Washington (QNN)- Presidential hopeful Joe Biden said he does not support conditioning military aid to the occupation state to curb Israeli settlement expansion and described the idea of being a “gigantic mistake”.
On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal’s Sabrina Siddiqui asked Biden whether he’d consider leveraging aid to Israel to curb settlement expansion. “Not me. Look, I have been on record from very early on opposed to settlements, and I think it’s a mistake,” Biden told the reporter, “And Netanyahu knows my position. But the idea that we would draw military assistance from Israel, on the condition that they change a specific policy, I find it to be absolutely outrageous.”
“Anyway, no I wouldn’t condition it and I think it’s a gigantic mistake. And I hope some of the candidates who are running with me for the nomination–I hope they misspoke or were taken out of context.”
NEWS: Here is @JoeBiden’s full response when I asked him about leveraging US aid to Israel. He strongly disagrees with idea pushed by @BernieSanders and somewhat embraced by @SenWarren and @PeteButtigieg. (Backstory: https://t.co/TrnqwUjit3) pic.twitter.com/LhCpLFprzg
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) October 31, 2019
Other democratic candidates declared earlier their support to the idea as a way to curb the greed of the occupation state.
Settlements expansion has been dramatically increasing, swallowing what is left of the promised Palestinian state, since Trump came to power.
After announcing the annexation of the occupied Golan Heights, the occupation state promised to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, which is practically already annexed.