“I believe that the United States must help lead the way to a peaceful and prosperous future for both Israelis and Palestinians. We need to take a hard look at whether the sale of these weapons is actually helping do that, or whether it is simply fueling conflict.”
The resolution draft, obtained by The Washington Post, aims to halt planned sale to Israel by the Biden administration of JDAMs, or joint direct attack munitions, and small-diameter bombs. The resolution requires only majority to pass the Senate. However, if it is to be vetoed by President Biden, the resolution would need a two-thirds majority in both chambers to take effect.
“At a moment when U.S.-made bombs are devastating Gaza, and killing women and children, we cannot simply let another huge arms sale go through without even a congressional debate,” the progressive senator told The Post.
“Let us hope that the ceasefire in Gaza holds. But that’s not enough. Our job now is to support desperately needed humanitarian and reconstruction aid to Gaza’s people, and find a way to finally bring peace to the region.”
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)presented a similar resolution in the House of Representatives.
“For decades, the U.S. has sold billions of dollars in weaponry to Israel without ever requiring them to respect basic Palestinian rights,” Ocasio-Cortez said according to The Post. “In so doing, we have directly contributed to the death, displacement and disenfranchisement of millions.”
Sanders and the sponsors for the blockage of weapons sale to Israel have received criticism from former Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman who considered their view “furthest from American values” as reported by FOX Business.
“To jump on Israel, to threaten removal of arms sales to Israel in this kind of conflict is outrageously unfair.”
Nevertheless, in the last few days Sanders shifted his Twitter follower’s attention towards the Palestinians’ situation.
“To understand this war, we must understand what the Palestinian people have been enduring under blockade and occupation. I believe we must stand in solidarity with those Palestinians and Israelis working to build a future of equality and peaceful coexistence.”