In an interview today, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) had strong words for President Obama’s recent attempts to take a harder stance with Israel.
Schumer called the administration’s stance “counter-productive” and said he had planned to “blast” Obama if he didn’t back off from his “terrible” posture toward Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“This has to stop,” he said of the administration’s policy of publicly pressuring Israel to end construction in Jerusalem.
“I told the President, I told Rahm Emanuel and others in the administration that I thought the policy they took to try to bring about negotiations is counter-productive, because when you give the Palestinians hope that the United States will do its negotiating for them, they are not going to sit down and talk,” Schumer said. . . .
Schumer said the White House had backed off that statement, but that now “many of us are pushing back, some of the Jewish members will be meeting with the President next week or the week after, and we are saying that this has to stop.”
“You have to show Israel that it’s not going to be forced to do things it doesn’t want to do and can’t do. At the same time you have to show the Palestinians that they are not going to get their way by just sitting back and not giving in, and not recognizing that there is a state of Israel,” Schumer said. “And right now there is a battle going on inside the administration, one side agrees with us, one side doesn’t, and we’re pushing hard to make sure the right side wins and if not we’ll have to take it to the next step.”
More, including a full transcript, here.
I, for one, have never questioned this administration’s commitment to Israel or its love for the Jewish people. Why just yesterday they appointed Jacob J. Jew to a prominent ambassadorship in Africa. Oh, wait. It’s Jacob J. Lew. Oops.