Don’t ‘target our Israeli ally’– Schumer warns Palestinians

Israel/Palestine
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Earlier today we mentioned that three Republican Senators have sponsored legislation to oppose the Palestinian bid for non-member statehood at the U.N. Well, now there are two Dems on board for punitive legislation: Chuck Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey. Here’s the release:

Graham-Schumer-Barrasso-Menendez Take Tough Line Against Palestine Bid at United Nations Legislation Forces Closure of PLO Office in Washington and sets Tough New Conditions Paving Way for Elimination of Assistance

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Chuck Schumer (D-New York), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), and Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) have introduced legislation which takes a tough line against the Palestinians bid today at the United Nations General Assembly to recognize Palestine as a ‘non-member observer state.’ The measure is expected to pass over objections by the United States and Israel.

The Graham-Schumer-Barrasso-Menendez measure:

·forces the immediate closure of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) office in Washington unless the Palestinians have entered into meaningful negotiations with Israel

·eliminates American foreign assistance to the Palestinian Authority if the International Criminal Court adjudicates any matter proposed or supported by the Palestinian Authority.

The legislation comes on the same day the Palestinians plan to ask the United Nations General Assembly to recognize Palestine as a ‘non-member observer state.’ This authority will give the Palestinians the ability to file frivolous cases targeting Israel and the United States at the International Criminal Court.

“Granting United Nations membership to the Palestinian authority is a nightmare in the making for the peace process and future relations between the Congress and UN,” said Graham. “Granting a form of member-status to the Palestinians goes around the only viable way to negotiate a two state solution, that’s between the parties themselves. I fear the Palestinian authority will now be able to use the United Nations as a political club against Israel. Most importantly, they will file complaints in the International Criminal Court against the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) or any other Israeli institution engaged in defending the Jewish state. This provocative step by the Palestinians could lead to using the International Criminal Court as a form to marginalize the state of Israel, an action that will not be accepted without consequence in the Congress. We will not use American taxpayer dollars to support a Palestinian entity whose primary goal, if they file a complaint in the ICC, is to marginalize the Jewish state rather than live in peace with the people of Israel. The United States national security interests are best served by a traditional peace process between the two factions dealing with each other directly.”

Schumer said: “We are committed to using every means at our disposal to ensure that this UN vote does not serve as a precedent for elevating the status of the PLO in other UN bodies or international forums. Over the past year, Palestinian leaders have indicated an intention to apply for full membership in the International Criminal Court and over a dozen other international institutions in order to assert Palestinian claims against Israel. These unhelpful efforts would not only unfairly target our Israeli ally, but would devastate efforts to resume the peace process and do possibly irreparable harm to those international institutions. We stand united in preventing this from happening, and will do everything in our power to block the Palestinians from using the International Criminal Court and other international bodies to assert Palestinian claims against Israel.”

“The best path to a true and lasting peace is through direct negotiations between the two parties — not through manipulations at the United Nations,” said Barrasso. “The Palestinian Authority’s attempt to change their United Nations’ status is a purely political maneuver that will circumvent direct peace process negotiations with Israel. If the Palestinians move forward with this irresponsible plan, they will violate international agreements, undermine the peace process and threaten the security of our ally.”

“This unilateral approach by the Palestinian Authority to gaining sovereignty is provocative, reckless and threatens to inflame passions throughout the region,” said Menendez. “The day after the resolution, nothing will have changed, including America’s unwavering support for Israel during this period of political turbulence in the Middle East. We will not stand idly by and allow the Palestinians to evade the peace process by pressing their political cause through alternate means and we will not provide financial support, or political support in the form of offices in the U.S., if the Palestinians aren’t serious about pursuing real peace through real negotiations. The choice is theirs.” –

38 Responses

  1. Kathleen
    November 29, 2012, 3:19 pm

    Schumer and the rest once again exposing their racism, elitism and commitment to Israeli apartheid. Folks should contact their Reps and demand that they stand on the side of justice on this issue and not support this legislation. Call/Contact asap

    • American
      November 29, 2012, 4:55 pm

      Congress Toll Free—-1 877 762 8762

      • Citizen
        November 30, 2012, 10:12 am

        @ American
        I called, the woman asked me what state I was from. I said, Florida, she transferred me to Bill Nelson’s office; there, a recorded message said his lines were busy and to go to his web site.

