I am deeply saddened by the horrific slaughter of at least 52 Palestinian protestors and injuries to thousands more by Israeli forces. No doubt this will spark claims that Israel has a right to defend itself — and it does. But this has nothing to do with defense.
We are witnessing the use of unabated brutality and force against civilians to stifle civil unrest. America must expect and demand more from its close allies.
The disingenuousness of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s claim that the new U.S. Embassy is any part of a “pursuit of peace” is exposed by the Israeli soldiers meeting expected protesters onsite with gunfire at close range.
I remain a strong supporter of Israel and the two state solution and urge both sides, the Palestinians and Israelis, to cease the senseless violence.
So long as unrest is met with bloodshed, cries for peace ring hollow and hopes for a better future in the region will remain nothing more than a dream.

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And yet, while this dark episode was unprecedented, it was entirely consistent with the behavior he has displayed each day for well over the last four years.
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Aside from the crises we face, Republican officials have betrayed their oaths to the constitution and continue to undermine the most sacred pillars of American democracy in the eyes of the world for nearly nothing—to send fundraising emails and appease Trump's fragile ego. 2/X
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Yesterday, a day before a grand jury chose not to charge him, one of the officers who broke into Breonna Taylor's home and shot her to death wrote, "I know we did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night." [1/4]
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