Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "overreacted" by launching Operation Protective Edge, the Israeli military offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip last summer, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told Rolling Stone magazine.
Sanders, the Brooklyn-born liberal senator from Vermont, was asked which policy his administration would adopt as it relates to the Middle East.
"The United States will support the security of Israel, help Israel fight terrorist attacks against that country and maintain its independence," the Jewish senator said. "But under my administration, the United States will maintain an even-handed approach to the area."
"I believe in a two-state solution, where Israel has security and the Palestinians have a state of their own," he told Rolling Stone. "The United States has got to work with the Palestinian people in improving their standard of living, which is now a disaster, and has been made much worse since the war in Gaza."