Press EscJune 13, 2007
14 out of the 19 US Presidential candidates have vowed to continue American support for Israel’s occupation of Palestine territories, and five of them also go as far as to support the ’security wall’ dividing Israel from the West Bank which has been ruled as illegal by the International Court of Justice, according to a policy brief released by the Council on Foreign Relations.
Democrats Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich and Bill Richardson are joined by Republican cadidate Ron Paul as the only candidates who oppose Israeli policies.
The position of Republican hopeful John H. Cox is unknown.
Leading Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and Republicans Duncan Hunter, Mitt Romney and Tom Tancredo have all come in support of the ’security wall’.
Clinton cosponsored the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006 that deemed the Palestinian Authority a terrorist organization and cut off all U.S. funding until it renounces terrorism, acknowledges Israel’s right to exist, and holds up its former agreements with Israel.
The seven other co-sponsors for the bill included Clinton’s party rivals Barack Obama, Joseph R. Biden, Christopher J. Dodd, and Republicans Sam Brownback, John McCain and Tancredo.
Brownback and Rudy Giuliani insist that Palestinian’s recognize an ‘undivided’ Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, while hunter believes that Israel should not give up “one inch” of territory.