Colonel Allen Awesome, er, West met with supporters last week and discussed his recent trip to Israel. Unlike so many others, West is never mealy-mouthed about the issues that matter most.
- The United Nations a “failed organization.”
- The U.S. must move its embassy to Jerusalem.
- “America is not complete without Israel just the same as my spiritual being is not complete without the Jewish people.”
- Upcoming UN vote “is one of those propaganda tools that they have been so successful in doing that tries to put Israel on its heels and put Israel on the defense,” West said. “If they do proceed with it, it’s very simple. Then we start to cut off the funding [to the PA].”
Sun-Sentinel – U.S. Congressman Allen West, R-Plantation, who recently returned from his second visit to Israel, pleased an adoring audience last Thursday evening at the Levis JCC’s Sandler Center in West Boca Raton with his straightforward and sometimes passionate defense of the Jewish state.
“There’s nobody who is more fervent in his stand on Israel than our Congressman Allen West,” Barbara Feingold said as she introduced West.
“The United States and Israel are completely intertwined together. We must never forget that commitment to Israel,” West said. It was one of several lines that brought applause from the audience.
West was part of a delegation of 20 freshman Republican members of Congress and four senior members on the trip that was arranged by AIPAC’s American Israel Education Foundation.
The delegation met with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, IDF chief, Gen. Benny Gantz, Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Dan Shapiro, U.S. ambassador to Israel, and Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister.
West said Netanyahu reminded the members of the Congressional delegation that the United States and Israel share a common enemy, “militant Islam.”
He said Israel must be “allowed to defend itself from external and internal aggression.” West also said there cannot be a divided Jerusalem. The United States must “correct its mistake” and move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, he said.
In an interview with the Jewish Journal, West talked about how his Christian upbringing created a love of Israel. He said when he was a child, the stories he read in Sunday school and in Bible study classes all took him back to the land of Israel.
“And of course, my internal life is based upon a Jewish carpenter from Nazareth,” West said. “There is that connection between the United States and Israel. America is not complete without Israel just the same as my spiritual being is not complete without the Jewish people.”
West called the United Nations a “failed organization.” He said the attempt by the Palestinian Authority to get a unilateral declaration for a Palestinian state in the United Nations is “really a sham in itself because it’s really not a two state solution.” There is no connection between Fatah in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, he explained.
“This is one of those propaganda tools that they have been so successful in doing that tries to put Israel on its heels and put Israel on the defense,” West said. “If they do proceed with it, it’s very simple. Then we start to cut off the funding [to the Palestinian Authority].”
To have a two state solution, you have to have a state that will guarantee internal security for Israel, which means denouncing terrorist acts, West said.
He said that while the delegation was in Israel, he never heard Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority president, or Fayyad condemn the attacks in Eilat or the firing of rockets and missiles on Israel almost daily from inside the Gaza Strip.
“A lot of the volatility that we see coming out of the Middle East is because the United States is portraying itself as weak,” West said.
Several persons in the audience said West’s directness, knowledge and passion are some of the qualities they like in the 50-year-old, first-term Republican Congressman and retired U.S. Army Colonel. (more >>>)