WATCH: Senate debates resolution for human rights report on U.S. aid to Israel for Gaza war

Politics Updated on Jan 16, 2024 8:44 PM EST — Published on Jan 16, 2024 3:32 PM EST WASHINGTON (AP) — In a notable test Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders forced colleagues to decide whether to investigate human rights abuses in the Israel-Hamas war, a step toward potentially limiting U.S. military aid to Israel as its devastating attacks on Gaza grind past 100 days. Watch the debate in the player above. Senators overwhelmingly rejected the effort, a first of its kind tapping into a decades-old law that would require the U.S. State Department to, within 30 days, produce a report on whether the Israeli war effort in Gaza is violating human rights and international accords. If the administration failed to do so, U.S. military aid to Israel, long assured without question, could be quickly halted. But the roll call vote begins to reveal the depth of unease among U.S. lawmakers over Israel’s prosecution of the war against Hamas. With no apparent end to the bombardment, Israel’s attacks against Palestinians , an attempt to root out Hamas leaders, are viewed by some as disproportional to the initial terrorist attack on Israel. In all, 11 senators joined Sanders in the procedural vote, mostly Democrats from across the party’s spectrum, while 72 opposed. “To my mind, Israel has the absolute right to defend itself from Hamas’ barbaric terrorist attack on October 7, no question about that,” Sanders told AP during an interview Monday ahead of the vote. “But what Israel does not have a right to do — using military assistance from the United States — does not have the right to go to war against the entire Palestinian people ,” said Sanders, the independent from Vermont. “And in my view, that’s what has been happening.” WATCH: South Africa tells top UN court […]

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