AOC Links Netanyahu’s Reelection to Rise of Authoritarianism, Says Reducing Aid to Israel Should Be ‘On the Table’
ISIKOFF: "Well, I think these are parts of conversations that we're having in our caucus, but I think what we're really seeing is the assent of authoritarianism across the world. I think that Netanyahu is a Trump-like dictator and I think that we — you know, there are so many ways to approach this issue, Betty McCollum even has a proposal that she's advanced, asking U.S. not to fund child detention — Israeli child detention of Palestinian children. You know, there's a different way to signal it. I would hope, I'd wish that a diplomatic approach could change some — impact policy. It doesn't all have to be legislated. But I think that we just sit on our hands."
KLAIDMAN: "Would you be in favor of reducing military or economic aid to Israel?"
OCASIO-CORTEZ: "I mean, I think it's on the table. I think it's certainly on the table and it's something that can be discussed. You know, and I think that — and I also acknowledge my role in this as well in that I think that I hope to play a facilitating role in this conversation and a supportive role in this conversation, but I also know there are people who have been leading for a long time like Congresswoman Betty McCollum. So I think it's important — but I think that we need to expand what those policy conversations are, because I would — as just a citizen of this country, I would be very concerned if Trump started really pursuing more and more and more increasingly dangerous policies, and everyone just standing aside and saying this is normal."