“We give Israel more than $3 million in aid every year,” she said. “This is predicated on they’re being an important ally in the region and the ‘only democracy’ in the Middle East,” making air quotes with her fingers.

“But denying a visit to duly elected members of Congress is not consistent with being an ally, and denying millions of people freedom of movement or expression or self-determination is not consistent with being a democracy,” she said.

“We must be asking, as Israel’s ally, the Netanyahu government stop the expansion of settlements on Palestinian land, and ensure full rights for Palestinians if we are to give them aid. These are not just my views. These are the views held by the range of experts, peace advocates on this issue.”