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Democratic and Republican senators block each other’s resolutions on Gaza violence

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 25, 2021, examining wages at large profitable corporations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 25, 2021, examining wages at large profitable corporations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

Republican Senator Rick Scott and Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders blocked each other’s resolutions on the ongoing violence in Israel and Gaza.

Scott’s resolution reinforced US support for Israel to defend itself by “whatever means necessary” amid its conflict with Hamas.

Sanders’ resolution called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and for supporting diplomatic efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

They both sought to pass their resolutions by unanimous consent, and because each blocked the others’, neither passed.

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