Yesterday the Congress and Senate voted to give Israel $225 million more in aid for its rocket-defense program. One of the sponsors of the bill is New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.
This is hard to watch. Booker calls on the country to support Israel without a word to say on behalf of Palestinians. The true cause of the crisis is Hamas, which is causing the killings of civilians so as to “rack up casualties.”
“This is unacceptable, this is unacceptable, and this is unacceptable.”
The stentorian tone, the attempts at moral flights, the bunching and punching of fingers in the air– they all fell flat for me. It feels like end times preaching: Booker seems to believe what Scott Stringer, NY comptroller believes, that Israel’s survival is at stake. It’s losing legitimacy in the eyes of the world. So he must affirm that legitimacy. Some of his language:
Right now we are in a state of crisis, and American’s voice must be resolute… A terrorist organization has evil ends, to destroy the state of Israel. We must stand with our ally. We must stand with the state of Israel…. And therefore I support this expenditure, and I continue a resolute and unwavering and unequivocal support of the continuance of the state of Israel.
MJ Rosenberg called Booker “AIPAC’s shill,” in posting this speech. And I’d point out, remember Ned Lamont who took on Senator Joe Lieberman in Connecticut and almost won in 2006? He went over to Gaza not long ago to help the people out, with Mercy Corps. No wonder he didn’t make it into the Senate.
Seafoid also posted this speech.