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Dem NY Senator Rips Netanyahu, Not Arabs, For Not Offering Plan For Peace

   DailyWire.com

On Saturday, a Democratic New York senator ripped Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he does “not have a plan for peace,” and calling on Israel, not the murderous Arab groups that threaten it, to be the party in the conflict that offers peace.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told a townhall meeting in the Bronx, “I am concerned that Prime Minister Netanyahu does not have a plan for peace, and doesn’t have a vision for peace.”

Ignoring the fact that Israel has always been ready to make peace with the Arab world surrounding it if the Arabs would let Israel live in peace, Gillibrand said of a meeting she had with Netanyahu last year: “In our meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, the question we asked is, what is your vision for peace, and he didn’t have one. He just said my only hope is that I protect my people from rockets. If you don’t have a vision, if you don’t have a plan, then it is never going to happen. And so we do need to require more of our world leaders, and I think a call to action to Israel’s government to have a plan for peace is really incumbent on all of us.”

Gillibrand was apparently intimidated by a questioner, reportedly from the Anti-Israel group Jewish Voice for Peace, who challenged her support for a bill that targets the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

As The Times Of Israel notes, “The bill extends existing bans on cooperating with boycotts sponsored by countries to those sponsored by international organizations. It also encompasses boycotts of settlement goods. Defenders of the bill say it is narrowly defined to target only businesses that proactively provide assistance to boycotts organized by international organizations.”

Although Gillibrand said, “The way I read the bill is not the way you read the bill. I saw the bill as an extension of foreign policy to not allow companies to side with foreign entities that were doing boycotts.” She also said she was willing to meet with the ACLU, which opposes the bill. She stated, “I am open to looking at [the bill] again because I do not want to undermine people’s free speech rights on any level.”

The idea that the onus for making peace is on Israel rather than the Arabs who have been threatening to eradicate the Jewish state since its founding and consistently repeated the threat, is insulting to anyone who has an ounce of brainpower.

But then again, Gillibrand is a Democrat, from the same party that lied to pave the way for the most dangerous existential threat to the Jewish state, Iran’s nuclear program. The same party whose original party platform to be offered at the 2012 DNC removed references to God and to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Gillibrand selling the Jewish state down the river shouldn’t be surprising considering which party she hails from.