Hard to Believe Hashem Sanctions Schumer’s Defense of Israel

by James M. Wall

Charles Colson, the former Nixon special counsel-turned-Christian radio commentator, told his listeners God allowed Hurricane Katrina to remind the United States how important it is to win the “war on terror”.

That’s the way folks like Chuck Colson think. God talks to them. It may sound weird to most folks, but if you claim to be in hourly contact with God, reading the headlines together, who can say the message from Above was garbled.

The real problem comes when politicians claim divine guidance for their actions.

That was certainly the case when United States Senator Chuck Schumer (D/NY) told a radio interviewer that he was Israel’s “guardian” in the Senate, a role given to him by Hashem (God).

Speaking on the politically conservative Jewish Nachum Segal Show, Schumer told his interviewer that he had warned the White House he would “blast” the Administration if the State Department did not back down from its “terrible” tough talk toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Schumer had some strong language for Obama, go with us, or we will take it to the next step:

You have to show Israel that it’s not going to be forced to do things it doesn’t want to do and can’t do. At the same time you have to show the Palestinians that they are not going to get their way by just sitting back and not giving in, and not recognizing that there is a state of Israel.

Right now there is a battle going on inside the administration, one side agrees with us, one side doesn’t, and we’re pushing hard to make sure the right side wins and if not we’ll have to take it to the next step.

Schumer was not just speaking on behalf of his New York constituents. He was speaking as Israel’s guardian on behalf of Hashem (God).

How do we know this? Politico provides the text from the radio interview. Near the end, Schumer says:

One thing I want to assure your listeners, Nachum, my name as you know, comes from a Hebrew word. It comes from the word shomer, which mean[s] guardian. My ancestors were guardians of the ghetto wall in Chortkov and I believe Hashem, actually, gave me [that] name as one of my roles that is very important in the United States Senate [is] to be a shomer for Israel.  I will continue to be that with every bone in my body for of the other is [sic]against me.

Since his days as a Brooklyn congressman, Schumer has been a staunch defender of Israel. His defense stepped up when a president of his own Democratic party moved into the White House.

In February, 2010, a month after President Barack Obama took office, Schumer unashamedly emerged as Israel’s defender in all White House decisions.

When he learned that Obama had picked Charles Freeman as his new National Director of Intelligence, Schumer was on the phone to the White House, specifically to Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s Chief of Staff, and the White House go-to guy for Jewish leaders

Greg Sargent reported that Schumer’s office issued a statement that the Senator got Freeman dumped. In the statement, Schumer explained:

Charles Freeman was the wrong guy for this position. His statements against Israel were way over the top and severely out of step with the administration. I repeatedly urged the White House to reject him, and I am glad they did the right thing

Obama dropped Freeman so fast it caught veteran Washington Post journalist David Broder by surprise. He had just eaten breakfast with Freeman. Broder expressed his disapproval:

The Obama administration has just suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the lobbyists the president vowed to keep in their place, and their friends on Capitol Hill.

The country has lost an able public servant in an area where President Obama has few personal credentials of his own — the handling of national intelligence.

Charles Freeman, the man who was slated to be chairman of the National Intelligence Council, the high-level interagency group that prepares evaluations for the president and other senior officials, suddenly withdrew his name Tuesday night.

I know it was a sudden decision because I had breakfast with him that morning. He said then that he thought he could ride out the storm caused by his outspoken comments on policy toward China and the Middle East — and the enmity that he had incurred from lobbies supporting Israel and human rights in Tibet.

After losing that appointment, Freeman returned to his role as president of the Middle East Policy Council.

Had Freeman been allowed to serve as Obama’s National Intelligence Council chair, he would have brought to the post  long experience in international affairs, including assignments as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs from 1993-94, service with the Department of Defense  where he designed a NATO-centered post-Cold War European security system and the reestablishment of defense and military relations with China.

Freeman served as U. S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm). He was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during the historic U.S. mediation of Namibian independence from South Africa and Cuban troop withdrawal from Angola. For more on Freeman’s experience with the White House, see my essay in Link, L’Affaire Freeman, July-August 2009

None of this matters to a politician like Chuck Schumer, for whom love for Israel will trump experience and knowledge every time.

When the country lost  the services of Freeman, it lost a man with extensive experience in foreign affairs, an articulate writer who, no doubt to Schumer’s regret, recently described how damaging Israel is to world politics.

The website Mondoweiss published parts of a letter (with permission) which Freeman wrote summarizing what it is that makes Israel such a liability to American foreign policy. It is a concise statement of why having a divine Senate Guardian in the US Senate is dangerous to this nation’s future

Washington has made Israel our largest recipient of foreign aid, encouraged private transfers to it through unique tax breaks, transferred huge quantities of weapons and munitions to it gratis, directly and indirectly subsidized the Israeli defense industry, allocated military R&D to Israeli rather than US institutions, offered Israeli armaments manufacturers the same status as US manufacturers for purposes of US defense procurement, etc..

