For the past eight years, Republicans have been very critical of President Obama and how he has handled the U.S.-Israel relationship. It is thus surprising that these same groups – including the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) – have not criticized General James Mattis, president-elect Donald Trump’s preference for Secretary of Defense. The Jerusalem Post reports:
(Mattis) said chances of a two-state solution were starting to “ebb” because of Israel’s continued settlement activity in the West Bank. “If I’m in Jerusalem and I put 500 Jewish settlers out here to the east and there’s 10,000 [Arabs] in here, if we draw the border to include them, either it ceases to be a Jewish state or you say the Arabs don’t get to vote – apartheid,” he added.
The RJC’s Matt Brooks dismissed Mattis’s comments with a tweet. He said, “SecDef doesn’t engage in peace process issues/negotiations.”
Former Congressman Ron Klein called out Brook’s for the RJC’s hypocrisy, “I do think that is a double standard,” Klein opined. “I don’t suggest that General Mattis is anti-Israel. But when he uses words like apartheid and those kinds of terms – very hard-edged words – I think that’s very problematic.”
Aaron Keyak also commented, “I’m not saying General Mattis is anti-Israel, but if he were under consideration to be secretary of defense for President Obama or a President-Elect Hillary Clinton, Republicans would be tripping over themselves to condemn the Democrat as hostile to Israel.”
The Zionist Orgaization of America (ZOA), one Jewish organization that was very critical of Obama and stood behind Trump’s appointment of Steven Bannon, is the one of the hard-right pro-Israel group to formally disavow Trump’s preference for Mattis.
You can find the full story here in the Jerusalem Post.