Kathleen Rice’s True Record on Israel

Kathleen Rice’s True Record on Israel

The Democrat party has lurched hard to the left, thanks to the new base they have created for themselves.  Democrat politicians now have a delicate balancing act to pull off: give their base what it wants, while paying lip service to the people the Democrats used to care about, and whose votes the Democrats have taken for granted for far too long.

Democrats used to be the party of working class families, many of them in unions, many of them Catholic and Jewish, descended within a generation or so from immigrants who came to America with a view towards assimilating, becoming fully American.  These people have been discarded by the Democrats and now, in increasing numbers, these people are saying goodbye to the party of their parents and grandparents.

The Democrats’ central agenda item is now Open Borders.  How does open borders help working class Americans, or unemployed Americans?  The Democrats don’t care, they only care about their new base.  Well, enjoy it while it lasts, “moderate” Democrats, because as DNC chair Tom Perez says, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the “future of [the Democrat] party.”  In only a few short years, Nancy Pelosi, Steney Hoyer, Kathleen Rice, Carolyn Maloney, Jarred Nadler…they are all going the way of Joe Crowley.  They know it, and they know what their new base wants.

So other than abolishing ICE, what are the demands of the new generation of Democrats?  What are they asking, in exchange for keeping the old generation on life support?  Well, look no further than Ms. “future of the Democrat party” herself: Israel must be declared an “occupier” and an “apartheid state” that “massacres” Gazans engaged in “peaceful protests.”  This is why I say that pro-Israel Democrats are an endangered species.  Historians will marvel that the Democrat party once produced men like John F. Kennedy, who said things like this:

within this tradition of friendship there is a special obligation on the Democratic Party. It was President Woodrow Wilson who forecast with prophetic wisdom the creation of a Jewish homeland. It was President Franklin Roosevelt who kept alive the hopes of Jewish redemption during the Nazi terror. It was President Harry Truman who first recognized the new State of Israel and gave it status in world affairs. And may I add that it would be my hope and my pledge to continue this Democratic tradition – and to be worthy of it.

From JFK to Ocasio-Cortez, and then what?  It’s up to the base.  Where the base goes, the politicians go.  It’s not so much who you vote for, but who else is voting for the person you’re voting for that you should concern yourself with.

Against this backdrop, let’s see where Kathleen Rice actually stands on issues relating to Israel.

Donald Trump broke with a longstanding Washington D.C. tradition, sending the swamp into histrionics, by doing what he said he was going to by moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.  Good call by the President.  Kathleen Rice didn’t think so, at least not judging by her voting record.  She refused to support H.R. 4718, the Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel Act.  As its name suggests, this bill recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and called for the transfer from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem of the United States Embassy.  In fact, under the watchful eyes of their base, not a single House Democrat supported this – just as no House Democrat attended the opening of the new embassy in Jerusalem.

Rice also refused to co-sponsor H.R. 257, the Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel Act.  In 2017 she also refused to support H.Con.Res. 11, which called upon the U.S. government to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to locate the U.S. Embassy in Israel in Jerusalem.  Did she sleep in that day, or forget there was a pro-Israel measure she could vote for?  Doubtful, because she refused to support an identical resolution in 2015, even though it had bipartisan support.

Rice failed to get behind H.Res. 785, which expresses support for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, or behind H.Res. 684, which objected to the U.N.’s criticism of the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, or behind H.Res. 328, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and called for  strengthening the American-Israeli alliance, or behind H.Res. 570, which condemned efforts by UNESCO to deny the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem, affirmed the Jewish people’s historical, religious, and cultural connection to Jerusalem, and commended the government of Israel for protecting the freedoms of all faiths in Jerusalem.

Did Kathleen Rice co-sponsor H.Res. 815 a resolution commemorating the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the State of Israel and the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem?

No.

Or how about H.R. 3547, Jerusalem’s Enhanced and Secure Accommodations Act of 2017, which authorized the State Department to establish a permanent residence for the U.S. Ambassador to Israel in Jerusalem?

No.

Did she co-sponsor H.Con.Res. 92, recognizing the modern State of Israel as a secure and democratic homeland for the Jewish people that upholds full and equal rights for all of its citizens, and calling for increased economic, security, and cultural ties between the United States and Israel?  How about H.J.Res. 135 – Supporting Israel’s Right To Defend Its Borders?  Or H.Res. 785, calling for including Israel in the first tier of countries receiving strategic trade authorization?  H.Res. 728, which called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to stop singling out Israel as a permanent item on its agenda?  Maybe H.R. 3542, the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act, which declared that the use of human shields by Hamas is as an act of terrorism, a violation of human rights and international humanitarian law, and called for the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution imposing multilateral sanctions against Hamas for its use of human shields?

No, No, No, No, and No.

Come on, Kathleen Rice!  What happened to “I’ve come to see more and more each day that when it comes to national and global security, no partnership is more valuable and mutually beneficial than the one we have with Israel.”  [applause, applause].

Then how about doing something in Congress towards that end, such as co-sponsoring a bill that supports the U.S.-Israel partnership like H.R. 2659, the United States-Israel Agriculture Strategic Partnership Act, which authorized the Department of Agriculture to establish a program for cooperative research and development in agriculture with the government of Israel?  No, Rice didn’t co-sponsor it.  Why on Earth not?

How about co-sponsoring an act such as Sanctioning Hizballah’s Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act?  No?  Why not?

Kathleen Rice also did not support H.Res. 772, which condemned Louis Farrakhan for promoting ideas that create animosity and anger toward Jewish Americans and the Jewish religion, or H.R. 672, the Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017, which requires continued and enhanced annual reporting to Congress in the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on: (1) anti-Semitic incidents in Europe; (2) the safety and security of European Jewish communities; and (3) the efforts of the United States to partner with European governments, the European Union, and civil society groups, to combat anti-Semitism.

Believe me, the list goes on and on.  The lesson is, we can listen to what people say, or we can watch what they do.  With politicians, watch how they vote.  And, watch who is voting for them.

In November of 2018, vote for Ameer Benno.  You know where I stand on all of these issues, and how I will vote.  You deserve a representative in Congress who shares your values and is there to get things done.