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Chuck Schumer Contradicts Kerry's Gaza Claims

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Dec 2016 06:55 PM

New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer Wednesday pushed back against Secretary of State John Kerry's claims about the Gaza Strip in his State Department speech slamming the Jewish state on its settlement activity.

"While Secretary Kerry mentioned Gaza in his speech, he seems to have forgotten the history of the settlements in Gaza, where the Israeli government forced settlers to withdraw from all settlements and the Palestinians responded by sending rockets from Gaza into Israel," Schumer, who will become Senate Minority Leader in January, said in a statement.

"This is something that people of all political stripes in Israel vividly remember.

"While he may not have intended it, I fear Secretary Kerry, in his speech and action at the U.N., has emboldened extremists on both sides."

Kerry referenced the Gaza Strip several times in his 70-minute speech.

Israel withdrew from the area in 2005 — and it has been controlled by Hamas since 2007.

He mentioned the Hamas violence against Israelis in Gaza, adding that the United States has "called for significantly easing the movement and access restrictions to and from Gaza, with due consideration for Israel’s need to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks."

Other Democrats were split on Kerry's speech.

House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland urged Kerry to not speak on the subject.

"This flies in the face of the United States' longstanding position that such a formulation should be reached only through negotiations by the parties and not by the United States, the United Nations, or any other third party," Hoyer said late Tuesday.

"I urge Secretary Kerry and the administration not to set forth a formula, which will inevitably disadvantage Israel in any negotiation," he added.

"The United States must now take steps to signal unequivocally to the entire world that we will continue to stand by our ally Israel as it seeks to build a future of peace and safety as a Jewish state and an equal member of the family of nations."

But California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, backed Kerry in this Twitter post:

 

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