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Democratic presidential candidate Elisabeth Warren says ‘everything on the table’ to halt settlement expansion including cutting Israel aid

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Democratic presidential candidate says she’d consider cutting Israel aid to counter Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s settlement policy, which she says is endangering the two-state solution.

The Democratic presidential race has narrowed to a clear, consistent Top 4 — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.

By Aaron Bandler, Jewish Journal via JNS, with EJP

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said last week  that all options will be considered to prevent Israel from ramping up settlement building in the West Bank, including cutting aid to the Jewish state, according to a report in The Hill.

A reporter asked Warren during a campaign event if she would “make aid to Israel conditional on freezing settlements.” Warren replied, “Right now, Netanyahu says he is going to take Israel in a direction of increasing settlements; that does not move us toward a two-state solution. 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.”

Two other Democratic presidential candidates had floated such an idea: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who said he’d block any funding that might be used to annex the West Bank, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has floated the idea of conditioning aid to impact Israel’s policies multiple times.

In July, Warren told an IfNotNow activist “I’m there” when they urged her to “push the Israeli government to end the occupation.” Jewish groups like the Progressive Zionists of California (PZC) have expressed concern over the Warren campaign’s hiring IfNotNow Co-Founder Max Berger in June, citing his agreement with the BDS movement.

“If your staff includes someone who openly wishes Israel to disappear, you will lose the trust of many of your supporters and your pro-Israel bona fides will disappear,” PZC founding members Susan George and Paul Kujawsky wrote in a July 15 letter to the Warren campaign.

 Last month, the progressive think tank Data for Progress released a report showing that a net majority of Democratic voters are receptive to the idea of cutting aid to Ia srael in order to curb their human rights violations.

The Democratic presidential race has narrowed to a clear, consistent Top 4 — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.

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