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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Obama Disagrees with Schumer

Senator Chuck Schmuer (D-NY) is the first Democrat Senator to openly and publicly take issue with President Obama's policies on Israel. reported on Schumer's spat with the administration last week.

Senator Schumer in a radio interview on the Nachum Segal show in New York told Segal that Obama's isolation of the State of Israel, after the Netanyahu government announced the building of homes in East Jerusalem during Biden's visit to the region, "has to stop" calling it "counterproductive and a "kerfuffle."  

"Israel apologized and when Biden left, and Biden is the best friend of Israel in the administration [and] everything was fine. But then what happened is the next day Hillary Clinton called up Netanyahu and talked very tough to him, and worse they made it public through this spokesperson, a guy named Crowley. And Crowley said something I have never heard before, which is, the relationship of Israel and the United States depends on the pace of the negotiations."

As  a result of the State Department's harsh critique of the State of Israel, Schumer said "I called up Rahm Emanuel and I called up the White House and I said, 'If you don’t retract that statement you are going to hear me publicly blast you on this.'"

While the State Department has since backed down from its condemnatory remarks of Israel, Schumer claims that there is a battle currently going on within the administration. One side supports  Israel and the other side is content with pursuing the administration's current policies of isolating  Israel.

Schumer warns that if the administration does not change its policies on Israel, he will "take it to the next step."

The White House has since weighed in on Schumer's comments. Obama's Spokesman Robert Gibbs stated "I don’t think it is a stretch to say we don’t agree with what Senator Schumer said.”

I am not exactly sure who Obama is fooling.  But it is known in Washington and certainly within a significant proportion of Jewish community that President Obama is not a friend of the State of Israel's.