Sen. Bernie Sanders commented on the latest conflagration in Israel/Palestine during an appearance Sunday on MSNBC:
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: The Israeli government has evolved over the years into a pretty strong right-wing government, and their coalition now includes people who are overt racists.
And when you have the United States of America, Ali, putting almost $4 billion a year into Israel, we have the right to demand that they respect the human rights of all people, including the Palestinians.
What we need now is an even-handed policy that protects the security of Israel. They have a right to live in peace and security without terrorist attacks. But the people in the Palestinian territories also have a right to live in peace and dignity.
Anyone who takes a look at what's going on in Gaza right now, where youth unemployment is 70%, and I'm talking about before this current war and the terrible things that have happened in the war. Where youth unemployment is sky-high. Where people can't get electricity and clean water on a regular basis. This is a territory controlled by Israel. So we've got to deal with the corruption of the Palestinian authority. We've got to deal with that. But we have also got to create a situation where the people in the Palestinian territories are respected as well.