First of all, he should get his facts right. Secondly, he owes Israel an apology. . . . He accused us of a blood libel. He accused us of bombing hospitals. He accused us of killing 10,000 Palestinian civilians. Don’t you think that merits an apology?He doesn’t mention the many thousands of Hamas rockets fired at us. He doesn’t mention the fact that Hamas hides behind civilians. He doesn’t mention the fact that we pulled out of Gaza in order to give the Palestinians a chance to experiment with statehood, and they turned it into an experiment with terror. He doesn’t mention any of that. That, to me, is libelous.
It is one more instance, as Hillary Clinton puts it, of Sanders “not doing his homework,” or worse, harboring views of Israel that make President Obama sound like David Ben-Gurion. Sanders seems to get his information from anti-Israel talking points, which is not surprising since he seeks advice from a bevy of anti-Israel groups.
It is not clear that Clinton wants to hit Sanders on foreign policy, particularly on anything that might be perceived as coming from his right. In this case, however, he is peddling falsehoods and doing exactly what Clinton denounced in her American Israel Public Affairs Committee speech last month. The subject was the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, but her words are equally applicable to Sanders’s remarks, which serve to undermine Israel’s right to self-defense and seek to make Israel an international pariah: “Particularly at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise across the world, especially in Europe, we must repudiate all efforts to malign, isolate and undermine Israel and the Jewish people.” In essence, accusing Israel of war crimes surely fits that description.
Sanders’s remarks will strike many New York voters as stunningly ignorant and ill-advised, if not downright offensive. At a time Sanders is (falsely) claiming Clinton accused him of being “not qualified,” he reminds New York voters that his knowledge of foreign policy is, well, almost as nonexistent as Donald Trump’s. That makes him just as unfit to be commander in chief.
UPDATE: A complete analysis of Sanders “claptrap” agrees his interview “reflects above all uninterest.”