NY Jewish Congressman Slammed as ‘Traitor’ and ‘anti-Israel’ for Backing Iran Deal

Orthodox politicians savage Democrat Jerrold Nadler, comparing him to rabbis who urged FDR to refuse sanctuary for Jews during the Holocaust.


NEW YORK – It has been, in many ways, the most torturous decision of his career, says Rep. Jerrold Nadler – even more difficult than the decision to oppose the use of force in Iraq – one which kept him up many nights mulling over whether to support or oppose the Iran nuclear deal. Now that he’s made the decision to support the nuclear agreement with Iran, the personal attacks on his loyalty to Israel, from the Orthodox community in Borough Park in particular, are proving deeply distressing to him.

The congressman represents a large swath of New York City, from the largely liberal Upper West Side through conservative Brooklyn neighborhoods of Midwood and Borough Park, said to be the most Jewish congressional district in the country. He is the first Democrat from the New York area to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. As soon as Senator Chuck Schumer opposed the deal he too was attacked, but with allegations of dual loyalty with Israel.

Nadler says he worked hard to compartmentalize and keep political considerations at bay as he considered the nuclear deal. “When you’re dealing with issues of war and peace, that conceivably means life and death for many people, you have to try to ignore the political ramifications. It’s difficult to compartmentalize like that but that’s what’s important, not to worry about my next election.”

His mandate, he feels, is clear: “to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, which as Prime Minister Netanyahu said, is an existential threat to Israel.” But deciding whether the JCPOA is the most effective means to that end was not.

Nadler consulted with people on all sides of the issue: Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer (though not Netanyahu directly), leaders of AIPAC, former heads of Israeli intelligence including Ami Ayalon, Agudath Israel of America and constituents. President Barack Obama met with Nadler and wrote him a four-page letter detailing United States support for Israeli military superiority through foreign military financing and state-of-the-art technology. In the letter, Obama also assured him that Iranian violations of the agreement would be met with so-called unilateral and multilateral “snap-back sanctions.”

On Friday Nadler published a nearly 5,200-word statement explaining why he has concluded that supporting the “flawed” JCPOA is the better decision. His statement is peppered with references to his Jewishness and commitment to Israel.

Now what’s keeping him up at night is the personal attacks he is getting from Orthodox precincts. “Of course it hurts. It’s emotional,” he tells Haaretz.

“Most hurtful is people asserting, shouting, that somehow I am anti-Israel,” Nadler says. “I’ve been a supporter of Israel my whole life,” ever since he was a boy of 8 or 9 in Crown Heights and raised money for Israeli charities by holding out pushkes.

The congressman went on to detail some of his pro-Israel bona fides. He has visited more times than he can count, including twice last year. After a trip with AIPAC last summer, when he stayed on for a vacation with his wife, Nadler appeared on MSNBC defending Israel’s actions during the Gaza war.

As a teenager, Nadler was active in Mizrahi Hatzair, a youth group then affiliated with the larger B’nai Akiva youth movement, he said. He was being groomed for a leadership position, until he reflected on the organization’s motto: “Eretz Yisrael, Am Yisrael, al pi Torah,” or “The Land of Israel for the Jews according to the Torah.”

“I said to myself, at 16 or 17, ‘I don’t believe in theocracies,’” and so he stepped back from involvement with the group.

As a Columbia University student he headed the district of the Zionist Organization of America. At the time it was not as right-wing an organization as it is today, he said.

His professional pro-Israel political activism predates his time in Congress, to which he was first elected in 1992. As a New York State Assembly member, in 1981 he authored a resolution urging Congress to reject the sale of the advanced aircraft known as AWACS to Saudi Arabia, a deal vehemently opposed by Israel and the organized American Jewish community at the time.

He has also led the fight against BDS, Nadler told Haaretz. “I was the first person to take on the Ford Foundation 10 years ago, and got them to revise their guidelines so they wouldn’t fund organizations which support BDS. Now for people to say that I’m anti-Israel is personally insulting and factually incorrect.”

While he has received emails and phone calls of support, he said, vociferous attacks have come from the religiously and politically conservative precincts of Borough Park in particular. New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind rented a double-decker bus on which he hung a sarcastic banner bearing Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s smiling visage thanking America, and parked it outside Nadler’s Manhattan office.

Hikind has also threatened to raise millions of dollars to fund the primary campaign of someone who can beat Nadler in the next election.

City Council member David Greenfield, who represents the same community, tweeted “BK constituents outraged at his support of Iran deal & believe he lied to us” when he said earlier that his mind was not yet made up.

“Someone said I turned my back on klal Yisroel [the Jewish people] in tweets, in speeches. We are told a rabbi in shul compared me to the rabbis who approached President Roosevelt and told him not to admit Jewish refugees” from the Holocaust to America, said Nadler.

Someone else described his decision as “one of the most tragic betrayals” of the Jewish people, relayed Nadler.

“The political consequences are concerning, but I had to. How could I live with myself If I voted against it knowing that would increase the chances of a bomb in Iranian hands? How could I do that?”

“What bothers me about this debate is its incivility, excoriating people as traitors or dual loyalists,” Nadler tells Haaretz.

