Year after year, we have provided billions of dollars in military aid to the government of Israel. Right now, you have a right-wing, extremist government under Netanyahu. There are plans to provide him with another $10 billion in unfettered military aid. What you can say to Netanyahu: Stop the slaughter, allow the massive amounts of humanitarian aid that we need to come in to feed the children. Please, please, please. Oh, but by the way, if you don’t do it, here’s another $10 billion to continue the war.”

Addressing the possibility of a ceasefire with Hamas, Sanders maintained that the immediate ending of hostilities is critical to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance. He acknowledged the challenges posed by Hamas’s stance towards Israel and the Israeli government’s position but stressed the necessity of change in governance to achieve peace in the region. “Look, what you have, what you need right now is a ceasefire tomorrow so that the trucks, the massive amount of humanitarian aid can come in to feed the people who are starving. I think at the end of the day, commands cannot be continuing to run Gaza. And [the] Netanyahu government cannot continue to run Israel, if we’re going to ever leave — bring peace to that region.”


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