Thursday, April 22, 2010

Schumer Slaps Down Obama on Israel

Charles Schumer, the Democratic New York Senator who is well from the political center has reportedly told President Obama to back down from his anti-Israel rhetoric. Schumer broke from the President's line and called him out for his treatment of the Netanyahu government.

Schumer, in part, said this:

"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 told Segal. "Palestinians don’t really believe in a state of Israel. They, unlike a majority of Israelis, who have come to the conclusion that they can live with a two-state solution to be determined by the parties, the majority of Palestinians are still very reluctant, and they need to be pushed to get there.
"If the U.S. says certain things and takes certain stands the Palestinians say, 'Why should we negotiate?'" Schumer said.
Man, it's about time.

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