(September 9, 2020 / JNS) Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), one of several candidates to succeed Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) for the chairmanship of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs were the Democrats to keep its House majority, criticized several his rivals on Wednesday over their stances on the U.S.-Israel relationship.
In a Zoom call hosted by Democratic Majority for Israel, Sherman made it known that he attended Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 2015 speech before Congress, warning about why a then-possible nuclear deal with Iran would be bad, while noting that Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) boycotted the speech.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu is not my favorite Israeli, and I’ve never met an Israeli who doesn’t criticize him for one position or the other, but I attended the speech because Prime Minister Netanyahu embodies the Jewish state,” said Sherman. “My two opponents in this race boycotted the prime minister’s speech, made a big deal out of [it at] the time and are trying to get votes in the contest … by saying, ‘Look how great I am. I boycotted the speech.’ ”
Meeks and Castro were two of 58 members of Congress to skip Netanyahu’s speech.
The aforementioned Democrats are in the running to succeed Engel for the committee chairmanship if the Democrats keep its House majority following the Nov. 3 presidential election. Engel lost in the primary to progressive Jamaal Bowman in the Democratic primary in New York’s 16th Congressional District in June.
Sherman also touted voting in favor of a House resolution in January 2017 that condemns U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 and Israeli settlements, while noting that Meeks and Castro voted against the House resolution.
The congressman noted that Meeks and Castro support conditioning U.S. assistance to Israel, though Meeks said in an American Jewish Committee event that assistance is “absolute and unequivocal.”
During the Wednesday event, Sherman called Meeks’s clarification a “flip-flop.”
“There is a huge difference on whether to honor the memorandum of understanding signed by President [Barack] Obama, endorsed by Congress and signed by Prime Minister Netanyahu,” said Sherman. “There is a huge difference on how to react to a U.N. resolution. And, of course, there’s a huge difference on how to treat the prime minister of Israel when he comes to the United States.”
Support Jewish Journalism
with 2020 Vision
One of the most intriguing stories of the sudden Coronavirus crisis is the role of the internet. With individuals forced into home quarantine, most are turning further online for information, education and social interaction.
JNS's influence and readership are growing exponentially, and our positioning sets us apart. Most Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas. JNS is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.
During this crisis, JNS continues working overtime. We are being relied upon to tell the story of this crisis as it affects Israel and the global Jewish community, and explain the extraordinary political developments taking place in parallel.
Our ability to thrive in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters. Monthly donations in particular go a long way in helping us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make during these challenging times. We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you blessings for good health and peace of mind.