Sanders to offer resolution on Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire

Sanders to offer resolution on Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire
© Greg Nash

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBriahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' Lawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action MORE (I-Vt.), a leading progressive voice in Congress, will offer a resolution on the Senate floor Wednesday calling for an immediate cease-fire between the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas.

Sanders will ask senators to adopt his resolution by unanimous consent at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

It states that “whereas every Palestinian life matters” and “every Israeli life matters,” the Senate urges an immediate cease-fire to prevent further loss of life and further escalation of the conflict in Israeli and Palestinian territories.

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The resolution also says the Senate supports diplomatic efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to uphold international law and to protect the human rights of Israelis and Palestinians.

Sanders’s proposal is worded more moderately than recent statements by other high-profile progressives, such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez, Bush criticize lack of diversity among negotiators on latest infrastructure deal Fetterman slams Sinema over infrastructure: 'Democrats need to vote like Democrats' House passes spending bill to boost Capitol Police and Hill staffer pay MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse passes spending bill to boost Capitol Police and Hill staffer pay Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water MORE (D-Mich.).

Ocasio-Cortez is planning to introduce a resolution to disapprove of a $735 million U.S. weapons sale to Israel. The Democratic chairmen of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs committees have already signed off on the sale.

“The United States should not be rubber-stamping weapons sales to the Israeli government as they deploy our resources to target international media outlets, schools, hospitals, humanitarian missions and civilian sites for bombing. We have a responsibility to protect human rights,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Wednesday.