Saturday, June 12, 2010

Schumer Says It ‘Makes Sense’ To ‘Strangle [Gaza] Economically’ Until It Votes The Way Israel Wants.

Chuck Schumer has always been off the reservation when it comes to the Israel Palestine issue.

But now he's actually supporting the boycott of Gaza because he says it will teach the Palestinians how to vote.

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.
On the first point he is simply talking nonsense. 74% of Palestinians and 78% of Israelis support a two state solution. That is simply a fact.

And to argue that a siege is useful as a way to make the Palestinians see that Hamas is "not the way to go" makes a mockery of democracy.

This was an election which George Bush encouraged then disowned when it failed to produce the result he wanted. He then armed Fatah, which led to the outbreak of violence which ended with Hamas controlling the Gaza Strip.

And he did all this at the same time as was supposedly "exporting" democracy to Iraq. Schumer is now saying that it is okay to lay siege to people who don't vote the way you want them to vote.


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