Sanders joined Senate Republicans in blocking an aid bill for Israel and Ukraine on Wednesday. He tells NPR that Israel has the right to go to war with Hamas, but not "against the Palestinian people."
Democrats want Israel and Ukraine funding to be linked together. House Republicans are proposing a standalone bill with roughly $14 billion for Israel offset with cuts to the Internal Revenue Service.
The U.S. is ceasing aid to the Palestinians as a new anti-terror law takes effect Friday but will continue efforts to coordinate between Palestinians and Israelis.
The White House has blocked efforts to finish U.S.-funded infrastructure projects in the West Bank and Gaza before a Feb. 1 aid cutoff date.
The State Department announced the Trump administration's decision to cut assistance to Palestinians on Friday. It said the money will now be redirected to "high-priority projects elsewhere."
The Trump administration's release of $195 million for the Middle Eastern nation's security spending, frozen last year over rights concerns, has left experts stunned and deeply worried.
The president has banned U.S. aid to any health organization in another country that performs or promotes abortion. Kenya's oldest provider of reproductive health services has already lost funding.
When the president took action to block U.S. foreign aid funding of groups linked to abortion, a Dutch government official started fundraising.