Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rebuked the reelection of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of "the adoption of the authoritarian world."
Studied Sunday at Yahoo News "Skullduggery" podcast, the new Democrat from New York added: "I think Netanyahu is a Trump-like figure."
Netanyahu, who became prime minister from 1996-1999 and again since 2009, was reelected last week after the announcement of plans to formally annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank – part of the territory that Israel took in the Six Day War 1967 – where Palestinians hope to establish their own state. Ocasio-Cortez said that the US policy towards Israel should be affected by the proposed merger, and there are "conversations that occur in our group." After the victory of Netanyahu, Trump, in 2017 formally acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, congratulated the prime minister in "a good and hard-earned win," written "The United States is with him and the people of Israel in every way!" He said Netanyahu's victory presents a "better opportunity" for peace in the Middle East.
But pro-Palestinian activists are seeing American policy, especially under Trump, in support of Israel's "occupation".
When asked whether he would benefit from military or economic assistance in Israel, Ocasio said Cortez, "I think it's definitely on the table."
"And I also recognize my role here," he added, citing other members of Congress holding a foreign policy debate in the Middle East before he was elected. "I hope to play a facilitating role in this conversation and a supportive role in this conversation. But I also know that there are people who lead here for a long time, such as Congresswoman [Betty] McCollum . "
In 2017, McCollum, D-Minn introduced the Promotion of Human Rights at the End of the Palestinian Israeli Military Detention The Children's Law, recognizing the rights of Palestinians and seeking confirmation that the US taxpayer's money will not go to the military detention of Palestinian children.
Ocasio-Cortez acquired an implied similarity to US policy on the southern border, where Trump revealed last week that the policy of deterring immigrants and removals Their children are an effective deterrent to illegal immigration. ] "We need to expand what policy talks are," says Ocasio-Cortez, "because as a mere citizen of this country, I would love if Trump has fully started the rules and all that stands apart and say it's normal, it's just like before. "