Press Release

Sanders disagrees with Balint on ceasefire, wants to control Israeli spending

BURLINGTON, Vt. Nov. 16 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today released the following statement.

Since October 7th, there has not been a day that goes by that I am not deeply saddened and distressed by the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. To see innocent young people slaughtered at a music festival, children and elderly people kidnapped, and then, thousands of civilians killed, including entire families being wiped out and thousands of children dead, torments me and millions of others who are watching this conflict unfold.

But we cannot look away.

I wish there was a simple solution to this conflict. There isn’t. Non-binding resolutions that Congress won’t pass can’t do that. The issue now is to act decisively to end the indiscriminate bombing by Israel, which has caused the deaths of an estimated 12,000 people, and secure a significant humanitarian pause so that the massive humanitarian aid that is needed – food, water, medicine, and fuel – can get into Gaza and save lives. That is the immediate crisis that must be addressed. The way to bring about real change in this horrific situation is to attach conditions to any supplemental spending bill for Israel that comes before Congress.

The issues that must be addressed in that bill are: an end to indiscriminate bombing and a significant pause so that massive humanitarian assistance can come into the region; the right of displaced Gazans to return to their homes; no long-term Israeli occupation of Gaza; an end to settler violence in the West Bank and a freeze on settlement expansion; and a commitment to broad peace talks for a two-state solution in the wake of the war.

Lastly, Hamas has been very clear, both before its barbaric attack on October 7th and after that attack, that their goal is perpetual warfare and the destruction of Israel. Just last week a spokesman for Hamas, Mr. Taher El-Nounou, told the New York Times, “I hope that the state of war with Israel will become permanent on all the borders, and that the Arab world will stand with us.” I am not quite sure how you negotiate a ceasefire with a terrorist organization that is dedicated to perpetual war.

If we are going to have a chance at saving innocent lives, Congress must take action, the Biden Administration must take action, the world must take action. We must find a way to break this cycle of violence.

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  1. Bernie is either naive or not very intelligent. The only way this will ever end is for Israel to finish their targeted bombing by leveling Gaza and then by pushing the rubble into the sea.

      • Why not? They certainly support the Islamofascist agenda and want to obliterate Israel.

      • Absolutely. Those civilians are being given daily opportunities to move south before those areas are targeted. Those civilians are part of the 85% that voted for and put Hamas in charge of Gaza. Like Vermont you get what you vote for.

  2. This is the most incoherent and contradictory message possible. He would have been better off saying nothing. Now everyone knows what he’s full of.

  3. Were Boinie’s parents being prophetic when they gave him a name with the initials of B.S. ? Boinie is an idealogue with out an idea . He needs to retire to one of the three houses that capitalism has blessed him with.

  4. Socialist Sanders, again just spewing rhetoric out of both sides of his mouth, and yes this buffoon represents us, Bernie, you’d be better off keeping your mouth shut, how pathetic !!

  5. since when did the world give america the right to tell other nations what they can and cannot do? we are not the ruler of the world, we don’t even control our own border. we need to mind our own business and put America first!

  6. Control Israel spending but 200 BILLION to Ukraine? CRT is responsible for the anti-Semitism, pro Muslim rhetoric on college campuses. For years in k-12 lib teachers have been indoctrinating students to believe Muslim religion and students coming to our towns are wonderful. I remember one dunce teacher from SB began, “Muslim girls for change”. This platform strong armed colleges, Middlebury included, to accept sub-par students because they are Muslim girls. Nothing “changed”, they are still oppressed in their “religion of peace”. They still hate gays and they definitely hate you and your religion. But the college kids have been brainwashed and are unable to think for themselves. They’ve been trained to toe the ultra left line at all costs. A rant and maybe not related to this article, sorry, but it’s no mystery what’s happening if you work or know public schools.

  7. Bernie – must be starting to feel the burn, a little, maybe? One thing is for sure, the dust up in the Middle East is tearing the DNC and Progs apart. As the good old saying goes: they don’t whether to defecate or go blind.