WATCH: Socialist Bernie Sanders Calls Israel “Racist”, Calls For “Strings To Be Attached” To Billions Given

Bernie Sanders (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)

CBS’ Margaret Brennan interviewed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Face the Nation Sunday. The following is a transcript of the interview.

MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to ask you about some issues on foreign policy. CIA Director Bill Burns recently said that the uptick in violence in Israel and Palestinian territories reminds him of the last Intifada – that there could be an explosion of violence. Israel now has the most right wing government it’s had in years. Do you think that democracy is in peril in Israel right now?

SEN. SANDERS: I do. I am very worried about what Netanyahu is doing and some of his allies in government and what may happen to the Palestinian people. And let me tell you something, I mean, I haven’t said this publicly. But I think the United States gives billions of dollars in aid to Israel. And I think we’ve got to put some strings attached to that and say you cannot run a racist government. You cannot turn your back on a two-state solution. You cannot demean the Palestinian people there. You just can’t do it and then come to America and ask for money.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Has the administration, have you talked to the administration about it?


MARGARET BRENNAN: They’ve been very careful in criticism of the Netanyahu government.

SEN. SANDERS: Well, I am not careful about it. I’m embarrassed that- that in Israel, you have a government of that nature right now.

MARGARET BRENNAN: And are you going to introduce something?

SEN. SANDERS: We may well, yes.

MARGARET BRENNAN: To try to attach strings to U.S. aid to Israel?

SEN. SANDERS: You cannot give- if you have a, you know, whether it’s Saudi Arabia or other authoritarian societies, if a government is acting in a racist way, and they want billions of dollars from the taxpayers of the United States, I think you say, “Sorry, but it’s not acceptable. You want our money? Fine. This is what you got to do to get it.”

MARGARET BRENNAN: The pro-Israel lobby AIPAC used to be bipartisan, but these days, it’s got a super PAC that has spent very heavily in Democratic primaries. You said-

SEN. SANDERS: Against progressives.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You said they’re doing everything they can to destroy the Progressive movement in this country. Do you think the politics around this issue are constraining the White House going into 2024?

SEN. SANDERS: The way I look at AIPAC now, in terms of their political activities – this is not even just a pro-Israel group. This is a corporate PAC, sometimes getting money from Republicans, sometimes supporting extreme right-wing Republicans. So what really upset me very much is that in many of these primaries, we had great candidates, young people, often people of color, and yet AIPAC and other super PACs spending millions of dollars trying to defeat them. And as you may know, I tried to get the Democratic Party to pass a resolution that in Democratic primaries, super PAC money should not be allowed to be used.

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. Well, he’s probably right from an American perspective of the values of universalism. From the Israeli perspective we should probably think what will happen with the judicial reform when a left wing government comes to power. Imagine a high court that forcibly rips yeshiva bochurs from study to the army to re-educate them or mandates employees work on shabbos etc. Cuts both ways, gotta be careful.

  2. That filthy piece of human excrement is still spewing his hate. He’s almost at the finish line anyway. He will soon be disposed of to the dustbin of history and he will join his cohort Yasser Arafat in hell where he belongs.

  3. Racist/racist/racists/racist. The radical left has abused so much terminology where not related that it diminishes its harshness when it’s real.

  4. Git Meshige – I couldn’t have said it better, but I have to wonder if a Jew by blood, like Bern-in-Gehenom Sanders, who uses his birthright solely to attack Am Yisrael isn’t guaranteed a much worse fate than a bloodlusting nochri like Arafat who might be predisposed to hate Am Yisrael.

  5. Why did Bernie move out of the racially diverse Brooklyn NY, and settle in the all WHITE Vermont?!

    What percent of Vermont is white?
    White alone, percent  94.0%
    Black or African American alone, percent(a)  1.5%
    American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)  0.4%
    Asian alone, percent(a)  2.0%

    The WHITE Bernie Sanders is an old time racist. He hates blacks with a passion and did all he can to get as far away from them as possible.

  6. Someone’s gotta tell Bernie that the Palis are not a race, they are Arab just like the Israeli Arabs. And they are being dealt with as enemies of the state, unlike Israeli Arabs who live a good life, with voting rights, ability to hold public office even as far as PM (gotta fix that..), are welcome in Israeli Jewish universities and hospitals etc.

    Given this reality it cannot be racism. Clearly there is another facet to the circumstance Palis find themselves in, as opposed to Israeli Arabs..

  7. Oy, this guy speaks such filth!

    May Bernie immediately do a complete Teshuva for all the garbage he has spewed about his brothers and sisters, and announce his mistakes to the world.

    This can help hasten the Geulah, as the Rambam writes:
    ישראל עושים תשובה ומיד הן נגאלין