As expected the anti-Semitic Democrats blasted President Trump for his pro-Jewish policies in Judea and Sumeria. CAIR’s useful idiot Bernie Sanders was naturally the first to express his disgust.
To make matters worse is that the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC did not have the courage to praise President Trump for this historic decision, out of fear of offending the Democrat Party leadership.
AIPAC (and other American Jewish groups) do not understand that their unwillingness to confront anti-Israel Democrats is making them irrelevant. It is also making America much less safe for Jews.
Leading Democratic presidential candidates denounce US settlement decision
Frontrunners Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg speak out against Trump administration’s announcement that settlements not ‘inconsistent with international law’
By TOI, November 19, 2019:
US Democratic presidential candidates, including frontrunners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg, on Monday condemned US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that the Trump administration was softening its position on Israeli settlements.
Pompeo told reporters at the State Department that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law,” breaking with decades of US policy. Former vice president Joe Biden’s campaign called the move “an obstacle to peace.”
“This decision harms the cause of diplomacy, takes us further away from the hope of a two-state solution, and will only further inflame tensions in the region. It’s not about peace or security. It is not about being pro-Israel. It is about undercutting Israel’s future in service of Trump’s personal politics,” Biden’s campaign told Jewish Insider.
Vermont Senator Sanders denounced the move, saying that “Israeli settlements in occupied territory are illegal. This is clear from international law and multiple United Nations resolutions. Once again, Mr. Trump is isolating the United States and undermining diplomacy by pandering to his extremist base.”
Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts senator who is vying with Sanders for the more progressive voters in the party, similarly condemned the announcement.
“Another blatantly ideological attempt by the Trump administration to distract from its failures in the region. Not only do these settlements violate international law — they make peace harder to achieve. As president, I will reverse this policy and pursue a two-state solution,” Warren said.
Pete Buttigieg, the centrist mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and another leading candidate for the Democratic nomination, said the decision undermined peace efforts.
“The Trump administration’s statement on West Bank settlements is not only a significant step backward in our efforts to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is the latest in a pattern of destructive decisions that harm our national interests,” Buttigieg said.
Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota senator who is not among the leading candidates, said that the decision “goes against long-standing US policy. Once again Donald Trump is playing politics and taking us further away from a path to a two-state solution.”
Liberal Democratic lawmakers Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, both frequent critics of Israel, also castigated the White House following the announcement.
“Israel’s settlements in the West Bank violate international law. No matter what this corrupt and immoral Trump regime (yeah he is a lawless king-like dictator) say, it doesn’t change that fact. #FreePalestine & #ImpeachmentTrumpNow,” Tlaib, a House Representative from Michigan, wrote on Twitter.
Minnesota Congresswoman Omar said that “Israeli settlements violate [international] law, decades of US foreign policy, and the human rights of Palestinians. All who believe in the possibility of peace must speak up in this moment.”
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