Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator whose insurgent campaign for the Democratic nomination will in all likelihood fall short of the necessary number of delegates needed for a White House run, is reportedly using his newfound political clout to extract concessions from the party on a host of issues, including Israel.
According to a report in The Washington Post, the Vermont senator will demand that the Democratic Party platform include an explicit statement that reflects "a more balanced position regarding Israel and the Palestinians."
Sanders is negotiating with Democratic Party leaders who are eager to form a united front and bring the Vermont senator's supporters into the fold so as to enable the presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, to focus her efforts on defeating the Republican pick, Donald Trump.
With the Democrats preparing for their national convention in Philadelphia this summer, party leaders are worried that Sanders' continued campaigning against Clinton will weaken her in the general election.
Although he has statistically no chance of surpassing Clinton in the delegate vote, Sanders has vowed to press on with his campaign in the hopes of advancing key aspects of his agenda and shaping the Democratic Party for years to come.