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Note: Congressman Baird is not seeking re-election.
March 02, 2010
Amid an escalating humanitarian situation Gaza, U.S. Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) is calling on the United States to break Israel’s blockade to deliver aid relief to the Palestinians living in the strip. Baird says the US needs to show Israel it is serious about resolving the Palestinian crisis – even if it means threatening to withhold money or military aid from its biggest ally. The Democratic congressman’s efforts to lift the Israeli blockade on Gaza are being met with stiff resistance in America. Baird discusses the taboo against questioning US support for Israel in US politics, as well as the need to begin negotiating with Hamas to help resolve the conflict.