      • Citizen
        November 30, 2012, 10:27 am

        So I went to Nelson’s website, filled in the ID boxes, left a letter for Nelson. I am sure he will respond as he has before, with a boilerplate thank you, saying nothing addressing my concern. It’s a great sign my input is worth nothing at all, same as my vote.

      • Kathleen
        November 30, 2012, 5:50 pm

        At least you tried

      • American
        December 1, 2012, 10:44 am

        Citizen,

        hummm….don’t now why that happened. It may be the switchborad connected you to his office’s “comment line” if he has one—-some of them have comment lines where you just leave your message and aren’t answered by anyone in his office. And why did she ask you what state you were from?…….all you have to say when they answer is connect me to Senator so and so’s office. Next time you call just say connect me to Sen Bill Nelson’s office and see if makes any difference in what line they transfer you to. Of course it really could have been busy and overloaded if people took Obama’s message to the public about everyone calling their congresspeople on the fiscal cliff issue to heart and started burning up the phone lines to them.

      • Citizen
        December 2, 2012, 10:30 am

        @ American

        RE: “all you have to say when they answer is connect me to Senator so and so’s office.”

        That’s what I did, and they demanded to know what state I was from.

      • American
        December 3, 2012, 10:20 am

        “That’s what I did, and they demanded to know what state I was from……Citizen

        Wow!…..sounds like they are cracking down on letting people speak to any senator or congressman they want to—just like you can’t email anyone but your own politicians and have to fax them if you want to communicate with them.
        I have used that toll free number in the past to be put thru to any politician I asked for…….guess they don’t want us using it any more to realm out or contact anyone but our own reps. …lol

  2. Chu
    November 29, 2012, 3:20 pm

    pathetic weasels.

    • Ellen
      November 29, 2012, 4:54 pm

      weasle does not even begin to desribe the likes Senators like of Menendez, who btw, filled Jon Corzine’s seat in NJ.

      Menendez is the quintessential and spinless US political puppet. He’d sell his oldest daughter off to the slave trade if the price was right. he is eactly the profile of a blob that will do whatever his paymasters require of him.

      I have to stop now before I write something unhinged sounding. But do note that it is these amoral blobs of human beings who cast their support to Zionist criminality among other things.

      • Chu
        November 30, 2012, 10:14 am

        Schumer is the whip for all the putty-like democrats. Menendez is a good example of what a soft democrat embodies – soft on the outside and squishy on the inside.

        As a descendant of Cubans, he should have some idea of his grandparents history of being herded into concentration camps by Spaniards. Israel has done the same to Gazans 115 years later. He’ll chalk it up to ‘politics’ as usual. But, why these elected leaders don’t have any fortitude to unite is unbelievable. They may have lobbyists up their ass 5 days a week, but they have the weekend to form a coalition against corrupt values.

        Washington pumps out a lot of people that started with good intentions but have to carry the weight of the corrupt minority that tells them when and what they need to do. They’re servants that are supposed to work for the greater whole, but end up working for the elite moneyed minority.

    • tear-stained uzi
      November 30, 2012, 9:19 am

      Could “ICC” stand for Israeli Criminals’ Comeuppance? The weasels clearly think so.

      The ferocious funk of flop sweat is flowing freely off the ‘Firsters.

  3. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    November 29, 2012, 3:23 pm

    If the PA has any backbone (and I’m still not convinced that it has) it would say ”OK withdraw the funding. That will make us free of the shackles imposed on us by Western organisations who only want us to police the occupation on Israel’s behalf’. Now, the West Bank is relatively quiet because the people have something (pathetic though it is) to lose. Take that away, and you’ll be facing another intifadah. Take it or leave it.”

