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Ocasio-Cortez Netanyahu is a Trump-like figure’


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized the reelection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of “the ascent of authoritarianism across the world.”

Interviewed Sunday on the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast, the freshman Democrat from New York added: “I think that Netanyahu is a Trump-like figure.”

Netanyahu, who was prime minister from 1996 to 1999 and has been again since 2009, was reelected last week after announcing plans to formally annex Jewish settlements on the West Bank — part of the territory seized by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War — where Palestinians hope to establish their own state. Ocasio-Cortez said U.S. policy toward Israel should be affected by the proposed annexation, and there are “conversations happening in our caucus.”

After Netanyahu’s victory, Trump, who in 2017 formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, congratulated the prime minister on “a great and hard-fought win,” writing that “The United States is with him and the People of Israel all the way!” He said Netanyahu’s victory presents a “better chance” for peace in the Middle East. Read more

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Ocasio-Cortez Netanyahu is a Trump-like figure’