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Schneider, Dold Speak Out on Iran Red Line

Democratic challenger sees red over GOP attempts to politicize relationship between Israel and the United States.

Both Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and Democratic challenger Brad Schneider of Deerfield agree with President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Iran should not have nuclear weapons but are not in complete harmony on the approach.

A day after the President told the United Nations General Assembly Iran will not be allowed to have nuclear weapons; Netanyahu drew a red line on a chart telling the same body military action should be automatic if the boundary is crossed.

Like the President, both contenders for the 10th District seat want all options on the table including the use of force. Dold wants a precise red line to keep Iran in check. Schneider does not want to give the Iranians permission to advance to a specific point.

“Iran cannot and will not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon,” Schneider said of his interpretation of the comments both by the President and Netanyahu. “When you create a line in the sand you’re telling them how far they can go. We need to get them to go in the other direction.”

Dold made it clear he agrees with the President and Netanyahu Iran should not be permitted to have nuclear weapons. He thinks a credible threat of force is part of the strategy necessary to keep that from happening.

“A nuclear Iran is unacceptable,” Dold said. “All options must be on the table and they must be very credible. It’s important we have a red line.”

Schneider Claims Republican Try to Politicize Israel

Though Schneider has no criticism of Dold’s voting record on Israel, he expressed disappointment at efforts by Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady to politicize the U.S. Israel relationship.

“Support of Israel has always been a bipartisan issue and always should be,” Schneider said. “We want the relationship secure by keeping it (non partisan) where it has been for a very long time. Anything else would be irresponsible.”

The issue arose when Brady issued a news release criticizing a comment Schneider made supporting the efforts a pair of pro Israel groups—the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) and J Street.

“Brad Schneider represented his own position on Israel when he declared his support for J Street and that fact is indisputable,” Brady said in the release. “Voters deserve to hear directly from Brad Schneider why he supports a group that actively works to undermine the U.S.-Israel relationship.”

Schneider Is Not J Street Member, Group Has Not Endorsed Him

Schneider, who spent his first year after graduation from college working in Israel and whose work as an Aipac member has personally influenced members of Congress and former President George W. Bush, supports the efforts of both groups to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

“Both organizations believe in a strong and secure Israel,” Schneider said. “I’ve been a proud member of Aipac since college.” He does not have a membership in J Street.

Aipac is a group which does not endorse candidates and works to educate members of Congress and other elected officials about the benefits of a strong relationship between Israel and the United States, according to information on its website.

J Street calls itself “political home for pro Israel pro peace Americans,” on its website. It is both an advocacy group and, unlike Aipac, endorses political candidates.

Neither Brady nor a spokesperson from the Illinois Republican Party responded to calls or emails from Patch for further comments. Dold, who, like Schneider, believes the American-Israel relationship should be a non partisan matter, is not a fan of J Street.

“The strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship lies in the United States Congress and its bipartisan support,” Dold said. “I am not a supporter of J Street. Have they ever endorsed a Republican?” A search of J Street’s website shows 66 endorsed candidates in the 2012 election cycle. All are Democrats. Schneider is not one.

