New Bipartisan Consensus on Israel
By Stephen M.
March 9, 2018
Street and the radical wing of the Democratic Party have worked hard in recent
years to chip away at the party’s traditional support for Israel. And
they’ve made some progress — to judge by recent public opinion
polls –in the changes in the Democratic Party platform and the number of
Democratic congressmen who have signed J Street’s letters criticizing Israel.
a speech at the AIPAC conference, made by the senior US senator from New York,
Chuck Schumer, has struck a powerful blow against those trends in his party.
the Senate minority leader, Schumer is the most powerful figure in the
Democratic Party today.
he said to AIPAC has established 10 principles of a new American political
consensus concerning Israel and the Palestinians. And J Street is far outside of
Tearing down Jewish settlements will not bring peace.
some say there are some who argue the settlements are the reason there’s not
peace,” said Schumer. “But we all know what happened in Gaza. Israel
voluntarily got rid of the settlements there, the Israeli soldiers dragged the
settlers out of Netzarim, and three weeks later, the Palestinians threw rockets
into Sderot. It’s sure not the settlements that are the blockage to peace.”
Giving more Israeli lands to the Palestinians will not bring peace.
say it’s the borders,” Schumer told the AIPAC conference. “But they forget
during the negotiations in 2000, Ehud Barak was making huge territorial
concessions that most Israelis didn’t like, it was [Palestinian head Yasser]
Arafat who rejected the settlement. It’s not the borders, either.”
Making concessions on Jerusalem will not bring peace.
“And [the obstacle to peace is] certainly not because we’ve moved the
embassy to where it should belong in Yerushalayim [Jerusalem]. It’s not that
Most Palestinians do not accept Israel’s existence.
reason “why we don’t have peace,” Schumer said, is “because the fact of
the matter is that too many Palestinians and too many Arabs do not want any
Jewish state in the Middle East.”
The Torah says that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews.
may not be politically correct to acknowledge Israel’s biblical right to the
Jewish homeland. But it’s a fact that is acknowledged by millions of Jews and
tens of millions of Bible-believing Christians. We don’t have to feel
embarrassed to say it, just as the senator was not embarrassed to say: “Of
course, we say it’s our land. The Torah says it.”
Israel remains vulnerable.
generation that has grown up with an Israel that seems almost invincible has to
be reminded that creation of a Palestinian state would reduce Israel to just
nine miles wide, as it was before the 1967 Six-Day War.
recalled walking through the corridors of his high school in Brooklyn that
Spring, his radio glued to his ear, “deathly worried that Israel would just be
pushed into the sea by the Arab onslaught. … Now, the younger generation
never experienced this. They haven’t lived through a time when Israel’s very
existence was balanced on the edge of a knife.”
The Palestinian Authority isn’t “moderate.”
great myth of the Oslo era was that the Palestinian leadership genuinely made
peace and rejected terrorism. “Too many believe that this Palestinian
Authority is moderate and really wants peace.” But it does not, declared
The Palestinian Authority (PA) actively supports terrorism.
not just that the PA leaders are unreasonable and extreme; they directly support
terrorism. “The dark truth,” Schumer said, is “that the Palestinian
Authority, every day, actively aids and abets terrorism.”
The PA’s payments to terrorists must cease.
PA can’t disguise its payments to imprisoned terrorists and the families of
dead terrorists. It can’t pretend they are “social welfare” payments. It
cannot route them through a third party. What it must do, Schumer said, is to
“cease making payments to the families of terrorists.” Period.
The PA must stop glorifying terrorists.
not a case of “we have our heroes, and they have theirs.” It’s not a
matter of “what they do is their business.” Glorifying terrorists encourages
more terrorism. “The PA has to stop calling them martyrs,” said Schumer, and
“stop giving them parades.”
leadership of the Democrats, as represented by Schumer, has now in effect joined
hands with the leadership of the Republicans — and the majority of
the American public — when it comes to Israel.
Street and other harassers of the Jewish state have been left behind in the
dust. A powerful new pro-Israel consensus has been reaffirmed. I hope it
continues to grow.