The Republic of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is leading the legislative opposition to Israel’s possible annexation of the West Bank areas, saying the country could become a “discriminatory state”.
The 30-year-old New York Democrat collected a dozen signatures on a letter to the Foreign Minister threatening to add $ 3.8 billion annually to the Israeli army.
“It will actively cause potential harm for a future in which all Israelis and Palestinians can live with full equality, human rights and dignity, and will form the basis for Israel to become a discriminatory state, as your predecessor John Kerry warned in 2014”. the letter says, According to Politico.
Among the co-signers of the letter to Secretary Pompeo, the socialist Sen from Jew, Vermont. Bernie Sanders and three other members of the left-wing “Squad” are: İlhan Omar from Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib from Michigan and Ayanna Pressley Massachusetts from Michigan.
“If the Israeli government continues on this path, we will work to ensure that the annexed regions are not recognized, and we will continue to enforce US $ 3.8 billion of Israeli military financing to ensure that US taxpayers do not support annexation in any way,” the letter says.
“We will keep the conditions of human rights and the withholding of funds for offshore supply of Israeli weapons equal or above the amount the Israeli government spends on fund placements each year, as well as including policies and practices that sustain and enable them.”
It is controversial to describe Israel’s treatment of Palestinians similar to racial segregation in South Africa. Israeli advocates stated that Arabs with Israeli citizenship can vote in elections, but Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank cannot vote. The government of South Africa has brought limited sovereignty to discrete and poor black majority regions.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this year he is confident that the United States will approve its plan to annex parts of the West Bank. The extent of possible annexation remains unclear, but it may include Israeli settlements in the West Bank and a strip of land along the Jordan River.
The West Bank was taken from Israel by Jordan in 1967, and Palestinians hope that someday they will form the core of their country. Israel annexed the occupied East Jerusalem from Jordan and the Golan Heights Israel took from Syria in the same 1967 war.
President Trump constantly supports Netanyahu. In 2017, Trump ordered the US embassy to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In 2019, Trump allowed the U.S. government to recognize the annexation of the Golan Heights.
Netanyahu said on Tuesday that talks with US officials on the issue will continue “in the coming days”, saying the deadline may be delayed. The prime minister calls for a delay from the center-left members of the ruling coalition he faces. It originally planned to begin the West Bank annexation process on July 1.