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Jake Sullivan Does Not Reject Possibility Of Biden Attaching Conditions On Israel Aid

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Jake SullivanNational security adviser Jake Sullivan on Sunday weighed in on whether President Joe Biden is open to attaching conditions to the delivery of U.S. aid to Israel.

The idea was first floated by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who called for using “the substantial leverage we have with Israel,” in reference to the billions of dollars the U.S. provides to the country each year, in return for Israel ending its indiscriminate bombing of Gaza and committing to not occupy Gaza long-term, among other things.

“The blank check approach must end,” Sanders wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times. “The United States must make clear that while we are friends of Israel, there are conditions to that friendship and that we cannot be complicit in actions that violate international law and our own sense of decency.”

President Joe Biden on Friday called the idea a “worthwhile thought,” before adding: “We have to take this a piece at a time.”


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