Bernie Sanders: Dual Citizenship and a Two-State Solution

Wednesday, Jun 10 2015 10 a.m. (ET)

  • 10:30:37

    REHM

    Senator, you have dual citizenship with Israel.

  • 10:30:43

    SANDERS

    Well, no, I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I’m an — I don’t know where that questioning came from. I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions. No, I’m an American citizen, period.

  • 10:30:55

    REHM

    I understand from a list we have gotten that you were on that list. Forgive me if that is…

  • 10:31:03

    SANDERS

    Now that’s some of the nonsense that goes on in the Internet, but that is absolutely not true.

  • 10:31:08

    REHM

    Interesting. Are there members of Congress who do have dual citizenship, or is that part of the fable?

  • 10:31:18

    SANDERS

    I honestly don’t know, but I have read that on the Internet. You know, my dad came to this country from Poland at the age of 17 without a nickel in his pocket, loved this country. I am, you know, I get offended a little bit by that comment, and I know it’s been on the Internet. I am an American — obviously an American citizen, and I do not have any dual citizenship.

  • 10:31:36

    REHM

    All right, tell me your feeling about whether there should be a two-state solution. Should Palestine be given statehood?

  • 10:31:52

    SANDERS

    Absolutely. What you have in that part of the world is an unspeakable tragedy, and it seems like it’s never ending, and it seems like every year it gets worse and worse and more killing and more bombings and everything else. And again, Diane, if I had the magical solution to that problem, I would be in the president’s office today giving it. I don’t have it. But clearly the goals are twofold. Number one, the Palestinian people, in my view, deserve a state of their own. They deserve an economy of their own. They deserve economic support from the people of our country.

  • 10:32:27

    SANDERS

    And Israel needs to be able to live in security, without terrorist attacks. And those are the goals, I think, of any sensible foreign policy in that region.

  • 10:32:38

    REHM

    How do you believe President Obama’s relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu has affected our relationship with Israel?

  • 10:32:53

    SANDERS

    Well, I’ve got to tell you, I’m not a great fan of President Netanyahu. I did not attend the speech that he joint — the speech that he gave between the — before the joint session of Congress. I think it was opportunistic. I think he was using it as part of his campaign for re-election. I think he was being used or did use the Republicans to go behind the president’s back. And, you know, I think in that region, sadly on both sides, I don’t think we have the kind of leadership that we need.

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