    If the Israelis have any sense (and again, I’m far from convinced that they have) they’ll recognise how valuable the PA is to them and try their best not to compromise them. But for Israel, no Palestinian ‘leader’ can ever be compliant enough.

  4. W.Jones
    November 29, 2012, 3:30 pm

    The US spent years training the PLO. How come they can’t be the US’s ally?

  5. Madrid
    November 29, 2012, 3:36 pm

    Waaa Waaaa! These crybabies are about to be dragged into a reality in which the limits of US power are more and more apparent. Wake up boys, before your precious Israel loses its last chance at some kind of future. Look around the rest of Africa and the Milddle East– are there any other European settler states left? There is the remnants of white South Africa and there is Israel. Something tells me that Israel won’t last for very long with oil at 250$ a barrel without a peace treaty, no matter how much brainwashed Americans insist on the myths of Israel uber ales and an America that can achieve energy independence without mideast oil.

    • Chu
      November 30, 2012, 10:37 am

      Here’s is an example of how unenlightened the media focus is in New York:
      Ron Prosor, Israel’s UN ambassador, accused the UN of trying to “break the 4,000-year-old bond” between the people of Israel and their land.

      Read more: link to nydailynews.com

      But the commentary and polling is clearly on the side of the Palestinians in NYTimes and the NY Daily News poll in the link.

      • mmayer
        December 2, 2012, 8:01 pm

        Maybe Ron Prosor can tell me why schmucks; like Abby Leichtman born in bred in Jersey, want to make aliyah to the “homeland” and rediscover her “Jewish roots” while some Palestinian family gets kicked out of their house in the middle of the night by the IDF for settlement building? To see the article by Abby Leichtman “Her Dream…My Catastrophe

  6. Woody Tanaka
    November 29, 2012, 3:55 pm

    Pretty typical from the usual-suspect, fifth-columnist Israeli-firsters in the Senate.

  7. seafoid
    November 29, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Schumer wouldn’t defend child abusers via the legislature- why does he defend abusers of Palestinians?

    • Woody Tanaka
      November 30, 2012, 8:57 am

      Because Schumer’s job is to protect israel, no matter what.

    • Chu
      November 30, 2012, 10:23 am

      It’s simple – he is Israel’s agent in the US. He doesn’t even
      pretend to hide it, the US media does that for him.

  8. yourstruly
    November 29, 2012, 4:02 pm

    “our israeli ally”? – u.s. senator schumer

    ours, senator?
    are you sure?
    new yorkers?
    all americans?
    the world?
    or just you?
    your israeli-firster fellow traitors?
    and whoever else profits from these perpetual wars?

    • American
      November 30, 2012, 7:15 pm

      yourstruly says:
      November 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      Ha!… that’s good!….I’m copying that one and faxing it to his office.

  9. justicewillprevail
    November 29, 2012, 4:24 pm

    Which of the many lobby groups gave these stooges the pre-printed legislation to promote?

  10. chinese box
    November 29, 2012, 4:39 pm

    Can’t wait til this gasbag (and Peter King) retire or get voted out of office.

  11. HRK
    November 29, 2012, 4:44 pm

    Phil,

    I just wanted to use this article as an excuse: An excuse to say thanks–for this article and for all the hard work that you, Adam, Allison, and many others do at Mondoweiss.

    You guys have produced a really, really exceptional site. Thanks!

    • ummati
      November 30, 2012, 7:18 am

      i would also like to thank everybody at mondoweiss, since i have starting reading up here, i have found it vry easy to shut some ppl up, thank you for your time and for the truth.

  12. American
    November 29, 2012, 4:53 pm

    Disgusting, as usual….get these pigs out of our government.

