Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes the US should consider cutting military and economic aid to Israel — and Jewish Democrats are blasting her for it.
“I think it’s something that can be discussed,” she said Sunday on Yahoo’s “Skullduggery” podcast, adding that the idea should “certainly” be on the table.
“I think these are part of conversations we are having in our caucus,” the congresswoman added. “I hope to play a facilitating role in this conversation and a supportive role in this conversation. But I also know that there have been people leading on this for a long time, like Congresswoman [Betty] McCollum.”
Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) went on to describe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “Trump-like figure” following his announced plans to formally annex Jewish settlements on the West Bank.
“I think what we are really seeing is an ascent of authoritarianism across the world,” she said.
The Jewish Democratic Council of America released a statement on Monday, ripping Ocasio-Cortez for her comments.
“We are pleased Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recognizes she is NOT a leader on Israel in Congress,” the statement said. “We recommend she engage with Dem leaders Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey, & Ted Deutch before contemplating the future of US military aid to Israel. US-Israel ties must supersede politics.”