Warren continues to harden her views against Israel as the primaries continue.
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren threatened to cut off Israel if the country moves “in the opposite direction” of a two-state solution. From The Hill:
“Right now, Netanyahu says he is going to take Israel in a direction of increasing settlements, [but] that does not move us in the direction of a two-state solution,” Warren responded when asked what her stance was on aid and settlement-building.
“It is the official policy of the United States of America to support a two-state solution, and if Israel is moving in the opposite direction, then everything is on the table,” she said, before repeating: “Everything is on the table.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “It is the official policy of the United States of America to support a two-state solution, and if Israel is moving in the opposite direction, then everything is on the table.” pic.twitter.com/GjumaLoZ9k
— The Hill (@thehill) October 20, 2019
Warren used to defend Israel. It seems like Warren has hardened her tone against Israel since she declared her candidacy for president.
For instance, Warren claims she does not support the BDS movement. However, she will not make any moves to criminalize the boycott.
Back in February, a person asked Warren for her thoughts “of Israel’s West Bank settlements and ‘basically an apartheid situation in Palestine now.'” She did not endorse the apartheid description, but she did not shy away from it either.
Warren, along with four other Democratic senators, “introduced a resolution decrying any Israeli plan to annex West Bank territory” after Netanyahu wanted to extend “Israeli law to all settlements.” They insisted the move would harm a two-state solution.
In June, Warren made it known she supports ending Israel’s “occupation.” From The Jerusalem Post:
Becca Lubow, a student and a member of the IfNotNow Jewish anti-occupation movement, and a companion approached the Massachusetts Democrat on Monday at an event in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the first primary state.
“Hi, we are American Jews and we really love the way that you are fighting corruption and we would really love it if you also push the Israeli government to end the occupation,” Lubow said. The encounter was captured in a video that IfNotNow soon posted on social media.
“Yes, yes,” Warren said.
“Excellent,” Lubow said.
“So, I’m there,” Warren said.
IfNotNow is a Jewish group that has wants to end Israel’s “occupation” in certain areas. As their voices have grown louder, their connections to anti-Semitic groups have come to the open. From JNS:
While these moves may seem outside of the mainstream consensus on Israel, more troubling evidence has emerged on the group’s ties with the virulently anti-Semitic organization American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).
The Investigative organization Canary Mission recently launched a campaign and report revealing a strategic partnership between IfNotNow and AMP, a group that has incited and celebrated violence against Israelis, denied Jewish peoplehood and mocked the Holocaust on social media.
“The Jewish community should find the AMP and IfNotNow partnership particularly worrying,” according to Canary Mission. “IfNotNow is not a youthful Jewish organization, but in fact, it’s “a well-trained, radical fringe group that has no qualms about partnering with anti-Semites.”
I bring this up because Warren hired a staffer who once worked for IfNotNow. He came under fire after someone found a tweet where he wrote he “would totally be friends with Hamas.”
Pro-Israel groups lashed out at Warren for hiring the man:
That staffer, Max Berger, “has spread hatred of Israel, protested against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), demonized pro-Israel American Jews, and promoted INN-organized ‘Liberation Seders,'” according to the watchdog website Canary Mission, which documents the activities of anti-Israel activists across the country. “He has also defended anti-Israel agitators and supported the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.”
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