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WOBURN — The Massachusetts Republican Jewish Committee has issued the following statement regarding the ongoing Hamas/Israeli conflict:
Last week, Donald Trump reiterated the obvious.
“When I was in office we were known as the Peace Presidency, because Israel’s adversaries knew that the United States stood strongly with Israel and there would be swift retribution if Israel was attacked.”
Truer words were never spoken.
The four years of the Trump Administration saw an unprecedented period of peace in Israel. Terrorism became an anomaly and missile attacks rare. Israelis could finally live the simple tranquility that most of us in the safety of America take for granted. And now?
Hundreds of terrorist missiles have rained down on Israel like hail, with many more to come, for sure.
It’s no coincidence that this is occurring now in the early months of the Joe Biden’s presidency. Unlike the unabashedly pro-Israel Trump, Biden has been at best lukewarm towards Israel.
Where Trump marginalized the Palestinian entities, closing their DC offices and suspending their financial support, Biden has done the opposite, welcoming them back into the failed “peace process” that never went anywhere, while showering them with tens of millions which are siphoned off by their terrorist proxies.
Trump created peace between Israel and its neighbors by bypassing the Palestinian Authority. The UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Morocco, and still more Arab states would have surely made peace with Israel had Trump been re-elected.
And under Biden?
Terrorism has been reintroduced to the Middle East, this time on a massive scale. Today it’s Hamas lobbing missiles on Israel, tomorrow it could be Iran launching ICBM’s. With the return of John Kerry, don’t be surprised.
We in the Jewish part of the Republican Party saw this coming, but the sudden aggressions of Israel’s now-emboldened enemies even surprised us.
Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and Rep. Ayanna Pressley have shown their true anti-Israel colors, while the rest of our Congressional delegation is either indifferent or quietly hostile to Israel’s plight. Just like the Democrat Party they serve.
There is one, and only one, pro-Israel party. But the Republican Party is no longer in power, its now-former president relegated to shouting from the sidelines. But shout he must, and so must we, lest we allow the Democrats to cause the Middle East to descend into a violent quagmire once again, with Israel its primary victim.
Tom Mountain and Marty Lamb
Massachusetts Republican Jewish Committee
Statement on Hamas by MassGOP Jewish Committee Co-Chairmen Tom Mountain and Martin Lamb
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