  13. lysias
    November 29, 2012, 5:08 pm

    There is no treaty of alliance between Israel and the U.S. (LBJ offered them such a treaty, but Israel turned down the offer, as it would have obliged them to define their boundaries.)

  14. cogit8
    November 29, 2012, 6:49 pm

    Shummer: “How dare the Palestinians bring questions involving their very existence to a Court of World Opinion, when they know they have to submit to racist theocratic Israeli courts because we have the whip in our hands and strange fruit in our trees?

    Graham: “Watch me now as I contort myself into a pretzel, trying so hard to bridge the gap between Israeli talking points and our nations highest principles . . . and that guy running around Israel spreading dangerous ideas, he should be crucified

  15. Avi_G.
    November 29, 2012, 7:19 pm

    Shmuck Chuck.

  16. Dagon
    November 29, 2012, 8:19 pm

    whatever he’s for Iam against.I say we should rush to the Icc.SUE,SUE SUE AND SUE

  17. southernobserver
    November 29, 2012, 10:36 pm

    Could not agree more. The problem though boils down to “the Palestinian’s” are definitely the abused victim and now cannot win or breakeven. If they capitulate, they gain a series of disconnected ghettos, with no water, no control over the economic resources, no control over their borders and no way to stop abuse by their neighbours. Their existance is maintained in such a miserable level that they steadily emigrate to gain a better life. This is the prison light senario. If they do not capitulate, they are sequeezed into the same ghettos and attacked/kidnapped/tortured until they all slowly emigrate to gain a better life. This is the prison harsh senario.

    In both only Jews are recognised as legitimate inhabitants of Palestine, and all others remain by favor.

    I cannot see any senario in which even a truncated real, democratic and economically viable state of Palestine emerges.

    Given this, I don’t see what the weasel or the Schmuck are offering that would off set the potential gains from going to the international court of Justice?

  18. Taxi
    November 30, 2012, 12:13 am

    Send the em effers to live in Gaza and greenlight an israeli attack on Gaza while they’re there.

    Then bring ‘em back to USA with blackened faces, soiled pants and shaking hands and then let’s hear their lofty statements.

    (There’s a shoe in my wardrobe with each of their names on it).

  19. Cliff
    November 30, 2012, 2:34 am

    Are there any congressmen/representatives who are good on the Palestine question?

    Are there any US politicians who have an open mind and think and make nuanced arguments?

    Or are we at a point where we can predict what our politicians say (now) and (forever)?

    • Citizen
      November 30, 2012, 10:36 am

      @ Cliff
      We are at a point ( and have been for a long time) that we know what our elected officials will say now and the likely future. Nothing short of a major ME regional war, maybe spilling over to a WW3, and continued USA’s horrible economy, will change USA’s total endorsement of its (blood and treasure) check to Israel, right or wrong.

  20. mmayer
    November 30, 2012, 3:25 am

    “·eliminates American foreign assistance to the Palestinian Authority if the International Criminal Court adjudicates any matter proposed or supported by the Palestinian Authority.”

    Isn’t it lovely to know that Chuck Schummer is willing to blackmail the PA to ensure that Israel is not hauled up in front of the ICC. I am not making an analogous leap from the sins Nazi Germany inflicted upon the Jewish people to the plight the Palestinians under a brutal, military occupation. With that said, what world would we be living in if the Nuremberg trials never occurred due to underhanded back room haggling fully exposing the horrors of the Holocaust so that even generations after, rational, sane human beings still say “Never Again”. Are we going to deny the Palestinians their small measure of justice and just expect them to forget? If that is the case, I give up, we then have definitely sold our humanity out to the likes of a-holes like Chuck Shummer.

  21. MarkF
    November 30, 2012, 12:54 pm

    Hmm, so after all these years Pat Buchanan and other paleos have lobbied to get us out of the UN, these folks might now actually think about taking his advice?? Pat must be chuckling. I’m sure there will be threats to get out.

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