When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Chuck Schumer has a heart and head for Israel, and he has been consistent.
In 2000, he was asked by the Middle East Quarterly if he thought both the Jews and Palestinians were living up to their commitments. His answer,
“Not at all. The Israelis are doing what they said they would. Note how they’re wrenching themselves and making concessions. But not so the Palestinian Authority. Its textbooks, for example, still state that Jews are terrible people and are filled with horrid anti-Semitic caricatures. Nor has Arafat been telling Palestinians about the concessions they have to make to end the conflict. To a considerable degree, the process has been one-sided.”
In 2010, he expressed his dismay over Obama’s blaming Jewish communities as the obstacle to peace when in reality the Jews living and building homes in Samaria and Judea do not pose any kind of obstacle at all to a genuine peace.
“The reason we don’t have peace in the Middle East is because a large percentage, I would say the majority … of Palestinians and Arabs do not believe there should be a Jewish state anywhere in the Middle East. Period.”
Again, more recently, he used similar words in standing up for Israel,
“The reason there is no peace in the Middle East is very simple. It’s because the majority of Palestinians and the majority of Arabs don’t believe there should be an Israel. It’s that simple. Anyone who tries to figure out a way to solve this conflict without realizing that truth will never get anywhere.”
Most liberals, of course, disagree. Left-leaning blog ThinkProgress writes that Schumer’s claims are false, that Palestinians and Arabs do not wish to destroy Israel as a primary goal. According to Zaid Jilani, Palestinians and Arabs are most interested in peace because polls show that they said so. According to those polls, all they want is for tiny Israel to shrink a little more by giving away land. Then, they say, peace will come. Very few of them said that they were pretending to want peace while they really were aiming for Israel’s destruction.
They wouldn’t fib now, would they?
Lying in Islam, “..there are times when telling a lie is more profitable and better for the general welfare, and for the settlement of conciliation among people, than telling the truth.”
The Middle East Quarterly, Charles Schumer: “The Peace Process Has Been One-Sided” “As I sat on the White House lawn in September 1993, listening to Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat speak, I noticed something. Rabin, not usually an eloquent speaker, rose to the occasion that day. He quoted Ecclesiastics—”a time for peace, a time for war”—and talked about his dream of the time when an Israeli mother will hear a knock at the door and not have a pang go through her body in fear that it was someone from the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] telling her that her soldier son had been killed. It was a beautiful speech, and I had tears rolling down my cheeks.
“Then Arafat spoke. It was like he threw cold water on me, because he didn’t speak about peace or reach out to the Jewish people in Israel. His main point was that ‘the Palestinian flag will fly over Jerusalem.’ It was a pathetic performance, especially following Rabin’s generosity and eloquence.”
Schumer: Settlements are meaningless, only a strong Israel lobby will bring peace
Good solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict “Since Israel wants no more than to be left alone to let her citizens each live a happy and prosperous life, we know they are not the problem in promoting peace.”