Sen. Chuck Schumer obviously doesn’t know recent history. It was Pres. George W. Bush who pushed the Palestinians to vote before they were ready, thus delivering Hamas. Even Liz Cheney got that much right.
It was bad enough when Schumer slammed Pres. Obama on his Middle East policy. But on this subject, it’s hard to believe he could be so brazen, but that’s politics today on the Middle East. Think Progress has the transcript:
SCHUMER: The Palestinian people still don’t believe in the Jewish state, in a two-state solution. More do than before, but a majority still do not. Their fundamental view is, the Europeans treated the Jews badly and gave them our land – this is Palestinian thinking [...] They don’t believe in the Torah, in David [...] You have to force them to say Israel is here to stay. The boycott of Gaza to me has another purpose – obviously the first purpose is to prevent Hamas from getting weapons by which they will use to hurt Israel – but the second is actually to show the Palestinians that when there’s some moderation and cooperation, they can have an economic advancement. When there’s total war against Israel, which Hamas wages, they’re going to get nowhere. And to me, since the Palestinians in Gaza elected Hamas, while certainly there should be humanitarian aid and people not starving to death, to strangle them economically until they see that’s not the way to go, makes sense.
This is your Democratic Party hierarchy, folks. Chuck Schumer, one of the people who also stuck his fingers in labors’ eye after Tuesday’s election results of Blanche Lincoln by saying: “Fighting Wall Street with one hand, unions with the other.” Now he wades into Middle East policy again.
Who does he think he is? Pres. Obama doesn’t need this right now.