Democratic candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg again has weighed in on Israel and now proven again that he’s completely in the dark about the Jewish State. He opined that Trump’s recognition of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights was interfering in Israel’s democracy, empowering the Right. How little does he know.
There is an almost complete left-to-right consensus in Israel that the annexation of the Golan Heights is not negotiable. To support that, is propping up the whole of democratic Israel and not taking sides.
It’s not Pete’s first blunder on Israel. Earlier, he threatened Netanyahu that, as president, he would restrict money to Israel if he would go too extreme for his taste.
But the two pronouncements seem contradictory: Being fair and respectful of Israeli democracy and so not help the Right in Israel but still to try to intimidate its rightwing PM. Is the mayor talking from both sides of his mouth? I read nowhere that he changed his mind.
Most likely, his agenda is to go against the Right. That means to criticize Trump for helping Bibi and also antagonizing Bibi.
Unglamorously, he’s not the only one in the Democratic field who thinks that Israel would put its safety on the line for pleasing a hostile US president or that it has leaders who can be bought. Bernie is equally ill-informed and selectively irritated and antagonistic to the Jewish State.
President Clinton also took sides by especially flying to Israel to tell us before national elections that “Yesh berirah” — you have a choice [to vote for the Left]. Thankfully, his unbelievable chutzpah failed.
How sad that such a smart good-meaning guy as Mayor Pete, who experienced oppression on his very body (Gays’ oppression is a form of racism), so right on almost anything, is so undereducated on Israel.
And he’s not the first. President Obama and John Kerry were exactly the same. If he wants to honor his real predecessor (Trump was just noisy in-between), he shouldn’t copycat him but improve on him on Israel.
He must stop believing (and reading) Haaretz and other anti-Zionist outlets. They only lie and misinform to hide the plain truth that “anti-Zionism = anti-Semitism.” (When will the UN finally adopt that slogan?)
Get real information from the fair quality media, like the Times of Israel.
Even if you don’t become president or VP, now or in the future, you need to get this one right. Many people trust your take on things.
It would also help to make Jews in the USA feel safer.
In other, unrelated news, the murderer of Prime Minister Rabin was punished with no phone contacts for two months because he gave a phone interview. Reportedly, to protest that, he’s started a hunger strike. He didn’t get it when he killed and he still doesn’t get it. You can “threaten” self-affliction if most of the country wants you dead. That’s like Trump “threatening” that he’ll resign if further attacked. Go ahead!