Friday, June 11, 2010
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday said it made sense to strangle Gaza economically until it votes the way Israel wants:
“The Palestinian people still don’t believe in the Jewish state, in a two-state solution. More do than before, but a majority still do not. Their fundamental view is, the Europeans treated the Jews badly and gave them our land, this is Palestinian thinking. They don’t believe in the Torah, in David. You have to force them to say Israel is here to stay. The boycott of Gaza to me has another purpose, obviously the first purpose is to prevent Hamas from getting weapons by which they will use to hurt Israel but the second is actually to show the Palestinians that when there’s some moderation and cooperation, they can have an economic advancement. When there’s total war against Israel, which Hamas wages, they’re going to get nowhere. And to me, since the Palestinians in Gaza elected Hamas, while certainly there should be humanitarian aid and people not starving to death, to strangle them economically until they see that’s not the way to go, makes sense.”
Sen. Schumer is either woefully uninformed or, a bald faced liar. Recent polling has found that 74% of the Palestinian population wants to see a two-state solution with an Israeli and Palestinian state side-by-side. It is also the position of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas too, and there is evidence that Gaza’s Hamas rulers may be ready to support such a solution as well.
Sen. Schumer’s remarks are simply baffling. To say an economic strangulation makes “sense” in order to produce better leadership in Gaza ignores the fact that 44% of the Palestinian civilian population is under the age of 14. Is Sen. Schumer in favor of harming children?
H/T: Think Progress