“Instead of debating whether I made a right or wrong decision, what we’re hearing from Borough Park and other places is a certitude that I and others know what we’re doing is wrong, that what we’re doing is going to increase the threat to Israel, and I am doing it because I want to abandon the Jewish people. That’s beyond the pale.”

Today Nadler lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and attends a non-Orthodox synagogue. He’s been away on vacation since announcing his decision to support the Iran deal, and has not yet been buttonholed by constituents on the sidewalk.

  1. #1 by marta15 on 08/24/2015 - 9:34

    i get the impression that this whole “Iran deal ” is just a mere dust thrown into the Gentiledom’s eyes. Something to keep them occupied ,while the Jewish Global Power makes more active preparations for their next , big move.
    This guy Nadler is probably another example of the so- called ‘controlled opposition’ ,which means we play on BOTH sides. Why not? By the way of confusion we play.
    And many people like the illusion that finally ‘somebody cares’.
    Let’s remember. They will NOT give up easily whatever they accomplished so far.
    Their goal, their mission is a new , global ,World Order ,and they will sacrifice entire people and entire nations for that. Heck, they will sacrifice the entire planet for that.

  2. #2 by Dante Ardenz on 08/24/2015 - 9:34

    The cult of Judaism on full display here. Their can be no disent in the Jews big picture.
    They demand there brethren become traitors to the sovereign nations they live in.

    This us why they are referred to as “The International Jew”.

    Take note how the Jews must always invoke the “Holocaust”.
    They tale of ‘gassing 6 million’. ….666 . The lie that the US ‘would not let then in’.
    Let’s see now Hollywood was loaded with Jewish refuge actors, and Henry Kissinger born in the mid 1920 s got here ,with parents… Henry Winkler born in Berlin 1939 ! Rudy Boshwitz, Felix Royhatin, and many,many more.
    The US had immigration quota then. Something she forgot the last 30 years or so ! No kidding Jews .

  3. #3 by Harry Shade on 08/24/2015 - 9:34

    It is truly demeaning to see how any member of the US Congress has to grovel to prove his servitude to Israel, no matter what crimes or murders Israel and its Zionist stooges commit.

  4. #4 by marta15 on 08/24/2015 - 9:34

    Maybe they should flip a coin instead. Tails: deal,heads; no deal.
    Or vice versa.
    This make -believe ‘politics ‘ became an absolute farce, a parody, a buffoonery , a spoof
    a long while ago.
    it is just a SHOW for the public, while those ,who REALLY pull the strings ,will do what they’ve planned to do.
    But the show must go on because there is still a public willing to watch and participate in it.
    So this show is for them…for me and you .. because they want to to make an impression that they really care, that their opinion really matter, that they really have something to say…
    I get an impression that many of them seem as lost as we are. They see the mess that we are in and don’t know how to approach it.

  5. #5 by marta15 on 08/24/2015 - 9:34

    “..Most hurtful is people asserting, shouting, that somehow I am anti-Israel,” Nadler says.
    “I’ve been a supporter of Israel my whole life,” ever since he was a boy of 8 or 9 in Crown Heights and raised money for Israeli charities by holding out pushkes…”
    yeap ,and he is the so-called American POLITICian . what a massive joke. Not funny though.
    He has been ” a supporter of Israel his whole life”.
    .And what is Israel. It is a ” racist rogue regime – a genocidal one with more wars in mind..”
    So, we have the next one, from the steady assembly line of Jewish -‘-American’ politicians ,
    who ,wholeheartedly ,supports Israel, i.e. the ” racist rogue regime – a genocidal one with more wars in mind..”.

  6. #6 by Imperium on 08/24/2015 - 9:34

    Its not a ‘charade’, Sister Marta…the stakes against a sovereign Iran and for that matter Syria, and Putin are very very real indeed that the just as they where against the Axis by the Jews in WW 2… oh thats right Jew phony Henry Makow says everyone is a ‘demon

    Tell him ,and fellow Jew owned Alex Jones, the Salem Witch trials are over ,and the Catholics at least did stop burning everyone not thinking the earth was flat, and had pet cats ,a long time ago.

    Ever think your sources are the “show?”. Of course not when they fit years if ignorance ,they must be true.

    Times like these I miss Michael Collins Piper more. See his book, The Judas Goats.

  7. #7 by trevorlabonte on 08/24/2015 - 9:34

    Reblogged this on HumanityAwakened.

  8. #8 by mi on 08/24/2015 - 9:34

    #1 you are right—Something is off here folks. the key line is “rabbis who urged FDR to refuse sanctuary for Jews during the Holocaust.”
    now we have what are consistently slavish zionist traitors in Congress, seemingly voting against Israeli interests- which they always put above everything else. Last time they sacrificed a few hundred thousand jews to get Palestine. Perhaps this time it will be Safed, in order to take over the rest of Eretz Israel- from the Nile to Efrat and beyond… like chunks of Iran- if Iran can be blamed for another round of fraudulent mass Holocost ll deaths.
    Holohoax l was such a spectacular success- Holo 2 could be even more so

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