NY Jewish Millennials: Bernie Sanders Might Not Be Bad For Israel

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) cheer as Sanders speaks at the Claremont Opera House on February 2, 2016 in Claremont, New Hampshire. The New Hampshire primary is February 9. (Photo by
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Unlike many members of the Jewish community, Democratic Jewish millennials in New York City fail to see what the fuss surrounding presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ recent Israel comments is about.

As New York State voted in its first meaningful primaries in years on Tuesday, Jewish students and young professionals told The Jerusalem Post that, despite Bernie Sanders saying that Israel used “disproportionate force” in Gaza in 2014, they do not believe he is a bad candidate for Israel.

Twenty-two year old Max Finkel, who studies American history and Jewish thought at Columbia University and voted for Bernie Sanders, told the Post on Tuesday that there should be “a more nuanced conversation about Israel” in the United States.

“I don’t think it necessarily has to be along the lines of any of the organizations that we see like AIPAC or J-street, but I think what we need to have is a conversation that involves a lot more kinds of people without creating a partisan bent for these kind of issues,” he said.

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