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Washington - Pete Buttigieg Says Palestinian Leaders Are No Partner For Peace And Israel Needs ‘Guidance’

Published on: May 24, 2019 11:30 AM
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Pete Buttigieg, right, speaking to Jewish community represenatatives in Washington DC on May 23, 2019. (Stefani Reynolds/CNP)Pete Buttigieg, right, speaking to Jewish community represenatatives in Washington DC on May 23, 2019. (Stefani Reynolds/CNP)

Washington - Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said Palestinian leaders are not “the right kinds of partners” for peace, but that Israel’s leaders need American guidance.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a former naval intelligence officer, made his remarks Thursday at a meeting with several dozen representatives of Jewish groups held in Washington, D.C.

One of the “biggest problems” facing American policy with respect to Israeli and Palestinian leadership, he said, is “we don’t have the right kinds of partners in leadership on the Palestinian side, is that we have to invest more energy in constraining their worst impulses than in trying to get a good outcome.”

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The right approach to Israel, he said, “comes about when you have an ally or a friend that is taking steps that you think are harmful and you put your arm around your friend and try to guide them somewhere else.”

The Jewish representatives included Alan Ronkin, a regional director at American Jewish Committee; Mark Mellman, founder of the Democratic Majority for Israel group; and Norman Goldstein, vice president for Israel and Overseas at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

In a talk Thursday with The Washington Post, Buttigieg said: “Being supportive of Israel does not have to mean that you are on board with the agenda of the Israeli political right wing. I am not. I believe that this move to walk away from peace will harm Israeli interests, will of course continue to contribute to the immiseration of the Palestinian people, and is not good for the U.S. either.”

Buttigieg accused the White House of welcoming those who “are blatantly anti-Semitic” and excusing “people who walk the streets chanting ‘Jews will not replace us.’”

Therefore, he said, there is no merit to Republicans calling on “Jews on mass should leave the Democratic Party.”

The Democratic Party has faced criticism from Republicans for perceived inaction on remarks seen as anti-Semitic by freshman Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.



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 May 24, 2019 at 11:57 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

classic double talk of not supporting "right wing" government but no mention of HAMAS.

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 May 24, 2019 at 02:45 PM commonsense99 Says:

what does a young snook mayor of a city of 100 K know about the world?

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 May 24, 2019 at 02:53 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #1  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

classic double talk of not supporting "right wing" government but no mention of HAMAS.

Before he discussed Israel he said there is no one to talk peace for the Palestinians.

That would include Hamas.

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 May 24, 2019 at 02:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Lying POS it was the obamanation who had Jew haters welcome at the white house from al sharpton who buttf"kf"k is courting to the terrorist muslim brotherhood

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 May 24, 2019 at 03:00 PM hashomer Says:

How would he know this? Has he ever attempted to work with the Palestinians?

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 May 24, 2019 at 03:06 PM 5TResident Says:

Yes, and this nobody Mayor of South Bend, Indiana is going to "guide" the leaders of Israel, who live on the front line of terror and who are military veterans, the right way to go. Sheesh. Where do the Dems get these people?

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 May 24, 2019 at 03:32 PM Anonymous Says:

What a phony double talker, trying to appease the Jewish group he speaking to, while coddling the Palestinians and then having the nerve to call out the White House for supposedly having anti-Semites among them? After the filth that has infiltrated the Democrat party? This idiot just did himself in, not that he had a chance before this.

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 May 24, 2019 at 03:34 PM hashomer is an arab Says:

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hashomer Says:

How would he know this? Has he ever attempted to work with the Palestinians?

Your current retarded post is more proof positive who you really are. You piece of filth.

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 May 24, 2019 at 06:36 PM adar29 Says:

Pete Buttgig from bend south needs to denounce terrorism and his own party anti-Semitic members such as ilhan Omar and the kkk before he can day anything else. Am Israel has no need for any toeba coming to our defence. Trust in HaShem and follow his mitzvot. He will take care of the rest

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 May 26, 2019 at 09:24 AM Phineas Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

classic double talk of not supporting "right wing" government but no mention of HAMAS.

Because Hamas is not a party to the U.S. peace plan. It's a separate issue.

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 May 26, 2019 at 11:29 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Well, the only times Israel ever made peace with its neighbors was when the Americans provided guidance.

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 May 26, 2019 at 12:57 PM Pollack Says:

I have seen no evidence to the existence of so-called "Palestinian Leaders".

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