News Opinion Culture Activism Media AnalysisDeval Patrick has unequivocally supported Israel at the height of its worst human rights abuses | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

News Opinion Culture Activism Media AnalysisDeval Patrick has unequivocally supported Israel at the height of its worst human rights abuses

Former Massachusetts Governor (and managing director of private equity firm Bain Capital) Deval Patrick has announced that he’s officially entering the race for the Democratic nomination in 2020.

Patrick’s connections to the financial industry will presumably anger left-leaning voters, but his foreign policy record should also rankle progressives. Patrick has a long history of support for Israel and no record to show in terms of supporting Palestinian self-determination. The former governor has led delegations to Israel on numerous occasions. During a 2011 trip, Patrick met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and informed the press that his visit was one of “collaboration, friendship and steadfast support.”

In 2012, at the height of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense, Patrick spoke at a pro-Israel rally in the Boston area. He told the crowd:

I came here tonight to stand with my friends. To stand with my friends who are worried sick about their friends and their family, here and in Israel. … And to stand with all of those who, like me, yearn for peace. Israel will endure and survive this, as scared and worried as we all are at this moment. Israel is timeless, it was meant to be, and she will survive.

According to an investigation by the human rights organization B’Tselem, 167 Palestinians were killed in the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man has nearly absolutely nothing with which to commend himself, except his hubristic, fawning "love" for Israel; that may well, in fact, get him on the ticket, either as Vice President or President; it is way too soon to tell yet.

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