Sanders Doubles Down on Criticism of Israel's Conduct in 2014 War

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Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) stand on stage during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on April 14, 2016 in New York City.
Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) stand on stage during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate in Brooklyn, April 14.Credit: AFP

Sanders doubles down on criticism of Israel's conduct in 2014 war

In discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Sanders doubled down on his criticism of what he termed as Israel's disproportionate use of violence in during the 2014 conflict with Gaza, and went on to say that there comes a time when the U.S. has to say that "Netanyahu isn't right all of the time." 

On her part, Clinton took a strong pro-Israel stance, saying that Israel is seeking peace, and that Hamas deliberately placed its civilians in harm's way during the 2014 conflict.

"Of course Israel has the right to defend itself.  That's not up for debate," Sanders said, but added: "We had some 10,000 civilians who were wounded, 1,500 who were killed. Was that a disproportionate attack? I believe it was."

"As someone who's 100 percent pro-Israel, in the long run, if we're ever to bring peace we have to treat Palestinian people with respect and dignity," Sanders said.

Clinton said Israel did not invite the rocket attacks on its territory. "There's always second guessing when there's a war," she said. Clinton added that the U.S. should continue to pursues a two-state solution for the conflict, and added that had Yasser Arafat agreed to Ehud Barak's proposal in Camp David, there would have been a Palestinian state today.

When Sanders accused her of evading the question of the use of force in the Gaza conflict, Clinton responded by accusing Hamas of conducting warfare in a way which deliberately placed civilians in hazard. Clinton accused Hamas of turning Gaza into a "terrorist haven" after Israel left the area and "turned over the keys to the Palestinians."

Criticizing Clinton for not mentioning the Palestinians in her AIPAC speech, Sanders said that the U.S. needs to assume an evenhanded approach to the conflict if it intends to bring peace to the area.

"Describing the problem is easier than trying to solve it," Clinton responded, and stressed her fair role during negotiations between the sides in her position as secretary of state.

Regarding Sanders' criticism of Netanyahu, Clinton said that while no Israeli leader is always right, "it's a difficult position." It's difficult to seek peace when there's a terrorist group in Gaza that doesn't want you to exist, Clinton said.

Clinton attacks Sanders gun record; Sanders says won't apologize to Newtown families

Hillary Clinton says she's not blaming Vermont for gun violence in New York. But she also says most guns used in crimes in New York come from other states that don't have serious gun control efforts.

Clinton is attacking Bernie Sanders for his record on gun control and his previous support for liability protections for gun manufacturers.

She says Sanders talks frequently about the greed and recklessness of Wall Street. She says she is also concerned about the recklessness and greed of gun manufacturers and dealers.

Sanders says he doesn't owe the families of victims from the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings an apology. He's reminding voters of his support years ago for banning certain assault weapons.

Sanders says as a senator from a state with virtually no gun control, he's best qualified to create a consensus on the issue.

Clinton says will release Goldman Sachs transcripts when everybody does

Hillary Clinton is continuing to insist she will release transcripts of her paid speeches to Wall Street banks only when other presidential candidates do the same.

During the Democratic debate in Brooklyn, Clinton said that this was a "new" expectation of candidates and we should "set the same standard for everybody."

Clinton has been attacked on the speeches by Bernie Sanders, who cites them as evidence of her close relationships to the financial sector.

Clinton adds that she has released 30 years of tax returns and called on Sanders and Donald Trump to do the same.

Sanders says he would happily release all his speeches because "there were no speeches."

On his tax returns, he says he would release his information for 2014 on Friday, calling them "very boring tax returns" because "I remain one of the poor members of the United States Senate."

Sanders slams Clinton over Goldman Sachs speeches

Bernie Sanders is struggling to demonstrate how Hillary Clinton was influenced in her policies by donations from Wall Street, as he's often alleged.

Sanders was asked to name a specific decision Clinton made while serving in the Senate that he believes was influenced by campaign contributions from the nation's financial services industry.

Sanders says the obvious example is her response to the Great Recession.

Sanders says millions lost their homes because of greed, recklessness and lawbreaking by Wall Street. He says the obvious response was to break up fraudulent operators and says he introduced legislation to accomplish that.

Sanders says Clinton was busy giving high-paid speeches to Goldman Sachs.

Clinton says Sanders can't come up with an example because there isn't one. She says it's important to get the facts straight even if it's inconvenient.

Clinton, Sanders clash on banks

Hillary Clinton is trying to show Bernie Sanders isn't the only candidate ready to break up banks.

Clinton says she would order regulators to break up banks if they don't pass their stress tests or submit adequate "living wills" as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill.

Clinton says she would name regulators who "are tough enough and ready enough to break up" any bank that fails meet the law's requirements. Clinton says she wants to expand those standards to apply to hedge funds and insurance companies.

Sanders responds that he doesn't need Dodd-Frank's guidelines to tell him the banks are too big.

He says, "They are just too big — too much concentration of wealth and power."

Clinton booed when saying Sanders' attack was attack on Obama

Hillary Clinton is using President Barack Obama as a shield against Bernie Sanders' attacks on her campaign contributions.

Clinton was booed at Thursday night's debate when she said Sanders' attack was an attack on Obama. She says people may not like the answer, but insists Sanders is mounting a "phony attack."

Clinton says Obama had a super PAC when he ran for president, and took tens of millions of dollars from contributors. She says despite all that, Obama wasn't influenced by those factors when he signed the Dodd-Frank financial reforms into law.

Clinton says Sanders' attack is designed to raise questions despite there being no evidence to support his insinuations.

Clinton slams Sanders of Daily News interview

Hillary Clinton is swinging hard at Bernie Sanders in the opening round of the latest Democratic debate.

Clinton is pointing to a recent interview Sanders did with the editorial board of the New York Daily News.

She is noting the "kind of problems" Sanders had answering questions about breaking up big banks and saying he could not answer a number of questions on foreign policy.

Clinton says, "I think you need the judgment on day one to be both president and commander in chief."

Sanders is pushing back, questioning Clinton's judgment in supporting the war in Iraq and accepting support from super PACs.

He asks, "Do we really feel confident about a candidate saying she is going to bring change in America when she is so dependent on big money interests?"

Sanders: We're doing something radical, we're telling Americans the truth

Bernie Sanders says his campaign is doing as well at it is because he's doing something radical: telling Americans the truth.

Sanders is touting his recent wins in caucuses and primaries in his opening statement of Thursday night's Democratic debate. He's pointing out the progress he's made in preference polls since his campaign started.

Sanders says the U.S. can't move forward until the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United campaign finance case is overturned. He says the U.S. needs "real campaign reform" to prevent super PACs from buying elections.

Sanders says he's determined to end a "rigged economy" where the rich get richer and everyone else gets poorer. He says he wants to create an economy that works for everyone and not just the top 1 percent of Americans.

Clinton: we worked hard to keep New York values at the center of who we are

Hillary Clinton is pulling out her New York credentials fast.

In her opening statement at Thursday night's Democratic debate in her home state, Clinton beamed as she noted how happy she was to be in New York. She quickly noted her years as senator representing the state, saying "we faced difficult challenges together."

Clinton noted the Sept. 11 attacks, her support for first responders and her work trying to bring in jobs from "Buffalo to Albany."

She says "we worked hard to keep New York values at the center of who we are and what we do together."

Democratic debate under way

The final Democratic debate before next week's New York presidential primary is under way in Brooklyn, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders getting the first opening statement.

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