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Biden, Schumer, Israel and American interests

Placating the antisemitic left will only further erode America’s standing on the world stage.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer with Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Herzog in Washington, D.C., on June 23, 2022. Credit: Office of Sen. Chuck Schumer.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer with Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Herzog in Washington, D.C., on June 23, 2022. Credit: Office of Sen. Chuck Schumer.
Steve Rosenberg
Steve Rosenberg
Steve Rosenberg is principal of the GSD Group and board chair of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He is the author of Make Bold Things Happen: Inspirational Stories From Sports, Business and Life.

To placate the antisemitic faction of the Democratic Party’s left-wing, President Joe Biden has been engineering a divide between the United States and Israel as the Jewish state struggles for survival against Hamas. Biden’s recent establishment of a “red line” against potential Israeli military action in Rafah underscores the widening chasm. We saw this coming. Biden’s faux early support for Israel was bound to lead to this point. After all, it was his capitulation to Iran that got us here in the first place.

While Biden courts the Arab and Muslim vote in places like Dearborn, Michigan, he risks isolating the Jewish community and other Americans who are steadfast in their support for Israel’s right to self-defense. The Biden administration must be mindful of the potential fallout from this, particularly in critical swing states like Pennsylvania, which have substantial Jewish populations.

While nobody can argue that the Muslim population isn’t important, it’s clear that the progressive left wants to tear our country apart. But it is only a small if loud minority. Too many people are afraid to stand up and say what they think about the left because they know they will be shouted down.

In the wake of Biden’s wavering support for Israel, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has now blamed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the ongoing conflict in Gaza and the lack of progress towards a Palestinian state. Schumer appears to be prioritizing personal political gain over the greater interests of the country and his party.

Schumer’s call for new elections in Israel, coupled with his criticism of Netanyahu’s leadership, disregards the fact that Netanyahu was democratically elected. Any meddling in another nation’s democratic process is unacceptable. Just as the United States vehemently opposes foreign interference in its elections, Israelis do as well.

Contrary to Schumer’s assertions, Netanyahu enjoys widespread support in Israel for his unwavering stance against Hamas. Israelis believe that military decisions are Israel’s alone to make. The U.S. and certainly Chuck Schumer do not have the right to tell Israel how to defend itself. Moreover, why is Schumer not telling Hamas to surrender and return the hostages? I imagine this would end the Israeli offensive much quicker than the silly and nonsensical recommendations coming out of Schumer’s mouth.

Schumer’s criticism also conveniently overlooks Netanyahu’s peace efforts, including his pivotal role in brokering the historic Abraham Accords and his strides towards normalization with countries like Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. It appears that Schumer’s comments are politically motivated and out of touch with the complex realities of the Middle East.

By focusing on regime change in Israel, Schumer neglects more pressing issues, such as the Iranian threat. I have yet to hear Schumer call for regime change in Iran or any other nefarious country that promotes terror.

Schumer’s betrayal of Israel is emblematic of a broader pattern of American retreat and duplicity under the Biden administration. If this trend persists, it could lead to the erosion of American influence in the Middle East, with countries like the Gulf Arab states and Egypt seeking closer ties with Iran, Russia and China. Moreover, the rest of the world continues to watch as the once proud and strong United States appears increasingly weak on the global stage.

American Jews and supporters of Israel have a pivotal opportunity in the upcoming elections to send a resounding message to Biden and Schumer. It is imperative for us to prioritize the interests of America and its allies over self-serving political ambitions.

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