During Thursday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the confirmation of David Friedman, President Trump’s nominee to be Ambassador to Israel, many on the left, including some protesters, continued to oppose Friedman for his previous comments on a two-state Jewish and Palestinian solution.
One of the most vocal critics of Friedman’s nomination has been J. Street, the anti-Israel, George Soros sponsored group. According to dailywire.com, Street’s President Jeremy Ben-Ami once referred to the American Jewish Congress, the Jewish Federations, and the Jewish Community Relations Council as a “multi-headed hydra” that needed to be cut down to make room for J. Street’s radical, anti-Israel views.
Knowing all this, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) opened his questioning for Friedman with a statement about J. Street.
“Let me begin by saying I find this whole process to be unreal. This sort of ordeal you’re being put through to account for all the words, in particular given some of the groups that have been ratcheting all this up. This group J Street, that, for example, a few years ago invited the chief Palestinian negotiator Erekat to address their conference, a person who has justified the murder of Jews as self-defense, as a person as they invited to speak at the conference. This is a group who has routinely attacked people who hold my views, with content that I find to be a smear and a mischaracterization of our views.”
J. Street has a long history of anti-Israel policies. Less than two years ago after two Israeli parents were brutally murdered, J Street released a statement implying that Jews who lived in Judea and Samaria were at fault. That Palestinian-Arabs murdering them in cold blood were justified.
Israel Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu echoed similar thoughts during his press conference with President Trump this week.
“But rather than deal with labels, I want to deal with substance. It’s something I’ve hoped to do for years in a world that’s absolutely fixated on labels and not on substance. So here’s the substance. There are two prerequisites for peace that I laid out two — several years ago and they haven’t changed. First, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state. They have to stop calling for Israel’s destruction, they have to stop educating their people for Israel’s destruction. Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River because if we don’t, we know what will happen. Because otherwise, we’ll get another radical Islamic terrorist state in the Palestinian areas exploding the peace, exploding the Middle East. Unfortunately, the Palestinians vehemently reject both prerequisites for peace. First, they continue to call for Israel’s destruction inside their schools, inside their mosques, inside the textbooks … unfortunately, the Palestinians not only denied the past, they also poisoned the present. So I want this to change. I want those two perquisites of peace, substance, not labels, I want them re-instated. But if anyone believes that I, as prime minister of Israel, responsible for the security of my country, would blindly walk into a Palestinian terrorist state that seeks the destruction of my country, they’re gravely mistaken.”
Unlike the eight years under President Obama, or those at J. Street, thank goodness we still have U.S. Senators like Marco Rubio not walking in blindness, but in reality.