Legislation

With Israel under rocket attack, Sanders seeks to block missile, bomb sales

By Guy Page

With Israel under rocket attack by the Palestinian military, Sen. Bernie Sanders has introduced a resolution to block $735 million of future sales of precision-guided munitions to Israel. 

The resolution comes 10 days after Palestinian Hamas initiated the conflict with rocket attacks on Israel, prompting defensive retaliation. Despite international calls for a cease-fire, air attacks from both sides continue. 

Here’s a timeline of what has happened leading up to Sanders’ resolution:

May 6 – Palestinian protests began in Jerusalem over an anticipated decision of the Supreme Court of Israel on the eviction of six Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

May 7 – Israeli police stormed the compound of the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, located on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. The police used tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades against stone-throwing Palestinians. The confrontations occurred ahead of a planned Jerusalem Day march by far-right Jewish nationalists that was later canceled.

May 10 – two Palestinian militant groups, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, began firing rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip, hitting multiple residences and a school. Israel responds with deadly, destructive air strikes. Hamas continues the rocket attacks. Israel maintains the counter-attacks.

May 19 – President Biden tells Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he expects Israeli de-escalation and a ceasefire. Biden is under pressure from the Progressive ‘left’ of the Democratic Party, which sees the Palestinians as oppressed people fighting for their freedom against ‘apartheid’ Israel. Supporters of Israel insist that Hamas must be willing to work towards a peaceful solution that protects Israel’s national integrity and security.

May 20 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday introduces a joint Senate-House resolution blocking the recent sale of $735 million in weapons to Israel. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and other ‘progressive’ House members are co-sponsors. It is not known as of this writing if Sen. Leahy and Rep. Welch have signed onto this legislation.

“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,” Sanders said in a press statement. “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 would prohibit “transfers to Israel” of “Joint Direct Attack Munition variants and Small Diameter Bomb Increment variants for end use by the Ministry of Defense for Israel.”

A resolution condemning Hamas’ initiation of hostilities on Israel and affirming continued defense spending was introduced May 13. All 40 co-sponsors of H396 are Republicans.

 (Timeline developed with material from Wikipedia, NBC.)

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13 replies »

  1. Sanders and all the rest of his followers have no clue what is right and wrong. They all need to be expelled from their positions. Israel should Always be Defended. Numbers 24:9 “Whoever blesses Israel will be blessed, And whoever curses Israel will be cursed.”

  2. Socialist Sanders, is supposedly ” Jewish ” what a disgrace, backing Hamas and bombing
    Israel, it just shows how out of touch he really is and has always been on the wrong side
    of everything his entire useless career.

    Vermont Barking buffoon probably thinks if he holds back the money from Israel , he can
    use it on his NWO green deal .

    Vermont should hold its head in shame, having this clown represent out state how pathetic !!

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  3. Yet another reason to get Bernie out of office, he is a disgrace. Removing defense funds from our greatest ally is the pinnacle of absurdity. Where was Bernie and his resolution when Biden sent $200,000,000 to Hamas last month? I stand with Israel. May God help those that oppose them.

  4. It’s time for Bernie to leave. Then the RINO governor can appoint a Republican to the seat and restore some semblance of balance in congress.

  5. Bernie needs to get real . We need to defend Israel. Ditto to what these others say in defence of Israel.

  6. Right, Bernie. Deny sales of precision munitions, that minimize collateral damage. So the IAF goes back to iron bombs and indiscriminate saturation area bombing.

  7. Re; the evictions- these have been ongoing in the courts for decades! These Arabs have been squatting there. The homes were owned by Jews back in the days when Israel first became a state. When they were invaded and lost that part of Jerusalem, Arabs moved into those homes and refused to leave. None of this(Hamas launching over 3000 missiles into Israel)was really about the evictions.

    And yes, Bernie is the worst kind of JINO. I imagine he’d have made a fine kapo in Nazi Germany.

  8. So Bernie feels the money saved by not supporting Israel is more important than saving his people? Who in their right mind would ever support a moron of that type? Israel is our best ally and right beside us every step of the way like a German Shepard to his keeper in a warzone.
    just more mind boggling.

  9. I hope that Beanie was not planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land soon. I don’t think his reception would be very warm. On second thought may be he should go.

  10. Israel gave up Gaza, displacing thousands of Israelis for peace, and what did they get in return? A Jihadi terrorist state instead of a peace partner. And all you do is generalize by conveniently saying that Israel bombs too much. Iran’s proxies in Lebanon, Syria and Gaza bomb 💣 Israel too much. Thousands of rockets were fired from Hamas last spring into Israel. You are listening to the anti Israel media and believing it. Try reading Noa Tishby’s A Simple Guide to Israel or Alan Dershowitz’ The Case for Israel. It would offset the biased opinions you harbor. Israel is situated on no more than 35% of Palestine. Jordan and Hamas OWN the rest. That’s not opinion, that’s fact. שבט שאלמ

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