US Senator Bernie Sanders, who is currently leading in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, said he would consider moving the US embassy in Israel back to Tel Aviv if elected president.
Sanders’s comments about revisiting US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision in 2018 to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem came during Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate.
When asked whether he would move the U.S. Embassy from Jerusalem, Sanders replied that it’s something we need to take into consideration, before calling Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an ally of Trump, a racist.
Sanders went on to say that while he was proud of his Jewish heritage, he stood against Netanyahu’s policies.
I am very proud of being Jewish. I actually lived in Israel for some months, said Sanders.
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 added although he supports Israeli sovereignty, there should be a greater focus on Palestinians and their rights.
Trump announced his intention to move the US embassy to Jerusalem in December 2017, a move that sparked international outrage.
The embassy opened on May 14, 2018, triggering mass demonstrations in which around 60 Palestinian protesters were killed and nearly 3,000 were injured by Israeli forces.
Previous US presidents, as well as nearly every other country, refrained from opening embassies in Jerusalem, arguing that the city’s final status should first be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Source: Palestine Chronicle