Sanders: Israel Is Run by ‘Racist’ Government Under Netanyahu

He says he will advance "a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights named after President Donald J. Trump".

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government "racist" Monday, saying the USA should treat the Middle East on a "level playing field".

Israel first annexed the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and the region soon fell under Israeli military control.

This comes after the president made the unprecedented move of recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the region in late March.

An Israeli cabinet minister condemned U.S. Democratic Party presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Tuesday for describing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government as racist over its treatment of Palestinians.

Trump announced in March that the U.S. would now recognise the territory as Israeli, arguing it "is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability".

Breaking with long-standing worldwide consensus last month, Trump officially recognised Israel's annexation of the strategic plateau that it seized from Syria in 1967 in the Arab-Israeli war and annexed in 1981.

Netanyahu is now talking to potential coalition partners in order to form Israel's next government. Israelis built settlements on the Golan Heights, which the United Nations condemned in 1981.

It followed a December 2017 decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, which sparked a global outcry.

Israel has said separately that, in appreciation of the United States president, it intends to name a proposed train station near Jerusalem's Western Wall after him.

  • Jon Douglas