Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) apparently hates Israel because he hasn't denounced Occupy Wall Street. He has even gone so far as support for it.
The Chairman of The DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) Steve Israel, who is supposed to be representing NY’s 2nd Congressional District (where I live), never met a Progressive anti-Semitic or anti-Israel group that he did not embrace. The Long Island Congressman’s latest “love affair” is with Occupy Wall Street whose members have displayed a hatred of both the Jews and the Jewish State.
We're fast approaching Godwin's Law critical mass levels here when it comes to the conservative response to Occupy Wall Street. Dunetz's denunciation is part of an effort by conservative groups to portray Occupy Wall Street as anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic. This attack comes in response to Democratic Party hopes of using the protests to build momentum for 2012. However, if conservatives are looking for a Democratic strawmen to use to demonize Occupy Wall Street, it would be hard to pick a worse man for the role than Steve Israel.
Rep. Israel opposed the 2011 Gaza Flotilla ("If flotilla organizers carry out their confrontational plans, the Israelis will have little choice but to board the vessels and search for weapons," reads a letter he helped draft to the Turkish PM this past summer) is against the PA's UN bid and has sponsored a bill to cut billions of dollars worth of military aid to any US allies that support the PA's UN bid.
But, as the article on Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment reminds us, Rep. Israel "never met a Progressive anti-Semitic or anti-Israel group that he did not embrace."
Finally, here is a sample of Rep. Israel's attitude towards the Netanyahu government (from the JTA):
"It seems to me Israel continues to offer ideas and show restraint and their reward is a Palestinian Authority that continues to miss opportunities," he said, adding that he believes it is unfair for Palestinians to insist that Israel freeze all settlement growth before coming to the table." [Author's note: Rep. Israel's position here is that he has "pronounced differences with the Obama Administration" on Israel and that "the issue of settlements should not define the U.S.-Israel relationship".]
"And he said there while there may have been a lot of chatter in recent months about tensions in the U.S-Israel relationship, one needs to also focus on important things like the joint military exercise that the two countries just completed this week."
"You can't ignore the fundamentals on military cooperation," Israel said."
He really comes off as a BDS type, doesn't he?
By the way, Steve Israel just happens to be chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. You know, the organization that exists to get Democrats elected to the House of Representatives.
Not that all this has anything to do with that.