The Washington Post reports: SALT LAKE CITY — Bernie Sanders pledged Monday that if elected president he would be “a friend not only to Israel but to the Palestinian people” as the United States seeks a help broker a two-state solution to the region’s long-standing conflict.
“Peace has to mean security for every Israeli from violence and terrorism,” Sanders said during a speech here. “But peace also means security for every Palestinian. It means achieving self-determination, civil rights and economic well-being for the Palestinian people.”
Sanders said there is “too much suffering in Gaza to be ignored,” referring to the Palestinian territory.
The speech by the Democratic White House hopeful was intended to touch on themes he would have addressed if he had accepted an invitation to speak at a gathering in Washington on Monday of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
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