Senator Chuck Schumer has now been unceremoniously stripped of his self-awarded, self-proclaimed “Guardian of Israel” title as he now apparently and stupidly refers to himself. After his recent attack on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling him one of the four major “obstacles” to peace, he demonstrated that he is, in fact, anything but a “Shomer Yisrael.”

People, especially in the rough-and-tumble game of politics, regularly get thrown under the bus, sometimes by the people closest to them and who they previously trusted. Schumer might be the first of his ilk to take himself by the proverbial collar and throw himself under the bus.

The New York Senate Majority Leader has a constituency that includes more than 20% of America’s Jews. Over the years, the majority of American Jews identified with the center-left in their political leanings here in the U.S., and in Israeli politics as well. But there is no question that after the brutal massacre of October 7, when mostly secular Jews received the full brunt of the Arab rampage, with waves of Hamas terrorists butchering, raping, maiming, and kidnapping the mostly civilian population, much of that sentiment shifted right.

Either Chuck Schumer didn’t get the memo, missed the bus, or is now planted firmly beneath the bus where he foolishly placed himself. There is an assortment of theories as to why Schumer did what he did at this time, criticizing Netanyahu on the Senate floor by saying, among other things, that the prime minister put himself in a coalition of far-right extremists and as a result, “he has been too willing to tolerate the civilian toll in Gaza, which is pushing support for Israel worldwide to historic lows.” He also claimed the Israeli people are “being stifled right now by a government vision that is stuck in the past.”

This from the Chuck Schumer who once begged Donald Trump to support his candidacy for Senate, but is now terrified of what will happen to his now “anti-Israel” party if Donald Trump returns to power in January 2025.

So, what was Schumer’s short-term logic for abusing his position as the senior Jewish ranking member of the U.S. government, opening himself up to being squeezed and bamboozled from both sides of the political spectrum?

At first, it seemed that Schumer’s target was Israel, probably at the behest of anti-Bibi stalwart, Yair Lapid, Leader of the Opposition since January 2023. The extreme leftist, anti-religious Lapid sees the prolonged war in Gaza as an opportunity to become Prime Minister as part of the “Day After” scenario. But upon further inspection, Schumer was careful to focus his rant not on Israel, but on his alleged long-time friend, Bibi.

But the immediate pressure seemed to be too much for Schumer, who immediately backtracked, saying he never intended to meddle in the way the Middle East’s only democracy chooses its leadership. That inflamed the left, who had hoped Schumer would double down on his criticism of both Israel and Bibi to try and force a ceasefire, which would be tantamount to Israel losing the war with Hamas.

Even Schumer, the great “Guardian of Israel,” intimated in his speech on the Senate floor that the U.S. might have to pressure and squeeze Israel by withholding the vital munitions that Israel needs if they are to succeed in vanquishing Hamas.

Schumer’s primary motivation, as ugly and disgusting as it may be, is to curry favor with the heavy Muslim population in Minnesota and Michigan, which Biden must win if he’s going to be reelected. Right now, the polls show Trump ahead in both states by comfortable margins. It looks like Schumer has failed on both fronts, with both the pro- and anti-Israel population in those states.

Chuck Schumer fails to understand that he’s not viewed any differently by critics of Israel and haters of Jews than “Zone of Interest” director Jonathan Glazer, who announced his refutation of Judaism at the Oscars in front of millions, and his continued protest of the war in Gaza.

Schumer, like Glazer, did not see fit to admonish Hamas for their savage butchery, nor did he call for the release of the hostages, which they’ve been holding for over five months. Essentially, Schumer has now been exposed as the undependable, erratic, and highly politicized supporter of Israel that he is, willing to use America’s ally in the Middle East to support his party’s political goals.

Forget that Schumer is Jewish and a self-proclaimed “Shomer Yisrael,” what type of political leader calls for a democratic country to overthrow their elected leader and feels so comfortable with his fake Jewishness and phony support of Israel as to stand there and refer to Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir as bigots?

Has Schumer looked around at Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush, or AOC, who no doubt hate and despise him as much as the Hamas terrorists hated all those they attacked and murdered on October 7?

How would Schumer or Glazer have responded if they had visited Kfar Aza or Be’eri on October 7? Would Glazer have said he refuted his Jewishness? Would Schumer have told the terrorists he’s calling for Bibi to be replaced as prime minister? Would it have helped? What do you think?

The most repugnant part of all this is that Schumer could not care less about Israel or what happens to the residents of Israel. Apparently, he would be very pleased with himself if he could somehow help Biden win Michigan and Minnesota in November, regardless of the additional deaths he would cause. Maybe that’s what Biden meant by advocating for a “two-state deal,” that he would be willing to agree to any policy that would enable him to win those two states in November.

I’ve alluded to the political machinations that are going on in this space previously. These are political animals, and their primary objective is to win no matter what the cost. There are no ethics, principles, or rules other than deception. They will deceive anyone in order to win.

Don’t forget that Chuck Schumer, though Jewish and a New York Senator for many years, is still a product of the Barack Obama Administration. Schumer brags about how he did not vote in favor of the Obama-concocted Iran Nuclear deal, but hides the fact because Obama let him off the hook because he had enough votes in the Senate to win. Don’t kid yourself. If Schumer’s party demanded that he vote for Iran to have nuclear weapons, he would do so without hesitation.

Chuck Schumer took his shot in a vain attempt for a Jewish senator from New York to oppose Israel and not be accused of antisemitism because he’s Jewish. That doesn’t mean he’s not a self-loathing Jew. He blurted out that Smotrich and Ben-Gvir are bigots because Schumer is a bigot. He appears to despise Jews who are not like him and do not subscribe to his watered down, diluted version of Judaism.

Chuck Schumer is the classic definition of a bigot: someone who cannot tolerate anyone who is not exactly like him. Worse than that, a bigot like Chuck finds that anyone who does not subscribe to the policies he feels are correct for Israel to be beneath contempt. And he feels perfectly entitled to antagonize them.

Schumer came down harder on Israel and Netanyahu then he did on Hamas or Qatar—the country that harbors and protects Hamas leadership, lavishing them with hundreds of millions of dollars.

Why in the world would Chuck think anyone would take him seriously? He may have received encouragement from President Biden, Secretary of State Blinken, and the Congressional “Squad,” but just about everyone else in Congress as well as the Jewish Community is wondering why Chuck did what he did at this juncture.

Does he seriously think that if Israel listens to him and calls for elections that the war in Gaza would automatically stop and the terrorists would release the hostages? Let’s not delude ourselves. Chuck is trying to contort himself in the hope that he can stop Biden from losing Michigan and Minnesota more than anything else.

Bibi Netanyahu has not lost his way. It is Chuck Schumer who has lost his way. It’s time for those of us in New York at the next election to lose Mr. Schumer. It’s probably not possible, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try.

 

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