The letter, addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, also said that the annexation “would actively damage the prospects for a future in which all Israelis and Palestinians can live with the highest equality, human rights and dignity and lay the foundations for Israel became an apartheid state, as your predecessor John Kerry warned in 2014. “
The Ocasio-Cortez office said that the trigger for conditioning aid includes settlements and other policies that are “laying the foundation” for annexation.
AIPAC said on Twitter “opposes the letter from which it is circulated [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez] ̵
Progressives have sought to increase support for conditioning aid to Israel if the nation progresses with annexation. About 1,000 former students of the J Street student arm, J Street U, signed a separate statement urging the organization to “support legislation that would reduce American military assistance to Israel if it decided to unilaterally annex large parts of the West Bank.” Ocasio-Cortez’s office said that groups like IfNotNow, Arab American Institute, Jewish Voice for Peace Action and Demand Progress have given their support behind his letter.
Joe Biden, the alleged Democratic presidential candidate, does not support conditional aid to Israel. AIPAC stated in its statement that Ocasio-Cortez’s letter “rejects President Obama’s commitment to security assistance to Israel” and that “Congress must continue to fully implement Obama’s commitment- @ JoeBiden “.
Together with Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, McCollum and Jayapal, the letter was signed by representatives Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Raul Grijalva, André Carson, Nydia Velázquez, Bobby Rush, Jesús “Chuy” Garcia and Danny Davis, as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders.