Insightful geopolitical analysis here:
“Of course, we say it’s our land, the Torah says it, but they (Palestinians & Arabs) don’t believe in the Torah. So that’s the reason there is not peace.” – Senator Chuck Schumer’s speech at AIPAC. pic.twitter.com/g2q38YGuwN
— Sacha Saeen (@_Saeen_) March 7, 2018
Sen. Chuck Schumer should join the ranks of U.S. senators who don’t represent their constituents, but rather the largest employer or lobby in their state. Henry Jackson, whose name is immortalized in that neocon bastion of pro-Israel hasbara, the Henry Jackson Society, was the “Senator from Boeing.” Schumer should henceforth be known as the “Senator from Aipac.” The only problem: there are so many other senators and Congress members who deserve this honorific.
“The fact of the matter is that too many Palestinians and too many Arabs do not want any Jewish state in the Middle East,” Schumer told the audience gathered for AIPAC’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. “Of course, we say it’s our land, the Torah says it, but they don’t believe in the Torah. So that’s the reason there is not peace. They invent other reasons, but they do not believe in a Jewish state and that is why we, in America, must stand strong with Israel through thick and thin.”
Of course Palestinians don’t want a “Jewish” state. Any more than Israelis want an ISIS state or al Qaeda state or Taliban state or Islamist caliphate. Because a Jewish state is a state based on settlerism, hate and intolerance. It’s a state based on Jewish supremacy. It’s a theocratic state in which even its Jewish citizens are compelled to adhere to religious traditions in birth, death, marriage and divorce, whether they want to or not. It is a state devoted to pagan idolatry worshiping land, ruins and relics over human beings and moral values. It’s a state which forecloses full, equal rights for LGBT individuals.
Notice Schumer’s use of “our,” as if there is no distinction between himself and Israel. There’s that dual loyalty monster rearing its ugly head. The Biblical land of Israel is no more “my” land than it is the Dalai Lama’s land. Treating the ancient land of Israel as the same as contemporary fact is a delusion and a fairy tale. The modern State of Israel is not the Davidic kingdom. It is a modern national-political construct. Introducing religion into the equation poisons the well. If we Jews can claim Biblical boundaries for the modern state of Israel then what’s stopping Muslims or Islamists from claiming similar boundaries based on their historical traditions and sacred texts? What’s stopping Erdogan, who claims the mantle of the Ottoman caliph, to reclaim the boundaries of the Ottoman empire? Remember, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
The gravest injury in his speech however is the insane claim that the reason Palestinians refuse to accept a Jewish state is that they don’t believe in Torah. Who the hell says Palestinians must believe in Torah? And further, who says Palestinians could not accept an Israeli state (not a Jewish one), despite the fact that they don’t believe in Torah? All that would be required is for Israel to return to 1967 borders, share Jerusalem as a two-state capital and acknowledge the right of refugees to return. That, many (not all) Palestinians could accept. Not that this is likely or practicable, which makes the entire argument superfluous.
Again, invoking the Torah only confirms that Schumer is a Jewish supremacist. No different than your garden variety Christian supremacist who slaughtered Jews on the way to the Crusades; or who tortured Jews on the rack in medieval Spain. They too claimed Jews were evil because they refused to accept Jesus as their savior. This is hateful rhetoric whether coming from Torquemada or Chuck Schumer. It has no place in any modern political argument, no matter how acrimonious.
Finally, what’s especially shameful about this is that Schumer is so desperate, in the age of Trump, to prove his pro-Israel bona fides, that he stoops to shameless Zio-pandering. Does the Democratic Party really need to debase itself to this extent? I know Bernie Sanders would never do this. That is a model the Democratic Party should adopt instead of this bowing and scraping before Aipac’s pro-Israel ayatollahs.
By the way, we shouldn’t be surprised at Schumer’s pro-Israel racism. A few years ago he was scheduled to speak at a New York Israel Independence Day event sponsored by Kahanists and settlers. He only backed out when progressive blogs and media pointed out who he was to be rubbing shoulders with. Then, he developed a spine and conscience and dropped out. Clearly, he has no real value system, Jewish or otherwise. He has a nose for votes and bucks. That’s about all.