Because peace isn't on the ballot, people are voting for other reasons. What we have happening here is a sense that peace is not possible, and they're voting on other matters closer to home, such as creating internal security, creating employment, stability and a bit of sticking the finger in the eye of the U.S. and Israel.
It's a really sad commentary on the part of politicians that they can't discern between a port deal and an Arab-American who has been working hard and raising money all these years for the Democratic Party and who had good relations with the Jewish community. They shut off their brains then, and they're shutting them off again.
This really is no more than Arab-phobia. For these politicians, the national interest of the United States is synonymous with their next election. They're not thinking this is a real threat. It's an election year, it's an Arab country, and there's a post-911 insecurity they can exploit. It's a lethal brew, and they're stirring it for all it's worth.
That is language that is so irresponsible, so reprehensible, I think he should be ashamed. As a country, it has been a consistent ally. The State Department describes them as a vital partner. I don't know why, unless it's simply that it's an Arab country, that he feels he can go over the top and use language of that sort.