Schumer: I'm on a Mission From God (to Be Israel's Guardian in Senate)
(Huffington Post) -- By MJ Rosenberg --
...Sen. Chuck Schumer told a New York radio station last week that after the Obama administration hit Israel hard on its settlement policy, "I called up Rahm Emanuel and I called up the White House and I said, 'If you don't retract that statement you are going to hear me publicly blast you on this.'"
He added that there were two groups within the White House. One would give Israel the usual pass and the other wants the US to put pressure on Israel (and Palestinians).
"We're pushing hard to make sure the right side wins and if not we'll have to take it to the next step," he said.
He concluded that God, himself, deputized him to be Israel's man in the Senate:
"You know, my name .... comes from the word shomer, guardian, watcher. My ancestors were guardians of the ghetto wall in Chortkov. And I believe Hashem [Orthodox for God] actually gave me that name. One of my roles, very important in the United States senate, is to be a shomer -- to be a or the shomer Yisrael. And I will continue to be that with every bone in my body ..."
Then there are these quotes from Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to the Zionist Organization of America that is currently organizing opposition to President Obama and to any negotiations with Palestinians. Its leader, Morton Klein, is well-known for the hate speech he directs at Arabs and Muslims. If ZOA was a Muslim organization, these same members of Congress would be demanding that it be investigated for its hate rhetoric but, for these extremists, 30 House members show up for their banquet.
"Settlements illegal? - 'they're not as far as I'm concerned...There's no immediate prospect of a (peace) settlement that can be enforced.'..."
"Israel is the 'best ally the United States has in the Middle East, but I would argue the best ally in the world.'...If US pressures Israel 'you're going to hear it from me. Aid to Palestinians until the Palestinians return to the negotiating table, we should not give them another dollar, another shekel...A lot we need to do & ZOA is doing it...We are patriotic Americans when we stand up for Eretz Israel."
And on May 6, in Room 2261 Rayburn House Office Building at 2 PM, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) will host a session on the subject: "If terrorists Are Glorified, How Can There Be Peace?"
The one speaker will be Itamar Marcus, founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch. PMW is a nasty organization dedicated to the proposition that all Palestinians -- Fatah, Hamas, whatever -- are the same and should be treated as the terrorists they are.
Of course, that view contradicts US policy, which is built on the assumption (demonstrated by their conduct) that the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad are dedicated to peace with Israel and are ideal negotiating partners for the Israeli government. (Surprisingly, the Netanyahu government agrees.)
Nonetheless, a United States Congressman is using his position to promote an organization whose sole purpose is smearing an American ally (the government of Abbas and Fayyad) and subverting US policy in the Middle East (support for the two-state solution). What a disgrace...MORE...LINK
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