NY congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez said that Cutting aid to Israel should be ‘on the table'
Tuesday 16/April/2019 - 10:42 AM
NY congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that cutting military and economic aid to Israel as a way to signal opposition to Israeli policies should be “on the table" Arutz Sheva reported today.
"I think it is certainly on the table. I think it’s something that can be discussed،” the prominent freshman Democratic lawmaker said on Yahoo’s Skullduggery podcast on Sunday.
Ocasio-Cortez said that newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s pledge to annex settlements in Judea and Samaria should affect U.S. policy towards Israel. She also called Netanyahu a “Trump-like figure."
"I think these are part of conversations we are having in our caucus، but I think what we are really seeing is an ascent of authoritarianism across the world،” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez pointed to a bill proposed by Democratic Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum that would prohibit aid to Israel from being used to detain Palestinian Arab minors in Judea and Samaria as a way “to approach this issue."
The Jewish Democratic Council of America sharply criticized Ocasio-Cortez for her comments.
"We recommend she engage with Dem leaders Eliot Engel، Nita Lowey، & Ted Deutch before contemplating the future of US military aid to Israel. US-Israel ties must supersede politics،” the group said in a statement.