WATCH: Jews incite, too, says pro-Israel lawmaker


Brad Sherman is about as stalwart a pro-Israel lawmaker as it gets.

The California Democrat helped found the Israel Project. He’s been a leader in initiating and advancing pro-Israel legislation, and has for decades warned about Iran’s nuclear intentions. He is one of just 25 Democrats who voted to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal in September.

At a hearing Thursday on Palestinian incitement, which culminated in a unanimous vote to condemn the stuff, he did what no other lawmaker did: Condemn incitement on the Israeli side. And he included among those doing Israel “immeasurable harm” Israeli leaders who oppose the two-state solution. That would be the majority of the current Israeli Cabinet.

Sherman starts, at the 49-minute mark in the video of the hearing, by condemning those who peddle “glorification” of terrorist deeds. “Arab leaders have much to answer for,” he says.

Then he adds:

As to Israel, in the days of the Roman Empire, those zealots who claimed to be the most pro-Israel did enormous harm. So now we see a few fringe Israeli leaders who want to disturb the status quo on the Temple Mount. They, too, are harmful. They provide a pretext for those who incite terrorism in Israel and those who seek delegitimization abroad. As to two-state solution, I don’t blame those who are pessimistic, I would doubt the sanity of anyone who bubbled with optimism about a two-state solution. But those who don’t voice pessimism about a two state solution — but those few Israeli leaders who oppose a two-state solution, also do immeasurable harm.

Hat tip, Americans for Peace Now.

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