United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Democrat of New York) asks questions of U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army, as they deliver testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services on the U.S. policy towards Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Hagel and Dempsey Testify on ISIL, Washington D.C, America - 16 Sep 2014 (Rex Features via AP Images)

Kirsten Gillibrand on Israel: If You Can’t Say Something Nice, Say Something Stupid

Israeli diplomat Abba Eban once famously remarked of the endless conflicts in the Middle East, “The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”  New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand seems to have taken that adage to heart, except that in her case she never misses an opportunity to make herself look like a vapid caricature of a politician–think William J. Lepetomane from Blazing Saddles, but without the charm and savvy.

Not content with swearing up a storm during a stump speech (pro tip, Kirsten:  if you can’t find more creative uses for the f-word, don’t bother), Gillibrand recently chastised Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, for not having a plan for peace with the Palestinians.  Unfortunately, as our friends at the Reagan Battalion pointed out, her timing kind of stunk given what just happened over there:

Yes, that’s blood on the floor in the picture on the left.  It belongs to four members of a Jewish family who were getting ready to sit down to a Shabbat dinner.  When they heard a knock on the door, they assumed it was a guest who had arrived–but when they opened up, a Palestianian terrorist who wanted to die a martyr forced himself in and started stabbing them.  Before a neighbor could rush over and shoot the man, three members of the family were dead and a fourth wounded.

As for the terrorist, he didn’t get his wish.  He survived, and was rushed to a hospital.  That didn’t stop large crowds of Palestinians from celebrating the murders, though–because that’s what Palestianians do.

So, Senataor Gillibrand from the great state of New York–how exactly do you propose that the prime minister of Israel make a plan for peace with people like that?

Golda Meir once wrote, “Peace will come when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us.”  Not much has changed in the 44 years since that time, during which the Palestianians have steadfastly refused to recognize the existence of the state of Israel.  And therein lies the problem:  You can’t make peace with somebody who wants you dead.  Oh, the Palestianian Authority may talk differently for Western audiences, saying that they want to coexist–but the actions of their people say differently.  Those who would celebrate the death of innocents are infected with a hatred that has been taught from a very early age.  People like that are not interested in peace.

If Senator Gillibrand doesn’t understand that, she’s an even bigger fool than she makes herself out to be.

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