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Is Schumer a Shomer or a Shande?

Is Schumer a Shomer or a Shande?

The hotshot senator from New York exactly five years ago was quoted in the Huffington Post as bragging:

"You know, my name comes from the word shomer, guardian, watcher. My ancestors were guardians of the ghetto wall in Chortkov. And I believe Hashem actually gave me that name. One of my roles, very important in the United States senate, is to be a shomer -- to be the shomer Yisrael. And I will continue to be that with every bone in my body."

Well, Senator Schumer, the bell has sounded for round one in your fight to protect Israel from the very believable promise of Iran to wipe the Jewish state off the map. And that very real threat was made even after the agreement composed, authorized and signed by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry that gave the green light to Iran to achieve nuclear weaponry capability. We and most of the American public believe that they are very capable and willing to fulfill their goal of wiping Israel off the map. So, what are you going to do about it?

Since the signing of that contract with Iran on July 14th, Schumer has made nary a sign that he is disturbed at its contents that have so far been revealed. Of course, those parts of the deal that will be kept under the blankets until well after the 60 days of congressional deliberation are over should put more worry lines on the forehead of our local senator.

But his latest news conference revelation that, "I'm still studying the issue, I'm studying very carefully. I have a lot of questions. This is one of the most important decisions that I and my colleagues will have to make. I won't be rushed into it," is more than a bit disturbing. The agreement is only 159 pages in length. Schumer's staff of attorneys can read and summarize its contents in a matter of hours.......if he chooses for them to do so. In essence he is stalling for time and stonewalling his constituents who are counting on him to deliver on his promise of defending Israel and this country, as well.

Schumer is balancing his goal of replacing Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader with his decision on the Iran agreement. If he strongly disapproves of it he faces Obama's wrath and an obvious loss of that plum appointment. If he sticks with the administration and places Israel in peril, his constituents may penalize him at the polls and may remove him from office. His over two week deliberation on this matter is unnerving.

Under the terms of congressional legislation passed in May, Congress has 60 days to scrutinize the accord between Iran and the United States, Britain, France China, Russia and Germany and then vote to accept or reject it - or do nothing. The president can veto any resolution of disapproval. Congress then needs a two-thirds majority in each house to override the veto So to put the deal into force, Obama only needs one-third of one of the houses to stand with him.

Senate Democrats are looking at him as THE weather vane on this matter. He is the "Jewish" spokesperson in that chamber. If he sides with the Obama-Kerry faction, they will do so as well, claiming that "Schumer made the call and we went along with the Israel supporter!"

Senator Schumer, please recall the arrest of nine heroic Jews outside your office last week begging you to stand up against the agreement with terrorist nation Iran. They willingly sacrificed themselves with the shame of imprisonment to urge you to do the right thing. You avoided them, ignored them and gave a signal to the mullahs in Iran that you stand with them and not with your once loyal constituents. Try as you may to avoid this most crucial decision, the clock is ticking as in the mechanism of a time bomb. You have the power to defuse it with your voice. Do so and remain the Shomer your ancestors would be proud of.

 

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