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‘I Will Be Reliable In Supporting Israel’: An Interview with Councilman Erik Dilan

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New York City Councilman Erik Dilan (D-Brooklyn) is a candidate in New York’s 7th Congressional District in the June 26 Democratic primary.

The Jewish Press: In general, should the U.S. “tilt” towards Israel in disputes with its neighbors? What is the basis for your position?

Dilan: The U.S. should never tilt towards any other nation in and of itself. The United States foreign policy should be guided based on what is best for the United States and the expansion of freedom and human rights. That being said, as a nation that believes in freedoms and the protection of human rights and as the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel is uniquely situated to be one of America’s closest allies. Its goals and interests generally go hand in hand. These shared values create an ideal friendship and have done so for the last 64 years Typically, what is good for the United States is good for Israel and vice versa.

My opponent, Nydia Velasquez, has been in Congress for the last 20 years. During that time she did not side with the pro-Israel community a whopping 40% of the time on issues of foreign aid, Jerusalem, arms sales, Iran, etc. Unlike her, I will be a reliable and solid vote when it comes to supporting Israel in the U.S. Congress.

Is Israel treated fairly in the UN and its affiliated agencies?

Historically, Israel has been singled out far and away above other nations for various accusations. Like any nation, Israel may make mistakes. However, as an open democracy with a strong justice system, Israel reviews all possible violations of human rights with extreme scrutiny. The scorn Israel receives in the UN and its other similar agencies is without cause. It’s ironic and hypocritical that countries like Syria and Libya sit on the UN Human Rights Committee but for some reason Israel is always the target of all resolutions.

Such is the case with Palestinian statehood, which has been repeatedly used by some nations as a platform for blatant anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric. That is counter-productive.

Generally, Should the United States support Israel when it is attacked in the UN and other international organizations?

When the US believes its friends and allies are being unfairly attacked in the UN, it is our duty to defend that ally.

Do you believe, as does President Obama, that the 1967 borders, with “swaps,” should be the starting point for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on final borders?

I think going back to the ’67 borders is a non-starter and even President Obama has to understand that. The details of any eventual peace process must be negotiated between the two parties. There should be no pre-conditions other than recognizing each other’s right to exist and committing to the complete cessation of violence against one’s partner for peace. Israel has yet to find a peace partner to negotiate with. It is Israel’s right to decide what it will negotiate on and with whom. It is her citizens’ lives that are being affected. Pre-conditions should not be forced upon it from the outside.

Unlike my opponent, I would not have signed on to a “two-state solution” letter which would tie Israel’s hands in future negotiations. And when the resolution condemning the International Court of Justice ruling on Israel’s security fence came up, Velasquez only voted present, while 361 Members of Congress voted for it.

Should Israel halt settlement building as a precondition for negotiations with the Palestinians?

The term settlement building is misleading. What has generally occurred there is the expansion of existing neighborhoods or even existing buildings in suburbs that often house tens of thousands of Israelis. The idea that settlements are popped up tents, built to create political statements is inaccurate. It is Israel’s decision how it will proceed on its settlement policy. The United States should not force any conditions regarding this issue.

Should Israel commit, in advance of negotiations, to the release of Palestinians whom it has jailed for violence committed against Israelis?

Again, this should be an item negotiated amidst a greater peace process. If Israel wishes to commit to the release of certain criminals or terrorists, that will be Israel’s decision to make and only Israel’s.

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14 Responses to “‘I Will Be Reliable In Supporting Israel’: An Interview with Councilman Erik Dilan”

  1. If you love Israel so much, kindly move there.

    No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people.

    A friend to Israel is no friend of America.

    America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

  2. It is Israel’s decision how it will proceed on its settlement policy.

    Awesome, stop all aid then.

  3. Sorry, darling Mike Rivero, but(t) the U. S. Constitution already asks istself to do exclusive "(L)aw" (hear the crowds roar, is all!) when they in fact tell Christians to "STUFF IT"! about their (generic religion, RIGHT?) unwillingness to accuse or judge another on a "USA" (gang-violence, duh. John 8:7..). The word "jewry" is the rabble, know-nothings, why need them… That goes against Jesus' words at John 8:7 about them "jewries"/"juries", same word, go look

  4. Rick Bauer says:

    Hey Dilan, what about the United States? How about serving We the People?

  5. " ..annot serv two masters at once.. ".. Ok, who's doing charity?

  6. Rick Bauer says:

    Uh, what?

  7. Rick Bauer says:

    Sorry there is no "love" button, or I would have hit that, too!

  8. " .. cannot serve two masters at once" .. .. OK who's doing chatity?

  9. .. ".. cannot serve two masters at once" .. OK, who's doing charity!?

  10. Allah the almighty has prohibited Muslims to enter into the Judea-Christian alliance, i.e. the Zionist's and we have the fools in Washington proudly supporting the Zionist state of Israel, staging terror attacks worldwide and gearing up for thermal nuclear war.

  11. They will never have their new world order, the final victory will be for the Muslim's, don't believe it? Just wait & see

  12. Thad Potter says:

    I'm sure israel will be very alone in the near future, and will loose out on all that american money because peopl with nukes arnt elegable for american assistance when they don't adhear to nuclear regulations as in not joining.

  13. Thad Potter says:

    yes i agree, anyone in goverment that kisses israels ass should be held for treason , good hangings used to keep politicians honest, so we need rid our selves of israel in our whitehouse ,like get out aipac and supporters mitt romney under cover mosaad not so undercover anymore.

  14. Gary Jones says:

    Dear Israel, don't trust the guy. prostitutes are neither "reliable", nor "solid". He will sell you on his first opportunity just as readily as he just sold out his own country.

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