Sanders aban­dons pro­gres­sives’ sup­port for Gaza cease­fire because Hamas wants ‘per­ma­nent war’

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I‑VT) explained Sun­day that the rea­son he does not sup­port a per­ma­nent cease­fire between Israel and the Hamas ter­ror­ist group is because Hamas wants “per­ma­nent war” with Israel.
The Ver­mont sen­a­tor’s oppo­si­tion to a per­ma­nent cease­fire comes as many Demo­c­ra­t­ic law­mak­ers have called for one, includ­ing Reps. Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez (D‑NY), Jamaal Bow­man (D‑NY), Rashi­da Tlaib (D‑MI), and Ilhan Omar (D‑MN). Sanders said that while he con­tin­ues to sup­port efforts to free hostages that Hamas is hold­ing, he believes that a per­ma­nent cease­fire is not the solu­tion to the Gaza con­flict.
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“In terms of a per­ma­nent cease­fire, I don’t know how you can have a per­ma­nent cease­fire with Hamas, who has said before Oct. 7 and after Oct. 7 that they want to destroy Israel, they want a per­ma­nent war,” Sanders said on CBS This Morn­ing. “I don’t know how you have a per­ma­nent cease­fire with an atti­tude like that.”

Sanders was also asked if he believed Israel’s war with Hamas is jus­ti­fied because of the ter­ror­ist group’s desire for a nev­er-end­ing war, to which the inde­pen­dent sen­a­tor replied that he believed Israel “has a righ …