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Blinken, Sanders and Graham offer differing views on the latest State Department report on Israel’s possible humanitarian violations in Gaza

In the wake of a new report suggesting that Israel may have violated international humanitarian law during military operations in Gaza, high-profile guests appeared on Sunday morning shows to share their views on the subject.

The 46-page report, released Friday by the State Department, also found that it is impossible to verify whether or not US-supplied weapons were used by Israel in Gaza in actions that may violate international human rights law violated. Since the October 7 attacks, which left an estimated 1,200 dead in Israel, nearly 35,000 Palestinians and more than 600 Israeli soldiers have been killed in the ongoing war, according to multiple reports.

In an interview with NBC’s Meet the press, Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized that the US does not apply “double standards” toward Israel in holding the country accountable for possible humanitarian crimes. He later told CBS Confront the nation that it is “very difficult” to draw definitive conclusions about whether or not Israel used US-supplied weapons in its attacks on Gaza.

Meanwhile, in separate interviews with Meet the pressRepublican Senator. Lindsey Grahamfrom South Carolina, compared the consequences of the war between Israel and Hamas to that of World War II, while Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders declared that Israel “should not receive another penny of military aid.”

Here are some key takeaways from their interviews.

Blinken emphasized that the US treats Israel with the same accountability as any other country when it comes to humanitarian crimes, noting that the US and Israel currently have “hundreds” of ongoing investigations looking into specific incidents.

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“Israel has both the means and the will to police itself,” Blinken said Meet the press host Kristen Welker. “But our own process, which has been going on for months to look at individual incidents, will also continue.”

Blinken later defended Biden’s decision to delay sending bombs to Israel if it attacks Rafah in southern Gaza.

“If Israel launches this major military operation in Rafah, there are certain systems that we are not going to support and provide for that operation,” he said. Confront the nation host Margaret Brennan. “But right now the only thing we’ve been delaying and holding back are these high-payload bombs.”

Following the recently released report, Blinken said: “It is reasonable to assess that in a number of cases Israel has failed to act in a manner consistent with international humanitarian law.”

He added that the US is in “active discussions” with Israel about whether these weapons will indeed be delivered.

“We believe two things,” Blinken said. “First, you have to have a clear, credible plan to protect civilians, which we haven’t seen yet. Second, we also need to see a plan for what happens after this conflict in Gaza is over. And we still haven’t seen that.”

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On Meet the pressSanders advocated that the US cut off all military aid to Israel as a means to an end.

“[Israel] has not only gone to war against Hamas; A war has been waged against the entire Palestinian people and the results have been absolutely catastrophic,” Sanders told Welker. “According to humanitarian organizations, we are looking at the likelihood that hundreds of thousands of children will starve.”

Graham took a different approach when Welker pressed him about Biden’s decision to delay bomb shipments from Israel, calling it the “worst decision in the history of the US-Israel relationship.”

“Give Israel the bombs they need to end the war they cannot afford to lose, and work with them to minimize casualties,” Graham said. “When you tell the world that you are going to restrict the supply of weapons to the Jewish state, which is waging a war for its survival, it emboldens Iran and Hamas.”

Welker asked Sanders about recent statements he made calling the war between Israel and Hamas “Biden’s Vietnam,” criticizing the president for supplying Israel with weapons.

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“I think there are a lot of people in the Democratic base who are concerned about his support for Israel in this war,” Sanders said, without answering the question directly. He then defended Biden’s choice to potentially withhold more aid: “I certainly support the president who says it’s absurd to supply Israel with two-thousand-pound bombs that could destroy an entire square block in the middle of Rafah, an incredibly densely populated area. could be razed to the ground. .”

Later Meet the pressGraham told Welker that former President Donald Trump will be a stronger ally of Israel than Biden.

“President Trump is ready to win,” Graham said. “He said last night when it comes to Israel, ‘I will stand with them.’ ‘I will give them what they need.’”

On May 9, Trump spoke about Biden’s decision to withhold military aid to Israel in an interview with Spectrum News 1 from North Carolina.

‘There has been no president [that] has ever done anything close to what I did for Israel,” he said, later adding, “I wouldn’t do what Biden did. He just abandoned Israel. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

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