UPDATED 8:18 AM PT — Wednesday, June 12, 2019
2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg’is issuing a stern warning to Israel, saying he’ll cut off aid to the country if it annexes the West Bank.
The South Bend mayor made the comment Tuesday at Indiana University, marking his first major speech on foreign policy. Buttigieg spent most of the address slamming President Trump for his approach to North Korea as well as his position to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal.
His comments regarding Israel come in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatening to annex parts of the West Bank.
“Just as an American patriot may oppose the policies of the American president, a supporter of Israel may also oppose the policies of the Israeli right-wing government,” stated Buttigieg. “A two state solution that achieves legitimate Palestinian aspirations and meets Israel’s security needs remains the only viable way forward, and it will be our policy to support such a solution actively.
The latest efforts appear to show his recent shift to the left on the issue.
“If Prime Minster Netanyahu makes good on his threat to annex West Bank settlements, he should know that a President Buttigieg would take steps to ensure that American tax payers won’t help foot the bill,” threatened the presidential hopeful.