By Matthew Rot
When John McCain went before
the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on June 2, he could not
have been more obsequious to this group that has done more than any other in
With Joe Lieberman in tow, McCain opened by saying that "it's a pleasure, as always, to be in the company" of AIPAC.
Tone deaf to
In fact, he didn't even get around to mentioning the Palestinians until two-thirds of the way through his speech.
Then he repeatedly denounced
Hamas, calling it a "terrorist syndicate."
He left no doubt that he would be as hardline as Bush
has been against Hamas, regardless of the fact that Hamas won the elections in Gaza and has showed some
willingness to negotiate, according to Jimmy Carter. McCain's position on Hamas spells continued disaster for the people of
More startling, however,
McCain distanced himself even from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. McCain
noted that Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Olmert
are "engaged in talks that all of us hope will yield progress toward
peace." But in the very next sentence, McCain said: "Yet while we
encourage this process, we must also ensure that
This is the ancient Ariel Sharon line, used ad nauseam while Yasser Arafat was alive, that "there is no partner for peace," that "there is no one to negotiate with."
Nowhere was McCain more
hypocritical than on the subject of
Real security in the
Instead, he used much of his
speech to demand a tougher policy on
He also proposed a
"worldwide divestment campaign" against
That took real chutzpah.