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Bloomington, IN - Buttigieg: Netanyahu Is ‘turning Away From Peace’

Published on: June 11, 2019 08:30 PM
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 Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg, of South Bend, Indiana, speaks during an event organized by the Queens County Democratic Organization at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, New York, USA, 22 May 2019.  EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANE Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg, of South Bend, Indiana, speaks during an event organized by the Queens County Democratic Organization at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, New York, USA, 22 May 2019.  EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANE

Bloomington, IN - Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana who has emerged as a strong contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, said there are signs that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “turning away from peace.”

“Just as an American patriot may oppose the policies of the American president, a supporter of Israel may also oppose the policies of the Israeli right-wing government,” Buttigieg said Tuesday at a speech at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, unveiling his foreign policy. “Especially when we see increasingly disturbing signs that the Netanyahu government is turning away from peace.”

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Buttigieg said “the security and survival of the democratic state of Israel has been and continues to be an essential tenet of U.S. foreign policy” but said he would be willing to use economic leverage to pressure Israel.

“If Prime Minister Netanyahu makes good on his promise to annex West Bank settlements, he should know that a President Buttigieg would take steps to ensure that American taxpayers won’t help foot the bill,” Buttigieg said, referring to Netanyahu’s pledge before April 9 elections to extend Israeli sovereignty to some Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Netanyahu has said he would welcome the as-yet-to-be-unveiled peace plan drafted by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, while the Palestinians have preemptively rejected it. There are signs that the plan does not point towards Palestinians statehood, and would allow Israel to maintain security control of the West Bank, Netanyahu’s bottom line for any peace plan.

Buttigieg said he would also rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, from which Trump withdrew last year.

“As even this administration repeatedly certified, it was preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” he said. “It has helped constrain the military threat that Iran poses to Israel and Europe without leading us down a path to another Middle Eastern war. This agreement was concluded not to do Iran a favor, but because it is in our national security interest—just as a parallel policy of confronting Iran’s support for terrorism and abysmal human rights record reflects our values and security interests.”

Trump and Netanyahu believe the plan has loopholes that would allow Iran to launch a nuclear weapons program in the next decade.

The crowded field of Democratic candidates in general tend to be critical of Netanyahu, although to widely varying degrees.



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 Jun 11, 2019 at 08:44 PM Anonymous Says:

He is a piece of drek.

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 Jun 11, 2019 at 09:00 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

The leadership on both sides are unwilling to make the bold decision for peace. Endless low-level war is simply easier for them.

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 12:23 AM Anonymous Says:

Why does VIN even post his picture or report what he says. Married to a man! An abomination, His words or presence to a Shomer Torah Mitzvah should have no value.

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 01:04 AM Anonymous Says:

Not once did buttifukfuk call out hamas and the rest of the terrorists as having any responsibility for the arabs situation in gaza.

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 08:30 AM Frumsanity Says:

נשים דעתן קלות

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 08:44 AM qazxc Says:

Many, possibly most, Israelis agree with him. I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with him, just pointing out this opinion does not automatically indicate a lack of support for Israel.

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 09:32 AM Anonymous Says:

First he is not a strong contender, only 6 percent of vote. Don't proclaim something he is not and second who is he; nothing

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 01:56 PM Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Why does VIN even post his picture or report what he says. Married to a man! An abomination, His words or presence to a Shomer Torah Mitzvah should have no value.

Be careful with your public rants...governments in other places have declared Jews to have "no value."

Jews have benefited tremendously from a culture of tolerance in this country, a culture of live and let live, which means tolerating even those a majority (or we)
deem to be engaged in immoral behavior.

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 02:37 PM 5TResident Says:

Tell Buttigieg to Buttigieg out of the Jews' business.

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 02:39 PM 5TResident Says:

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Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

Be careful with your public rants...governments in other places have declared Jews to have "no value."

Jews have benefited tremendously from a culture of tolerance in this country, a culture of live and let live, which means tolerating even those a majority (or we)
deem to be engaged in immoral behavior.

Excuse me - the rights of Jews in this country is governed by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and are not at the whim of some king or dictator. Tolerance, at least by the government, is required by law.

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 05:51 PM qazxc Says:

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5TResident Says:

Excuse me - the rights of Jews in this country is governed by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and are not at the whim of some king or dictator. Tolerance, at least by the government, is required by law.

As was the case in Germany.

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