Does Democrat Kathleen Rice support Obama policy preventing Israel from building in Jerusalem?
In response to the Obama Administration stating that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to build over 1,000 more homes in Jerusalem would be “incompatible with the pursuit of peace” in the Middle East, Bruce Blakeman slammed the White House and called on his Democrat opponent for Congress to make her position known on this important issue.
“The only thing the Obama Administration should be deeply concerned about is how they are turning their backs on our nation’s greatest ally in the Middle East,” said Blakeman, the Republican-Conservative-Independence nominee for Congress in New York’s open Fourth Congressional District.
“Of course Israel has a right to build on its own land. And it will be one of my top priorities to reverse this bad Obama policy,” Blakeman said.
Blakeman also pushed his Democrat opponent, Kathleen Rice, to state where she stood on this important issue — asking if his opponent shared his view or President Obama’s?
“Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel. No one should be permitted to dictate how Israel should govern their capital. I will never flip-flop on this position. Where exactly does Kathleen Rice stand? Her position is unclear. Is it with me or with President Obama?” asked Blakeman, who also noted that the national Democrat Party’s 2012 flip-flopped and removed the plank calling for Jerusalem to be recognized as Israel’s official capital from its national platform.
Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had directed the building of 660 homes in Ramat Shlomo, in Northern Jerusalem, and about 400 more in Har Homa, a neighborhood to the capital’s south.
The new debate over US relations with Israel comes as District Attorney Kathleen Rice, the Democrat nominee for Congress in New York’s open Fourth Congressional District, accepted an invitation to speak at a fundraiser for the Islamic Center of Long Island with radical Imam Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and, according to The New York Observer, she threatened a local Jewish newspaper for printing the factually accurate story.