Almost all US vetoes at the United Nations and decisions to boycott international conferences and meetings have been on behalf of Israel. Israel treats its ability to command support from Washington as a major tool of diplomatic influence in third countries; it does not exercise its very limited influence abroad in support of US as opposed to its own objectives.

Meanwhile, American church bodies, the presumed guardians of goy values, refuse to take even modest steps on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to protest both Israel’s control of US foreign policy and its unchecked violations of Palestinian human rights.

I simply refuse to believe Hashem would sanction Senator Schumer’s defense of such conduct. In fact, I believe Hashem supports BDS.

About wallwritings

James M. Wall is currently a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Jim launched this new personal blog April 24, 2008. If you would like to receive Wall Writings alerts when new postings are added to this site, send a note, saying, Please Add Me, to jameswall8@gmail.com Biography: Journalism was Jim's undergraduate college major at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He has earned two MA degrees, one from Emory, and one from the University of Chicago, both in religion. He is an ordained United Methodist clergy person. He served for two years in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF reserve. While serving on active duty with the Alaskan Command, he reached the rank of first lieutenant. He has worked as a sports writer for both the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, was editor of the United Methodist magazine, Christian Advocate for ten years, and editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine for 27 years.
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7 Responses to Hard to Believe Hashem Sanctions Schumer’s Defense of Israel

  1. Brenda Bentz says:

    I suspect that it is through the churches that BDS will get traction and move to a mainstream constituency, just as has happened with all our important social justice movements. Sabeel just had about 1400 people at conferences in three churches here on the West Coast and Hawii. In all three conferences BDS came into a larger tent. And on May Day Sabeel Puget Sound had 62 people at a day-long BDS workshop, gathering Christian, Muslim, Jewish and secular activists to work on strategies and focus.

    Presenters talked about the cultural/academic boycott, Jewish Voice for Peace’s focus on divestment from TIAA/CREF’s pension fund and Palestine Solidarity Seattle talked about their work to identify produces and stores selling them. (http://www.palestineinformation.org/main.htm ) A local Muslin leader described a successful campaign to stop SSI from offering anti-Arab and Muslim training with Microsoft and our local police and State Patrol.

    All through the group were members of different churches who will take BDS back with them. We will meet again in October to focus on movement building. Churches have been slow to come to this issue. But it’s starting to happen.

  2. Harris Fawell says:

    Jim: Thanks for your views in regard to Sen. Schumer. It is unfortunate that he appears to be acting as an extremist when it comes to Isreal. I am still hoping that Obama will be objective and fair when it really matters in regard to Isreal and Palestine. Harris Fawell

  3. Awad Paul Sifri says:

    Thanks for revealing what damage to the US national security in both, blood and treasure, shady figures like Schumer have contributed and continue to contribute to the detriment of US National interests.
    Any member of Congress who places Israel’s perceived interests above those of the US should raise many questions.

  4. Perhaps if the “American church bodies, the presumed guardians of goy values” would LISTEN to who and what they are supporting: RACISM-they will wake up and change course?

    In “Feeling the Hate” Max Blumenthal’s newest You Tube series, he begins, “1500 Jewish extremists rally on 4/25/10 in Midtown Manhattan against President Barack Obama’s call for an Israeli construction freeze in East Jerusalem and demand unlimited rights to colonize the occupied Palestinian territories.”

    Among the far right racist demonstrators were members of CUFI, The Republican Jewish Coalition, the Zionist Organization of America, Z Street, Americans for a Safe Israel, , and Manhigut Yehudit, an anti-democratic group that calls for theocratic rule over Israel.

  5. Patricia Pynchon says:

    Hurrah==now how do we separate church and state? there must be some way of judging the Israeli policy in terms of human failing, and dismissing any connection with a chauvinistic God.
    Church and state must be separate from all Gods, of all nationalities, and humane behavior must be demanded in all cases. How will you influence our government to go by the rules and judge objectively in accordance with the best U.S. interests, and democratic human principles.?

  6. Steve Paul Moen says:

    I cry when I read thoughful observations of the Middle East struggle. My father (1905-87) said he was convinced the Israeli/Palestinian problem would not be solved in his lifetime. I cannot accept the thought that major progress won’t be made during my lifetime (1941-???). If the USA won’t see through its being manipulated and look out for its own interests, e.g. avoiding nuclear war with a new “Persia,” can’t it at least apply the moral values that unerlay the creation of its own nation, i.e. freedom for and tolerance of all God’s children?

  7. Chinkiz Khan says:

    Obama….here comes annother zionest puppet!!!

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