New York Business man Bob Turner, the Republican contender in the upcoming September 13th election for Anthony Weiner’s recently vacated congressional seat in a district that encompasses several largely Jewish neighborhoods (over a third of registered voters are Orthodox Jews), spoke with the Orthodox largest news site VIN news - Vosizneias, and discussed various issues, in large Israel and Middle east policy.
Israel has become a hot campaign issue, with former Mayor Ed Koch crossing party lines and endorsing Bob Turner,as “a shot across President Obama’s bow”, a message to President Obama to change course on hostile treatment of the jewish State.
“If Jewish New Yorkers and others who support Israel were to turn away from the Democratic Party in that congressional election and elect the Republican candidate to Congress in 2011, it might very well cause President Obama to change his hostile position on the state of Israel and to re-establish the special relationship presidents before him had supported".
The 70 year old former cable company executive calls Israel America’s “outpost in that area” and insists that the United States must respect Israel’s sovereignty.
Asked about his view on moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, he responded in saying:
"The United States Embassy belongs in the Capital of the Jewish state and that is Jerusalem... there have been a few laws co-sponsored by quite a number of people, that are still sitting there not reaching out of a committee, i would like to move it out of committee, and make it a reality...and this would be a very good time, in the troubles in the Nation's history, to something dramatic like that, as a firm statement of where America stands here".
Turner also said that the US must repudiate the Palestinians intention to seek a Palestinian statehood recognition at the UN as soon as possible, and claims that developing democracy and true freedom in the Arab world is of great importance and will benefit both Israel and the Western world.