New York, New York -- New York’s senior Senator and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer today attempted to defend the indefensible, claiming that “Senate Democrats are very strongly pro-Israel and will remain that way.”
Schumer made the remarks in response to a New York Times article yesterday, “A New Wave of Democrats Tests the Party’s Blanket Support for Israel.” The article cited a cluster of activist Democrats who “dared to breach what has been an almost inviolable orthodoxy in both political parties, strong support for Israel, raising the specter of a crack in the Democratic Party that Republicans could use to attract Jewish supporters.”
“Chuck Schumer must have missed the memo. Over the past year, New York’s junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has actually led the charge to systematically undermine and abandon Israel,” said Farley.
The facts are clear. Kirsten Gillibrand turned her back on the Jewish State when she:
Opposed ending the Iran nuclear deal;
Voted against the Taylor Force Act. Named for a West Point graduate slain by a Palestinian terrorist, the legislation prevents US taxpayer funds from flowing to the families of terrorists;
Abandoned her sponsorship of anti-BDS legislation following pressure from the anti-Israel left;
Embraced radical anti-Israel zealots like Linda Sarsour who call Senator Gillibrand “another champion, another one of our people who works for us on the inside.”
“Chuck Schumer needs to wake up. Kirsten Gillibrand has her eyes set on the White House, she will throw anything, anyone -- a political ally or a long-standing US ally like Israel -- under the bus in blind pursuit of her ambition,” said Farley.
Farley concluded, “If elected, I will always stand strong with our ally Israel and the nearly 2 million Jews who call New York home.”