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Schumer Holds the Key to Israel's Survival

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Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 03:20 PM Current | Bio | Archive

How ironic that a Democratic, Jewish, New York, United States senator holds the key to the very survival of that state of Israel.

Sen. Schumer is the lynchpin as to whether or not the Iranian nuclear disarmament deal negotiated by President Obama and Secretary Kerry will be able to sustain a certain veto by the House and Senate.

The largest Jewish population in America is settled in the New York City metro area at approximately 1.1 million out of the 5.4 million Jews nationwide. There are as many Jews in America as there are in Israel.

America should be Israel’s most staunch and valued ally based on shared values and shared population of Jews.

Obama’s deal with Iran a rogue state that is deemed to be without question the number one worldwide sponsor of terrorism and the number one enemy of the State of Israel and of the United States. Their leaders called for the destruction of Israel and America before, during and after the negotiation of the Iranian Nuclear Disarmament Agreement that has yet to be approved by Congress.

In advance of the Congress deliberating and voting on the agreement the Obama administration in an effort to buck up Democrats brought the agreement to the U.N. Security Council this week where they unanimously approved it without condition or amendment.

The House and Senate now have 60 days and counting to act on the agreement as per the Corker Bill which set forth the mechanics to this agreements path though the Congress.

Like Obamacare there will be likely no Republican support for the agreement in the House or the Senate and thus the Bill to approve the agreement will fail forcing the president to veto the bill and send the bill back to Congress to either override it or not.

The House and Senate need a two-thirds majority of both Houses to override a veto. And, thus the key to an override rests with Democrats in the House and the Senate, but it is in the Senate where Democrats will be the key because 67 senators are needed. Currently there are 54 Republicans, 44 Democrats and two independent U.S. senators.

The Washington Post is reporting that as of today, 59 Senators oppose the deal with 14 undecided. All of the Democrats on the fence are waiting to hear from Schumer.

I attended a sobering lunch yesterday in New York City with Sen. McCain, Sen. Graham, and former Sen. Joe Lieberman who set forth a clear and convincing argument as to why Democrats need to step up to prevent the president from not only entering a agreement that will be honored in the breach but will bind future president’s and will assure Iran a nuclear weapon or worse.

Here are some questions every member of the House and Senate must answer before they vote to approve this agreement with Iran:

  • Does Iran agree to release the four American hostages it is holding?
  • Does Iran agree to stop terrorist acts and funding?
  • Does Iran renounce its intentions to destroy America and Israel?
  • Does Iran agree to unfettered access and inspections to nuclear facilities civilian and military?
In addition to these questions Schumer needs to answer to his constituents and especially to the Jews he represents the following before his vote:
  • What was your role in the negotiation of this agreement before, during, and after?
  • Did you agree to the addition of the conventional weapons and missiles to the agreement?
  • Did you agree that the U.N. should act on the agreement before Congress?
  • Did you agree to the inspection timelines and protocols?
  • How can you support and agreement changes nothing with regard to the “state of war” that exists between the State of Israel and America?
  • Did you consult with Jewish leaders in America and Israel before, during and after the agreement was consummated?
  • Do you consider your role to support the President as a partisan, or do you consider your vote one of conscience and consequence for both Israel and America?
  • Do you believe Iran can be trusted to honor the agreement?
  • Do you agree with the President that if this deal is not done there will be war with Iran? Is that the only alternative?
  • What do the words “Never Again” mean to you as a Jew?
All eyes will be on the senior U.S. senator from the state of New York who is both a Democrat and a Jew. Will he stand up to his president or will he stand up for America and the state of Israel?

Schumer needs to vote as if his life, his nation, and his religion depend on it because they may.

Bradley A. Blakeman served as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-04. He is currently a professor of politics and public policy at Georgetown University and a frequent contributor to Fox News Opinion. Read more reports from Bradley Blakeman — Click Here Now.

 



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Sen. Schumer is the lynchpin as to whether or not the Iranian nuclear disarmament deal negotiated by President Obama and Secretary Kerry will be able to sustain a certain veto by the House and Senate. Schumer needs to vote as if his life, his nation, and his religion depend on it.
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