Weekend interview: Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stated that Israel and Hamas could not maintain a “permanent ceasefire” due to the fact that Hamas is a genocidal terrorist organization dedicated to “a permanent war” against Israel.
Sanders delivered the statement in response to a question posed by Margaret Brennan, a presenter of CBS News, on “Face The Nation” on Sunday.
Brennan was discussing far-left members of the House of Representatives who advocate for an enduring cessation of hostilities.
“So progressives like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib have been clear and calling for a ceasefire. You’ve taken some flack because you have not. The United States government is opposing a ceasefire as well, and they’re isolated at the (United Nations) on that point. Why is it you oppose a ceasefire?”” Brennan asked.
Sanders began by saying that while he supports a ‘humanitarian pause’ he doesn’t support a permanent ceasefire:
“In terms of a permanent ceasefire, I don’t know how you could have a permanent ceasefire with Hamas who had said before October 7, and after October 7, that they want to destroy Israel. They want a permanent war. I don’t know how you have a permanent ceasefire with an attitude like that.” he said.
Bernie Sanders on Face The Nation:
“I don’t know how you can have a permanent ceasefire with Hamas who has said before October 7 and after October 7 that they want to destroy Israel and they want a permanent war. I don’t know how you have a permanent ceasefire with an attitude… pic.twitter.com/t51mGmUn0g
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“I think Israel has the right to defend itself and go after Hamas,” he continued.