The comments were made as tensions between Israelis and Palestinians escalated on 4 May, when hundreds of rockets were fired in the direction of israel from the Gaza Strip, causing the IDF to strike back.
Mike Gravel, a former US Democratic Senator from Alaska, who announced his 2020 presidential bid last month, has weighed in on the recent exchange of fire between Israelis and Palestinians over the weekend.
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In a tweet, which followed reports of a ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel, the 88-year-old accused israel of being a “racist regime committed to annexation and gradual ethnic cleansing”.
Unlike Gravel, three other Democrats, also running for president, sided with Israel, while others refrained from comments. For instance, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper took to Twitter to say that “the random rocket fire by Hamas into Israel must stop”:
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker told CBS News that “we support Israel’s right to defend itself, full stop”.
“You have a terrorist organisation that actually suppresses its own people, conducts acts of violence and human rights violations against people who live in Gaza. And so Israel has a right to defend itself and it should do that”, Booker continued.
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet joined Booker in backing Israel’s “right to self-defence…