Meet the foreign policy teams shaping the Democratic Party’s views on Israel

Sen. Bernie Sanders (Courtesy of J Street), Joe Biden (Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Matt Johnson/CC BY 2.0).
Sen. Bernie Sanders (Courtesy of J Street), Joe Biden (Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Matt Johnson/CC BY 2.0).
The advisers of the Democratic candidates offer a deeper look into what their policies on Israel-Palestine would be once they enter the White House.

By Alex Kane  | +972 Magazine | Feb 24, 2020

…there is a big difference between who is advising the progressives in the race — Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren — and who is advising the establishment candidates, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is doing something no American politician has done before: running as the Democratic front-runner for president while harshly criticizing Israel.

Just last Tuesday, Sanders slammed Israel’s “right-wing racist government” during a CNN town hall in Nevada, four days before he won a resounding victory in the state’s caucuses. On Sunday, he announced that he would not attend the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), stating he was “concerned about the platform AIPAC provides leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights.”

When Sanders criticizes Israel in this way, he is not merely expressing his own personal beliefs. His remarks are also the outcome of the work of a foreign policy team that is helping to hone Sanders’ thinking on Israel – and which, in turn, is dramatically reshaping the national debate on what U.S. policy toward the Jewish state should be.

Sanders is not alone. Most candidates competing for the Democratic presidential nomination have a top foreign policy adviser and a team of experts to buttress their foreign policy platform. And like the candidates themselves, there is a big difference between who is advising the progressives in the race — Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren — and who is advising the establishment candidates, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Read the full article here →