AOC Links Netanyahu’s Reelection to Rise of Authoritarianism, Says Reducing Aid to Israel Should Be ‘On the Table’

‘I think these are part of conversations we are having in our caucus, but I think what we’re really seeing is the ascent of authoritarianism across the world’


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."          

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