9th CD Race: Dueling Statements On Eilat Terror Attacks

Since support of Israel is a major issue in the race to succeed Anthony Weiner in Congress, I thought it might be interesting to post today’s statements on the Eilat terror attacks from Republican Bob Turner and Democrat david Weprin. (Turner first by alphabetical order.)

"My deepest sympathies go out to the Israeli people today who again have suffered a detestable terror attack on their soil, which Hamas is already praising. It is a reminder of blind hatred arrayed against our Mideast ally — and of America’s moral obligation to stand steadfastly beside the brave Israeli people."

"Meanwhile, the Obama Administration continues to send American tax dollars to the Palestinian Authority, which in turns pays terrorists in Israeli prisons for their murderous deeds. All U.S. Funding should be cut off to the PA until payments to terrorists stop."  — Bob Turner

"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of those killed and hurt in a senseless act of terror in Eilat today. Today’s reprehensible act of terror on innocent civilians going to vacation (amended:) and in a sickly calculated move, the brave first responder responding to the attack, once again shows that Israel does not have a responsible negotiating partner in it’s search for peace. I call upon the PA to quickly condemn this terror attack and immediately turn over the terrorists to the Israeli government.

"It is my understanding that these terrorists came across the border from Egypt and from within Gaza. This highlights the fact that giving up land for peace is never a good idea and the importance of a strong U.S. involvement in making sure the new Egyptian government stems terrorist before the can attack. As somebody who has come under rocket fire in Israel, I know full well the fear and anxiety that Israelies face on a daily basis. Yet, they go about everyday life as if nothing is wrong.

"They give me inspiration and indeed inspire millions around the world with their determined way of life. I would like to extend my condolences to the families of those murdered and to wish a refuah shleima to those injured. My condolences also to Prime Minister Netanyahu and the entire nation as they grapple with yet another tragedy. The nation of Israel will live on." — David Weprin

Draw your own conclusions here, but one objective fact that stands out is Turner’s direct attack on the Obama administration while Weprin — who is walking a fine line between being a good Democrat and acknowledging distaste for the president’s Middle East tack in the district — focuses on solidarity with Israelis and a caution against concessions that doesn’t mention Obama.


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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.