Re Sen. Schumer and his dual morality: This is the letter I sent to him in 2015 (no response, of course).
As a co-religionist and life-long Democrat (whose first vote was for Harry Truman), I have long been concerned with your public statement that God had put you into the US Senate to defend Israel. Even while I acknowledge the political pressures you are subject to, that concern has been amplified by your support of PM Netanyahu’s egregiously offensive disrespect of your President, exemplified by your plan to attend the PM’s speech to Congress, and by the non-sequitur statement that the PM has “the right” to speak here. I believe there is serious reason to question your ability to represent this country’s interests in any matter involving Israel. The same could be said of many of your Jewish colleagues in Congress.
I would like to make a Quixotic proposal (which you will find outrageous) to relieve both the self-contradictions in US policy regarding Israel created by lobby pressure, and what I hopefully assume is the discomfort experienced by Jewish legislators who feel compelled to support policies they privately oppose: they should voluntarily recuse themselves from involvement in any matter pertaining to Israel, on the grounds of a disqualifying conflict of interest. A judge experiencing only a fraction of such conflict would be expected to divorce himself from a case.
The Netanyahu Affair has thrown a harsh light on this subject. Over the years, I have encountered a great deal of subterranean unease – among both Jews and Gentiles – concerning our unquestioning support of Israel (and by inference, of the deaths of thousands of Palestinians). As you know, there has been a sharp global rise in anti-Semitism in parallel to increasing hostility towards Israel. Within the last few weeks, it appears to have become more acceptable to voice such concerns openly here. Can you be morally certain that your policies will not one day be judged to have made anti-Semitism respectable in this country as well?