Rep. Peter King Tells Dems: Pick Israel Over Obama


peter-kingRep. Peter King says President Obama’s weak Mideast policy is forcing House Democrats to make the difficult choice of either supporting Obama or supporting Israel.

“I hope they put our relationship with Israel above their relationship with Obama,” King (R-LI) said yesterday.

Flanked by Jewish community leaders at a press conference across from the United Nations, King rallied support for his legislation calling for the US to quit the UN Human Rights Council and its probe of the Israeli raid May 31 on a flotilla off Gaza.

Not a single House Democrat, including the entire New York City delegation, would sign on to that resolution introduced by King last week.

But King found Dems and Jewish leaders back in the city who also don’t trust the UN council, which regularly bashes Israel.

He was joined at the press conference by Democratic Assemblymen David Weprin and Rory Lancman, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and Jewish community leader Jeffrey Wiesenfeld.

“When the president goes abroad and apologizes for America, he is not making it clear that we are on Israel’s side,” King said. “I am concerned that not a single Democrat will go on the bill unless we take out the language about the UN.”

King has said that voicing support for Israel without taking on anti-Israeli forces within the US would be “meaningless, feel-good legislation.”

The Israeli raid on the flotilla that challenged the Jewish state’s naval blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza resulted in the deaths of nine pro-Palestinian activists on the ships.

Several House Democrats, including Rep. Mike McMahon (D-SI) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-LI), are working on an alternative resolution that vows support of Israel but does not penalize the UN.

Meanwhile, the White House called Israel’s proposal for a public commission to investigate the flotilla raid “an important step forward.”

{NY Post/Noam Israel}


  1. Please take a few minutes of your time to call
    Rep. Peter King’s office to thank him for his unwavering support of Israel.

  2. Response to #2:
    That is a wonderful idea. I just went onto the site and typed a short, two paragraph note thanking him for his unwavering support of Israel and applauding him for standing up for what is right.
    If Congressman King is flooded with thank you emails, it will have a tremendous positive impact on Israel.