fbpx

Rubio pledges to reinstate Bush letter to Sharon

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio pledged to reinstate the from President George W. Bush to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2004 in recognizing large settlement blocs in the West Bank as part of Israel.

Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in DC Thursday, Rubio said that as president he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital, move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, rip up the Iran nuclear deal, recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights and revive Bush’s letter to Sharon, a commitment President Barack Obama disavowed when he came into office. “I will revive the common-sense understandings reached in the 2004 Bush-Sharon letter and build on them to help ensure Israel has defensible borders,” he pledged. 

In the letter, Bush submitted to Sharon as part of mutual understandings to advance the peace process based on the roadmap, the U.S. president wrote, “As part of a final peace settlement… in light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli populations centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final-status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949, and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion.”

During his address at the RJC forum, Rubio also took an indirect shot at Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump who, on Wednesday in an interview with AP, questioned Israel’s commitment to peace. “They’re dead wrong,” Rubio said as referring to “one of the candidates.” He also stressed that a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians is not “a real estates deal.”

“Let me be crystal clear: There is no moral equivalence between Israel and its enemies,” he said. “Understanding that fundamental truth is essential to being the next Commander in Chief. This is not a real estate deal with two sides arguing over money. It’s a struggle to safeguard the future of Israel.”

The Republican presidential hopeful criticized the Obama administration for not speaking out forcefully against EU labeling of Israeli settlement products and the BDS movement. “Discriminatory laws that apply only to Jews are now being written into European law for the first time in more than half a century,” Rubio said. “I believe we need a president who is not afraid to call this out for what it is: anti-Semitism. I will be that president… As president I will make clear calling for the destruction of Israel is the same as calling for the killing of Jews.”

Did you enjoy this article?

You'll love our roundtable.

Enjoyed this article?

You'll love our roundtable.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 1880 Century Park East, Los Angeles, CA, 90067, https://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Editor's Picks

Latest Articles

Culture

Latest Articles
Latest

Israeli UFC Fighter Natan Levy Calls out Kanye after 2nd Unanimous Victory

Israeli UFC fighter Natan Levy won his second fight in the Octagon on Saturday night in Orlando. Levy went the distance with his opponent, Genaro...

“Beyond the Bolex” A Must-See Documentary For Anyone Researching Their Ancestors

Limited streaming release this weekend: A film that will inspire all viewers to ask questions about the great-grandparents that they may have never met.

Torah Portion Va-Yeitzei – From Tents to a Stairway to Heaven

    From a Tents to a Stairway to Heaven Thoughts on Torah Portion Vayeitzei 2022 (adapted from previous versions)   I can imagine Jacob justifiably bemoaning his fate...

Kanye Suspended from Twitter After Posting Swastika

Rapper Kanye West has been suspended from Twitter after posting a tweet containing a swastika embedded in a Star of David. Twitter CEO Elon Musk...

UN Passes Nakba Resolution

The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution on December 1 honoring the Nakba (catastrophe), which is how the Palestinians view the creation of...

Hollywood

Podcasts

More news and opinions than at a Shabbat dinner, right in your inbox.

x
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap