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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Israel at War—The Dems Wobble

To their credit, it took the Democrats almost two months before they allowed their latent pro-palestinian sympathies to overcome their concern about losing their many, many Jewish supporters. But as many Jewish progressives move Right because they are fed up with the blatant anti-Israel bias of the Dems' trained hamsters in the propaganda media, the vicious Jew hatred spawned by woke academia, and the anti-Semitic language espoused by the Rashia Tlaib wing of the party, Democratic leaders may no longer care.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Israel agreed on Monday to a two-day extension of its truce with Hamas to gain the release of more hostages, a priority of President Biden. But another idea is gaining ground among Democrats that is more dangerous: condition U.S. aid on how Israel conducts its war of self-preservation.

The stipulation is said to be merely that Israel follow international law. But since Israel does follow international law, and the U.S. already can withhold foreign assistance on human-rights grounds, the condition is unnecessary—but not harmless. During wartime, it would signal to Israel’s enemies that the U.S. has gone wobbly on the campaign to destroy Hamas.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.), chairman of the Foreign Relations subcommittee on the Middle East, made positive noises about the idea Sunday. “We regularly condition our aid to allies based upon compliance with U.S. law and international law,” he said, adding, “I think that you can defeat Hamas without this level of civilian casualty,” which he calls “unacceptable.”

Asked on Friday, President Biden said conditioning aid is “a worthwhile thought,” but “I don’t think if I started off with that, we’d ever gotten to where we are today. We have to take this a piece at a time.” Asked twice to clarify, national security adviser Jake Sullivan wouldn’t rule out the idea.

Not for the first time, Democrats are following Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who called for the condition on Thursday. “We cannot be complicit in actions that violate international law,” he wrote. “That includes an end to indiscriminate bombing.” Mr. Sanders is responding to the increasingly loud street protests against Israel by the Democratic left.

Here's a comment I made in the WSJ:

Democrats tell us repeatedly that they care so, so much about human rights and international law. They're happy to place "conditions" on Israel, but why is it that they aren't DEMANDING that Hamas release ALL hostages taken on October 7th right now. Using hostages as human shields is an outright violation of international law, so that demand should be easy to make.

And while they're at, the Democrats might focus some of their "moral outrage" on Islamic leaders, who have done virtually nothing to eliminate or at least rein in Islamist terror groups like Hamas, ISIS, al Qaida, Hezballah, the Taliban, and Boko Haram—all spawned out of Islam.

But doing the latter would alienate the Rashida Tlaib/Ilhan Omar wing of the party—can't have that. So instead, they feed the anti-Israel hate lust of many on the Left, and move ever closer to putting all of Israel in harm's way.

Oh wait ... Israel, a tiny democracy of less than 9 million people, is already in harm's way because Islam can't countenance the presence of the infidel in the Arab Crescent.

Maybe Bernie Sanders might suggest that since Hamas is in clear violation of International Law, all aid to Gaza—every U.S. dollar—should be cut off—immediately!

Nah, Bernie only pontificates about Israel—a country he seems to truly despise. He and far too many Democrats live in a Marxist world where the "oppressor" and the "oppressed" have no connection to reality and are defined by fools like the Senator.