Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was "pandering for votes from the extreme left" for her presidential campaign earlier this week when she agreed with activists she would push to end Israel's "occupation" of Gaza and the West Bank, Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., said Wednesday.
"Israel is a nation of hope, of freedom, of opportunity," Rep. Zeldin told Fox News' "Outnumbered Overtime." "It's our greatest ally in the region. There is a willingness on the part of Elizabeth Warren and some of these other presidential candidates to attack Israel, to begin that relationship, in order to have what they hope to be a better path toward a Democratic presidential nomination."
Sen. Warren agreed with activists with the left-wing Jewish group "If Not Now"she would take the anti-Israel stance, according to a video it posted online. A group of activists approached her for a photo while she was campaigning Monday in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and asked if she would push Israel's government to end corruption, reports The Washington Examiner.
Zeldin said her comments were "greatly unfortunate," as they did not accurately describe the situation, because with Gaza, "there is no Israeli occupation" there.
"You have disputed territory in the West Bank, Judea, and Sumeria, and you have Hamas-controlled territory," Zeldin said.
The "reasonable thing" for Warren to have said would have been there is a "small strip of land with 1.7 million people being governed by a designated foreign terrorist organization in Hamas that denies humanitarian aid to enter their area," Zeldin said. "It uses women and children as human shields, incites violence, has murdered civilians. We as Americans should all come together to fight for human rights."
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