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Increasing the Danger in a Dangerous World

April 25th, 2010 - 12:53 pm

Chuck Schumer on the President’s Middle East policy:

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), a longtime supporter of Israel, said on a radio show last week that the administration’s stance on the issue — and “terrible” treatment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — has been “counterproductive.”

The senator added on the Nachum Segal Show that there is an internal “battle” going on in the White House over the issue.

“One side agrees with us, one side doesn’t, and we’re pushing hard to make sure the right side wins – and if not, we’ll have to take it to the next step,” he said.

On this issue, don’t doubt Schumer’s sincerity. And if his description of what’s going on inside the White House is accurate, then it’s harder to believe that Obama is engaging in some kind of maskirova with Israel, to make it appear as if we have great differences — so that if Israel attacks Iran, we would stay out of Iran’s crosshairs.*

And you have to wonder if that “internal battle” is real, or a merely a ploy to buy time from pro-Israel Democrats like Schumer.

*Just about the most damn-foolish notion I can think of, aside from Obama’s actual policy concerning Israel. Let’s face it: Short of coming to Tehran’s aid in a war against Israel, there’s no way anyone in the Middle East would believe our protestations. Not publicly, anyway.

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