Schumer: Settlements No Obstacle to Peace

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schumerSenator Chuck Schumer took the Obama administration to task for its Middle East policy on Sunday. What Obama must realize is that Arab refusal to recognize the Jewish state, and not Israelis in Judea and Samaria, is the obstacle to peace, he said.

“My basic view is very simple,” Schumer told his audience at the Agudath Yisrael breakfast in New York. “The reason we don’t have peace in the Middle East is because a large percentage, I would say the majority…. of Palestinians and Arabs do not believe there should be a Jewish state anywhere in the Middle East. Period.”

President Barack Obama’s decision to criticize Israel over construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria was “counterproductive,” he said. America’s position on Jewish communities was “to the left of the PA” at one point, he added. Schumer noted that he made his objections known at the time, both in private meetings and publicly.

“Anyone who thinks the settlements are the cause of the problem, all they have to do is look at Gaza,” he said. Israel withdrew from Gaza completely, “and what was the response? Missiles on Sderot!” Schumer recalled.

What Obama and America should do for peace is to make it known that America’s ties with Israel cannot be broken, he said. “By giving the Palestinian and the Arab world hope that they can break the tie between the U.S. and Israel, you don’t further the cause of peace, you set back the cause of peace… If they think the tie is immutable, they will say, well maybe we should throw in the towel and have some kind of peace with Israel. It’s that simple.” 

While it is possible to hold any one of a variety of views regarding Israel-PA negotiations, “what’s unequivocally wrong in my opinion is saying that settlements are the reason there’s not peace and there’s not talks,” the senator said.

He expressed belief that the Obama’s administration’s views are changing “in a positive direction,” saying, “We have some very strong allies within the administration.”

Read more at Arutz Shevah.

{Arutz Shevah/Matzav.com Newscenter}

5 COMMENTS

  1. So why was Schumer campaiging for Sestak who spoke at J St and CAIR events?

    I think Chucky is talking out of both sides of his mouth!

  2. HE WOULD NEVER SAY IT ON NATIONAL TV
    WHEN IN ROME DO AND SAY LIKE THE ROMANS

    AND OF COURSE HE GETS A HUGE APPLAUSE THEN THEY EAT THE BAGELS AND LOX

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