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Ocasio-Cortez Supports 2 States


This may be considered a postscript to “Is Dem/Socialist Candidate Anti-Israel?” 

Margaret Hoover, a great granddaughter of Pres. Herbert Hoover, has renewed the legacy of William Buckley’s “Firing Line” TV franchise on PBS.  Unlike Buckley, however, her hosting style is to politely question and discuss issues rather than to aggressively debate guests with opposing political leanings.  She describes herself as “center-right,” and as a panelist in a recent episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO, revealed herself as firmly in the camp of anti-Trump conservatives. 

The guest on her July 13th show was none other than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the likely new Representative in Congress from Joseph Crowley’s Bronx and Queens district.  As indicated by The Forward’s Batya Ungar-Sargon, when questioned on her controversial remark that Israel committed a “massacre” against Gazans mobilized against the Israeli border, she said that this was what she saw through a “human rights lens” and that she firmly believes in Israel’s right to exist and in a two-state solution; she also admitted in a good-natured way, to not knowing a lot about the issue, when she stumbled in explaining what she meant by the “occupation of Palestine”:

“I think what I meant is the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas, in some of these areas where Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in accessing their houses and homes.”

Their discussion on Israel and Palestine begins a little past 18 and a half minutes of this 27-minute video recording online.  

P.S. Batya Ungar-Sargon has just updated her reporting, showing how Ocasio-Cortez has run into a buzzsaw on Israel, being attacked from both the right and left: “The right will oppose anyone who dares speak up against the occupation, even if they do so from a place where they acknowledge Israel’s right to exist. And the far left will oppose anyone who dares acknowledge Israel has a right to exist, even if they are committed to solving Israel’s civil rights abuses against the Palestinians.”

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