Bernie Sanders: ‘Level playing field’ needed in Israeli-Arab peace brokering

Bernie Sanders, speaking in an Arab-American stronghold, says he would aim for a “level playing field” in US Middle East policy.

Sanders tells a rally in Dearborn, Michigan that brokering Israeli-Arab peace is daunting.

“For decades now there has been hatred and warfare in the Middle East, everybody knows it,” he says. “We’ve had some presidents — Carter, Clinton others — who have tried their best to resolve it. All I can tell you is I will make every single effort to bring rational people on both sides together so that hopefully we can have a level playing field, the United States treating everybody in that region equally.”

“I know, I know there are people of good will in Israel and the Arab communities, this is not an easy task, but it is a task that we must pursue,” Sanders said. “We cannot continue to have for another 60 years with the kind of hatred and conflict that exists in the Middle East,” he says.

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