RB October 02, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Ryan can't even explain Ryanomics! Not even on Fox? He got tripped up like a school kid caught cheating. $5 trillion in tax breaks and they promise revenue neutral? Makes no sense to anyone, even Chris Wallace on Fox." Loopholes, we'll tell you later which ones" right. There, not a word about Bush.
RB October 02, 2012 at 12:09 AM
.....and the white working class male, and the female vote..have you even read any polls?
Sully October 02, 2012 at 12:15 AM
What are you talking about Mac? http://economyinperspective.com/gdp Average annual GDP from highest to lowest. Kennedy/Johnson 5.2% Clinton 3.7% Carter 3.4% Reagan 3.3% Nixon/Ford 2.7% Eisenhower 2.3% Obama 2.1% (as of 08/12) GHW Bush 1.9% Truman 1.8% GW Bush 1.7%
RB October 02, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Mac- Idea, maybe you email Mitt. Give him some Zingers! That's what he's collecting for the debates. If you want to stretch yourself why don't you explain Ryanomics to him. Ryan seems to be unable to explain it. Zingers! That's it. No facts or details...zingers!
McCloud October 02, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Facts? 1%GDP, record unemployment, 88 million Americans no longer in the work force, credit downgrades, massive debt over 5 trillion by now. Do any of these zing you, cause there are millions who are zinged every day.
RB October 02, 2012 at 12:31 AM
.....and all because of Bush 43 and 40 years of living off of debt.
Sully October 02, 2012 at 12:32 AM
I'm not sure I buy your premise, Guido. I read the article you posted, but while there is some validity to it, I personally don't believe this had much to do with the GDP. Bush's tax cuts did not increase employment or lower the deficit. I get it that you aren't a big Bush fan, and I appreciate your honesty. We just seem to interpret things a little differently. And I am. It a big fan of Obama, but compared to Romney, I'd rather go with what we got. People like McCloud don't seem to understand that their taxes will be going up under Romney. The job creators, who really aren't, will gain more financial, economic, and political power while the "little people" (including the 47 percent) will be the ones paying for it. There is absolutely no way the deficit will go down under Romney. I'm also willing to bet that should he become president, the republicans won't quite care as much about the deficit as they do now. They certainly didn't under Bush.
Sully October 02, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Oops, typos on my last post. What I was saying is I am not a big fan of Obama.
Sully October 02, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I thought that Univision stunt was great. Darkening his skin, screaming at the commentators - great stuff! Hmm, I wonder what percentage of the US is comprised of blacks, gays, women, unions, and Hispanics. Couldn't be very high, right?
Guido McGinty October 02, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I think this is the Univision interview Mac is referring to. http://reason.com/blog/2012/09/21/univision-gives-obama-first-serious-gril Attention media, this is what a real interview looks like.
Sully October 02, 2012 at 12:45 AM
http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/22/news/economy/obama-spending/index.htm Hey Mac, something else for you to read.
Sully October 02, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I disagree about that too, Guido. GDP isn't useless. Also, Univision interviewed both candidates. According to reports, Romney got angry when the interviewers didn't do what he wanted them to do.
McCloud October 02, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Bush card, ummm there it is, ummp there it is. Last card in the deck. Blame the other guy, in your case the other other guy. Sequence may be a bit out of order, but when desparate, throw the kitchen sink.
McCloud October 02, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Did McKinley have anything to do with this mess? Just Askin. In your case if there is a Party afilliated then yes.
RB October 02, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Maybe McCloud is Schulte? Similar obsessions. Similar deflections. Similar delusional bait. Similar off topic right wing leanings. Yep, I found him.
McCloud October 02, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Is that supposed to be a zinger? Cause there are 88 million Americans who are currently out of the labor force, and they'd like you to really know what a zinger is, they wake up to it every day. But you'd rather talk about contraceptives.
Louis G. Atsaves October 02, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Schneider was caught on tape expressing his support of J-Street. Does it make a difference if he is a member of J-Street or not? No. But he publicly stated his support of this organization, which Alan Dershowitz claims is a fraud concerning support of the State of Israel. The real question which was never asked is why is he supporting J-Street, an organization which Alan Dershowitz claims is a fraud? Where is his judgement here?
Sully October 02, 2012 at 11:42 AM
But Rich is proud to give his name and let everyone know just how ridiculous he is. However, I've suspected as well. They are awfully similar.
Sully October 02, 2012 at 11:46 AM
The alliance between Israel and the religious right is pretty scary. Israel wants the money and military might, and the religious right wants Israel so it can be converted. Without Israel in hand, the second coming can't come (or something like that). Israel's making a deal with the devil in this case.
McCloud October 02, 2012 at 11:50 AM
What wack job site did those GDP numbers come from? They just adjusted 2Q down to 1.2%, but the cover-up by these sinister operatives is working for you. Real GDP growth under Reagan averaged between 7 and 8%. But go ahead and rewrite, I was there.
McCloud October 02, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Extremist alert! Religious right wants to convert Israel? Nut job siren sounding.
Louis G. Atsaves October 02, 2012 at 03:00 PM
The "religious right" wants to convert Israel? Without Israel there is no "second coming?" Where are you getting this stuff? Do you see black helicopters when you leave your house too? J-Street wants Israel to pull back to pre-1967 borders and negotiate with its enemies who want simply to exterminate Israel off the face of the earth? Now THAT IS SCARY! And Schneider endorses those J-Street positions? Or does he just endorse J-Street which happens to take such positions? Can someone make sense out of that position? Perhaps Patch should ask Schneider harder questions about his real positions instead of giving him a forum to alibi?
Sully October 02, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Ever heard of John Hagee, Mac? Here, let me help you out on this one. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0508/10375.html http://www.jhm.org/
Sully October 02, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Of course you were. The wack job site this came from was the US Department of Commerce.
Sully October 02, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Here's more for you, Mac- http://www.theocracywatch.org/christian_zionism.htm http://www.theocracywatch.org/christian_zionism_dispensationalism.htm In order for the end times to occur in which Christ will return to Earth, Israel has to be in Jewish hands. Of course when Christ does come back, Jews will have to convert or be killed.
Guido McGinty October 02, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Is Emmanuel Goldstein hiding under your bed? Last week I was Schulte, now it's Mac? Make up your mind for the object of your two minutes hate.
IRmep October 04, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Here is an AIPAC publication devoted entirely to not ranking candidates. Yessiree cuz aipac doesn't do that, and also doesn't spy for Israel. http://peacenow.org/entries/does_aipac_rate_candidates_you_decide#.UG4Xepg0WSo
Stevie Janowski October 04, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Schneider is a phoney. He is not connected with the community and claims to has great business experiance. How come his company has reported ZERO profits in the last 3 years? This is a clear choice. DOLD
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