Former Texas Congressman Robert “Beto” O’Rourke has proven he’s willing to jump in radical camps when it comes to various issues, but the latest one falls in line with a problem of antisemitism that the Democratic party has been having lately.
To be clear, I’m not accusing O’Rourke of being an antisemite himself, but he seems to be playing right into their hands.
According to O’Rourke Israel is too in league with Republicans and following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu down a bad path because, as O’Rourke claimed, Netanyahu is racist.
“The US-Israel relationship… if it is to be successful, must transcend partisanship in the United States, and it must be able to transcend a Prime Minister who is racist as he warns about Arabs coming to the polls. Who wants to defy any prospect for peace, as he threatens to annex the West Bank and who has sided with a far-right racist party in order to maintain his hold on power.”
Beto O'Rourke: "The US-Israel relationship… if it is to be successful, must transcend partisanship in the United States, and it must be able to transcend a Prime Minister who is racist." https://t.co/cBsQa2jrHm pic.twitter.com/7BPxeeKmIk
— The Hill (@thehill) April 8, 2019
O’Rourke also reiterated his support for a two-state solution with Israel, a popular position on the left.
Netanyahu has promised that if re-elected, he will establish Israel’s sovereignty over war-won lands such as the west bank.
“I will impose sovereignty, but I will not distinguish between settlement blocs and isolated settlements,” he said according to Fox News. “From my perspective, any point of settlement is Israeli, and we have responsibility, as the Israeli government. I will not uproot anyone, and I will not transfer sovereignty to the Palestinians.”
Firstly, Netanyahu is demonstrably not a racist. This was even backed up by former Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman, who told Varney & Co. that after knowing and working with Netanyahu for some time has first hand knowledge about the man’s lack of racial bigotry.
“This is an ally in the midst of an election,” he said Stuart Varney on Monday. “What I would say, and I know Prime Minister Netanyahu a long time, I agree with him a lot of the time, I sometimes disagree — he’s not a racist.”
O’Rourke threw the accusation out there either out of ignorance, a need to be sensationalistic, or both. It’s an accusation that easily ruffles the feathers of those on the left, and an easy way to paint someone as an entity that needs to be resisted. It’s lazy politics, but it’s a quick way to get people to side with you.
Secondly, O’Rourke has demonstrated a woeful ignorance about matters in the Middle East. A two-state solution isn’t going to happen so long as Palestinian groups make the collapse of Israel a top priority.
The efforts for peace aren’t for lack of trying by Israel, but groups like Hamas who have written in their charter that Israel must fall and Jews must die are not going to respect any solution, much less a two-state one.
Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it”
“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.
Both of these phrases exist in the Hamas charter and point to the fact that there can be no seeing eye to eye here. Especially if you add…:
“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”
It should be made clear that Hamas is no run of the mill terrorist group. It’s an elected government with the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people as one of its goals.
Israel is surrounded by enemies, many of them with the same mind as Hamas and they are numerous. Being cautious about who they allow having a say in their country is wise, as any kind of infiltration by foreign entities could lead to disaster on a scale we’ve rarely seen.
O’Rourke is either willfully blind to this or unknowingly ignorant. Painting Netanyahu as racist because he’s protected his people from those who have flat out vowed to kill his own people is the height of asininity.
O’Rourke should apologize.