Sen. Bernie Sanders said he would reconsider the decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if elected president.
Sanders, who is one of two Jewish candidates, said during Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate that he would revisit the Trump administration’s historic decision to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem.
“The answer is, it is something that we would take into consideration,” Sanders said before tearing into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an ally of President Trump, and branding him a “racist.”
“I am very proud of being Jewish. I actually lived in Israel for some months,” the Vermont senator said. “But what I happen to believe is that right now, sadly, tragically, in Israel, through Bibi Netanyahu, you have a reactionary racist who is now running that country.”
Sanders said that although he supports the sovereignty of Israel, there should be an increased focus on Palestinians.
“I happen to believe that what our foreign policy in the Mid East should be about is absolutely protecting the independence and security of Israel. But you cannot ignore the suffering of the Palestinian people,” he said. “We have got to have a policy that reaches out to the Palestinians and the Americans.”
The decision to move the U.S. Embassy was controversial among Arab states but widely hailed in Israel.
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