Congressman-elect Lee Zeldin (R-NY) insists he will be different than the Democratic Party Jews in Congress- he will speak out against what he sees are anti-Israel policies by Barack Obama.
Zeldin, who defeated six-time Democrat Tim Bishop on election day, is the only Jewish Republican in Congress and is already taking swings at President Obama. He spoke to The New York Post after returning from freshman orientation last week:
Zeldin dismissed the Obama administration’s assertion there’s no distance between the US and Israel. He points to its criticism of Israeli settlements in Jerusalem and its negotiations with Iran.
“He (Obama) seems to create more daylight every week he’s in office,” Zeldin told The Post. “I don’t think they’ve had the most intelligent, disciplined approach with regards to our relationship with Israel.”
(...)The House and Senate now have 31 Jewish members, 30 Democrats and one independent Sen. Bernie Sanders who caucuses with the Dems. New York has five Jewish members – Reps. Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey, Steve Israel, Jerrold Nadler and Sen. Chuck Schumer.
As pointed out before on TruthRevolt, the only Jewish member of Congress who speaks out against President Obama on Israel or Iran is Rep. Eliot Engel.
Zeldin, a 34-year-old Iraq war vet and state senator, believes he’ll be more forceful in attacking Obama on Israel than his fellow Jewish Democrats, who have limits in criticizing their party’s leader.
“I’m sure that I’d be able to find a lot to disagree on with Eliot Engel,” he said of the strong Israel supporter.
However, one of Zeldin’s top Jewish organization backers says Democrat Engel has been a “terrific leader” on pro-Israel issues, especially on Iran.
“Eliot has been very outspoken and very strong and has been one of the great leaders on the issue,” said Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. “The problem is not so much the Eliot Engels of the Democratic caucus, but other members of the progressive left of the Democratic Party. The bigger problem really is Secretary of State (John) Kerry and President Obama.”