Bernie Sanders calls Hamas a 'terrorist group' but says Israeli government has 'overt racists'

Sanders, I-Vt., made the comments in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” in the aftermath of a cease-fire last week that ended 11 days of fighting between Hamas and Israel. The fighting resulted in more than 200 deaths as Hamas fired rockets indiscriminately into Israeli territory and Israel responded with punishing airstrikes against the terror group in Gaza. 

Pressed on how the U.S. can take an “evenhanded” approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when the Hamas terrorist group does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, Sanders slammed the Netanyahu government, saying it is not innocent in the hostilities. 

“What you have got to do is also understand that over the years the Netanyahu government has become extremely right-wing. And that there are people in the Israeli government now who are overt racists,” Sanders told the CBS program. “You have in West Jerusalem people being evicted from their homes. Tremendous pressure on people within Israel, the Arab community, as well as Gaza.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives before President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. Sanders said that there are "overt racists" in the Israeli government in an interview on CBS on Sunday. (Photo by Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images)

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives before President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. Sanders said that there are “overt racists” in the Israeli government in an interview on CBS on Sunday. (Photo by Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images)

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