Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, whose district includes the Jewish community of Crown Heights, told the JTA that her decision to vote in favor of the Iran deal was an easy choice.
From the JTA:
Rep. Yvette Clarke, representing New York’s Ninth District, described a typical challenge, balancing the competing interests among constituents.
Among Jewish constituents, particularly.
There’s Crown Heights, with its large population of Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic Jews, she said at a panel on Tuesday convened by J Street near this week’s Democratic National Convention. There’s Sheepshead Bay, with what she called “Middle Eastern Jews of non-European descent.” And there’s Park Slope, where she says the Reform Jewish population is growing.
“It presents a challenge,” she said. “I call it being in the midst of a family feud.”
The J Street-endorsed Democrat said she walks a fine line on Israel. “I can take a step in either direction, and get email blasts immediately,” she said.
One vote was easy, she said: Favoring the Iran nuclear rollback-for-sanctions- relief deal, in part because pressures to reject the deal were so alienating.
She said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in March 2015 to Congress was unseemly.
“We are Americans and our allegiance is to the commander-in-chief of our nation, and were asked to choose for the leader of another nation,” she said.