Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Sunday decried the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent victory as part of “the ascent of authoritarianism across the world.”
In an interview with Yahoo News’ podcast “Skullduggery,” the congresswoman said that Netanyahu’s re-election should affect American policy on Israel.
"I think these are part of conversations we are having in our caucus, but I think what we're really seeing is the ascent of authoritarianism across the world," Ocasio-Cortez said. "I think that Netanyahu is a Trump-like figure, and I think that we — there are so many ways to approach this issue. Betty McCollum even has a proposal that she's advanced asking the us not to fund child detention, Israeli child detention of Palestinian children. There's different ways to signal it. I would hope and wish that a diplomatic approach could impact policy.”
Co-host Daniel Klaidman asked if she would “be in favor of reducing military or economic aid to Israel?”
The congresswoman said that reducing aid is “certainly on the table, and I think it's something that can be discussed, and I think that—and I also acknowledge my role in in this as well in that I hope to play a facilitating role in this conversation and a supportive role in this conversation… But I think that we need to expand what those policy conversations are because I would — as just a citizen of this country — I would be very concerned if Trump started really pursuing more and more and more increasingly dangerous policies, and everyone just standing aside saying this is normal.”