Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch has strongly criticized Democrats in Congress for not speaking out against the Obama administration’s anti-Israel tilt.

Koch, who himself served as a Democrat congressman from 1969 to 1977, wrote in his April 20 weekly commentary: “The silence continues to be deafening with no Democrat in Congress to my knowledge crying out against President Obama for continuing to try to diminish the U.S.’ closeness to Israel.  The President is apparently attempting to placate the Sunni Muslim countries…The President fails to realize, however, that sacrificing the U.S.-Israel relationship is both unnecessary and dangerous…Only through steadfast U.S. support of Israel will the Arab countries realize that the Jewish state is here to stay.  That, in turn, will lead to peace.”

Koch was particularly critical of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York.  Koch wrote previously that when he challenged the Democrats’ silence on Israel, Schumer contacted him privately to say that he was “working behind the scenes” to alter U.S. policy.  Now, in his April 20 commentary, Koch wrote:

“There are those, when asked what they are doing to challenge and defeat the President’s actions with regard to these grave matters, who have answered, ‘I am working behind the scenes.’  Those corridors must be heavily crowded and those hidden efforts do not appear to have produced results.  I repeat, the silence is deafening.”

Koch said that two recent congressional letters concerning Israel, which inexplicably were sent to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton rather than directly to President Obama himself, were “toothless” and ineffectual.   “The letters consist of a platitudinous statement of why the U.S. and Israel are allies, but do not criticize the President or convey to him that Congress will oppose his efforts to change the U.S.-Israel relationship,” Koch wrote.

Koch added:  “Even more shocking is that some key Senators were unwilling even to sign the toothless letter.  One can only speculate why the following Senators declined to sign – John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee; Dick Durbin (D-IL), Democratic Party Whip; Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Majority Leader, and others.  Was it due to agreement with the President’s plan?  Was it fear of the President?  I suspect agreement.”

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