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Bernie Sanders Thinks Israel Reacts Too Strongly to Terrorism

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thinks Israel is over-reacting to terrorism. Really.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said during an interview Sunday that Hillary Clinton has ignored the pain of the Palestinian people and called Israel’s response to rockets and terrorism from Hamas targeting its citizens “disproportionate.” Sanders spoke with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who played a clip of the Vermont Senator at Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate arguing that, while Israel has a right to defend itself, the United States should play an “evenhanded” role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to bring peace to the Middle East.

…Sanders reaffirmed his belief that Israel has a right to exist and live in peace, but added that “you cannot ignore the suffering of the Palestinian people. And longterm, the only way we bring peace to that region – ”

“Do you think Secretary Clinton has ignored the suffering of the Palestinian people?” Stephanopoulos interjected. “Well, I think if you listen to her speech, that was the major speech, she had one line on the Palestinian people,” Sanders said. “I think that Israel has every right in the world to respond to terrorism, but I think in the Gaza it was a disproportionate response.”

Bernie Sanders is simply perpetuating the dangerous narrative that Israel is part of the problem. Israel has every right to defend itself from terrorism and radical Islamic extremism, and the U.S. should be supporting our ally every step of the way.

You can watch the exchange below:


Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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