Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez led legislation against Israel’s possible annexation of the West Bank, saying it could lead to the country becoming an “apartheid state”.
The 30-year-old New York Democrat collected twelve signatures in a letter to the Secretary of State, which threatened to add $3.8 billion in anti-additional clauses to US annual assistance to the Israeli military.
Mergers “will bring full equality, human rights and dignity to life for all Israelis and Palestinians, with positive prospects, as your predecessor John Kerry warned in 2014, this will make Israel a race Isolate the country to lay the foundation.” The letter said, According to Politico.
The co-signers of the letter to Secretary Pompeo’s secretary include Jews, Vermont’s Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, and three other members of the left-wing “squad”: Representative of Ilhan Omar, Minnesota, Michigan Lahida Tlaib of the state and Aiana Pressley of Massachusetts.
“If the Israeli government continues to follow this path, we will work hard to ensure that the annexed territory is not recognized and pass legislation restricting the US$3.8 billion in military funds provided by the United States to Israel to ensure that US taxpayers do not support the annexation in any way. Say.
“We will include human rights conditions and withholding funds used to purchase Israeli weapons outside of Israel. These funds should equal or exceed the Israeli government’s annual payment for settlement costs, as well as the policies and practices that maintain and enable them to be realized.”
It is controversial to describe Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as similar to apartheid in South Africa. Israeli defenders pointed out that Arabs with Israeli citizenship can participate in the election, although Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank cannot. The South African government gave limited sovereignty to the segregated and poor black majority region.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this year that he is “confident” that the United States will approve its plan to annex parts of the West Bank. The extent of the possible annexation is not clear, but it may include Israeli settlements in the West Bank and a piece of land along the Jordan River.
The West Bank was taken by Israel from Jordan in 1967. The Palestinians hope that one day it will become the core of their country. Israel has annexed occupied East Jerusalem, which was also captured from Jordan, and the Golan Heights, which was captured from Syria in the same 1967 war.
President Trump has always supported Netanyahu. In 2017, Trump ordered the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In 2019, Trump authorized the US government to recognize the annexation of the Golan Heights.
Netanyahu said on Tuesday that the deadline may be delayed, saying that his talks with US officials on the subject “will continue in the next few days.” The prime minister faced an appeal for the left-wing members of his ruling coalition to postpone. He initially planned to begin the annexation of the West Bank on July 1.