This past Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) delivered a wide-ranging speech at an Orthodox Union event in Washington, D.C. The senatorâ€™s lecture touched on areas such as Iranâ€™s nuclear program, the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and several domestic policy issues.
During one point of his speech, Schumer turned his attention to the situation in Gaza. He told the audience that the â€œPalestinian people still donâ€™t believe in the Jewish state, in a two-state solution,â€ and also that â€œthey donâ€™t believe in the Torah, in David.â€ He went on to say â€œyou have to force them to say Israel is here to stay.â€
New Yorkâ€™s senior senator explained that the current Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip â€” which is causing a humanitarian crisis there â€” is not only justified because it keeps weapons out of the Palestinian territory, but also because it shows the Palestinians living there that â€œwhen thereâ€™s some moderation and cooperation, they can have an economic advancement.â€ Summing up his feelings, Schumer emphasized the need to â€œto strangle them economically until they see thatâ€™s not the way to go makes sense.â€