J Street’s conference was earlier this week and that means Democratic candidates for president had an opportunity to address U.S. Israel/Palestine policy, including the question of whether the U.S. should continue funding and arming Israel’s occupation. Not surprisingly, we’re thinking "about time!!" on that one. Centrist front runner former Vice President Joe Biden didn’t say a word about it (worse yet, he later said conditioning military aid to Israel was "outrageous'), and Senator Amy Klobuchar refused to answer a question about it. Mayor Pete Buttigieg was a little bolder and braver, saying it was important to “ensure that U.S. tax-payer support to Israel does not get turned into U.S. tax-payer support for a move like annexation.” Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke more broadly on the need to “find ways to apply pressure and create consequences for problematic behavior.” Senator Bernie Sanders spoke in more concrete terms:  “If you want military aid, you’re going to have to fundamentally change your relationship to the people of Gaza.” Yes, some of these statements are better than others, but the fact that we’re finally talking about this is a testament to the progress we have collectively made in beginning to hold Israel accountable.

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