Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ed Koch Goes Nuclear on Obama and NY Democrats

Count former New York City Mayor Ed Koch among those who've lost all Hopenchange. Koch laces into Obama following the disgraceful treatment of Benjamin Netanwahu last week.
President Obama's abysmal attitude toward the State of Israel and his humiliating treatment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is shocking. In the Washington Post on March 24th, Jackson Diehl wrote, "Obama has added more poison to a U.S.-Israeli relationship that already was at its lowest point in two decades. Tuesday night the White House refused to allow non-official photographers record the president's meeting with Netanyahu; no statement was issued afterward. Netanyahu is being treated as if he were an unsavory Third World dictator, needed for strategic reasons but conspicuously held at arms length. That is something the rest of the world will be quick to notice and respond to."

I have not heard or read statements criticizing the president by New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand or many other supporters of Israel for his blatantly hostile attitude toward Israel and his discourtesy displayed at the White House. President Obama orchestrated the hostile statements of Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, voiced by Biden in Israel and by Clinton in a 43-minute telephone call to Bibi Netanyahu, and then invited the latter to the White House to further berate him. He then left Prime Minister Netanyahu to have dinner at the White House with his family, conveying he would only be available to meet again if Netanyahu had further information - read concessions - to impart.

It is unimaginable that the President would treat any of our NATO allies, large or small, in such a degrading fashion. That there are policy differences between the U.S. and the Netanyahu government is no excuse. Allies often disagree, but remain respectful.
Koch also wonders where the the Nw York senators are. Chuckie Schumer would plow over his mother to get in front of a camera but is now quivering in cowardly silence.
So I ask again, where are our Senators, Schumer and Gillibrand? And, where are the voices, not only of the 31 members of the House and 14 Senators who are Jewish, but the Christian members of the House and Senate who support the State of Israel? Where are the peoples' voices? Remember the words of Pastor Niemoller, so familiar that I will not recite them, except for the last line, "Then they came for me, and by that time, there was no one left to speak up."
Koch today talks with Michael Goodwin.
Ed Koch is on fire. Here are a few of the bombshells he dropped yesterday.

President Obama "wants to make Israel a pariah state."

Hillary Clinton is a "disappointment" and didn't deserve the standing ovation she got from a leading Jewish group.

Sen. Chuck Schumer has been silent on America's tilt toward the Palestinians because he is "afraid of Obama."

Anything else? Only that Clinton won't answer his letters when he asks directly whether the United States is prepared to defend Israel from Iran.

And Obama isn't neutral in the Mideast. He's pro-Arab.

As I said, bombshells.

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