Democratic presidential candidate Biden says Israeli ‘occupation a real problem’
July 15, 2019
“The occupation is a real problem,” said Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday, referring to Israel’s military presence in the West Bank, in an election rally event in Dover, New Hampshire. “Elias Newman, 26, an American Jew from far-left group IfNotNow asked Joe Biden if he were elected, would he pressure Israel to end the occupation. The former vice president said that “there’s no answer but a two-state solution,” then added, “I think the settlements are unnecessary.” Biden continued and said that pressure should also be exerted on Palestinian leaders, who need “to be prepared to stop the hate.” READ MORE
JNS The problem with opposing Israel’s ‘occupation’ While it wasn’t likely that IfNotNow volunteers could persuade Democratic presidential candidates to adopt their anti-Zionist platform, they had a much more realistic goal. They hoped to create confrontations on the campaign trail, especially in state like New Hampshire, where local retail politics is a must, which could produce viral video moments in which some Democrats might be persuaded to make statements that would illustrate their party’s drift away from Israel.
Anti-Israel activists from IfNotNow try to pigeon hole New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and force him to agree with their claim that the Israeli presence in Judea and Samaria is a “human rights crisis”. They use fake statistics to try to strengthen their argument but Booker doesn’t fall for it.