Barry Shaw

NO to Gelman as US Ambassador to Israel.

Susie Gelman is absolutely the wrong candidate for US Ambassador to Israel.

Ambassador to the Palestinian Authority maybe, but not to Israel.

Her name has been touted to replace outgoing Tom Nides.

In her role as chair of the Israel Policy Forum (someone will have to explain to me how she ever got that position) Gelman professed to love Israel as she worked tirelessly against the best interests of the Jewish State.

Israel Policy Forum, like JStreet, attempts to impose left-wing radical policies on Israel. Suzie Gelman embodies their unacceptable ideas. She has worked to undermine the current Bibi government, which she views as “extremist.”

Gelman has called Israel’s Independence Day “Nakba Day.”

How can someone who wrote in 2018 that the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem was “the highest level of brazen partisanship in U.S.-Israel relations since Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress in 2015 in which he expressed his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal,” even agree to accept a position that would force her to sit in an embassy as a US Ambassador that she saw as an affront to her leftist progressive American sensitivities?

That would be the height of personal and political hypocrisy by Suzie Gelman. It would also put her in direct political conflict wth the current Israeli leadership. It would also indicate to Israel that we have an American enemy sitting in our capital.

In her role as Ambassador to Israel she is likely to implement the Biden administration’s intention to “provide 5,000 Palestinians with commando training in Jordan and then deploy them to northern Samaria, and perhaps the South Hebron Hills.”
I live in Netanya very close to the Mediterranean Sea and I look at those South Hebron Hills from my living room and from my study where I wrote this report.

If I can see them, American trained Palestinian gunmen can see me and my hometown.

Netanya is a town that has a tragic history resulting from foolishly dangerous American policies imposed on Israel and, as one of the founders of the Netanya Terror Victims organization, I say never again.

Passover Massacre at the Park Hotel anyone! That was only one of at least six suicide bombings in my town. Dozens died.

No Palestinian guman sitting on the Shomron Hills, Biden and Blinken!

Our antennas are hot wired into identifying who is good for us and who is against us, and Gelman does not fit into the former category.

Wealthy Gelman and her husband have established a foundation that funds anti-Israel leftists causes. Her money has gotten her positions of influence and power from within the Democrat hierarchy.

As David Greenfield, researcher, and respected journalist, summarized, Gelman, sitting in her role in Jerusalem, would be in a position to wage diplomatic war against Israel.

If Biden or Blinken pick Gelman to this role it will be perceived in Israel as an unfriendly act.

Susie Gelman is absolutely the wrong candidate to be the next US Ambassador to Israel.

Barry Shaw,

International Public Diplomacy Director,

Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

About the Author
Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism,' '1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel, 'BDS for IDIOTS,' and his latest work 'A Tale of Love and Destiny,' the dramatic life of a Jewish heroine.
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