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April 15, 2019 4:54 pm

Jewish Democrats Slam Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Over Comment That Cutting US Aid to Israel Should Be ‘On the Table’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a rally in New York City. Photo: Reuters / Caitlin Ochs.

Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) asserted in a media interview over the weekend that cutting military and economic aid to Israel should be “on the table.”

“I think it is certainly on the table. I think it’s something that can be discussed,” the prominent progressiver lawmaker said on Yahoo’s “Skullduggery” podcast on Sunday.

Ocasio-Cortez said that newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to annex territory in the West Bank should be opposed by the US government. She also criticized Netanyahu as a “Trump-like figure.”

“I think these are part of conversations we are having in our caucus, but I think what we are really seeing is an ascent of authoritarianism across the world,” she said.

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The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) on Monday strongly criticized Ocasio-Cortez for her comments.

“We are pleased Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recognizes she is NOT a leader on Israel in Congress,” the group said in a statement. “We recommend she engage with Dem leaders Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey, & Ted Deutch before contemplating the future of US military aid to Israel.”

The JDCA emphasized US-Israel ties “must supersede politics.”

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