When Gov. Cuomo announced he was heading to Israel within days to show solidarity with a nation under attack from Iranian missiles, he said: “I believe you show friendship when times are tough.”
Oops: It looks like times just got a little too tough for the governor’s taste.
Just hours before his scheduled departure Tuesday, Cuomo’s office disclosed he’d postponed his trip until “the active on-the-ground conflict abates.”
That referred to Monday’s mass rioting at the Israel-Gaza border, which saw 61 Palestinians killed and 1,200 wounded, prompting widespread condemnation of Israel from the usual media and diplomatic sources.
His office said the gov would “monitor the situation” and delay the trip for several weeks until he “can visit both the Golan Heights area and the Gaza border.”
Again, Cuomo had pointed to the need for “showing up at a time of trouble as a sign of solidarity.” Plus, he had no problem heading over in 2014 (another election year) amid even more deadly fighting with Hamas.
It seems a governor who has always expressed unhesitating support for Israel now prefers to get some distance from the bloody pictures flashed on the world’s TV screens.
Cuomo, after all, is facing a challenge this year from his left flank — and eyeing a 2020 White House run in a Democratic Party that is just galloping away from the Jewish state.
Israel is being absurdly pilloried for defending its border against ruthless, premeditated attacks by terrorists cynically sacrificing their own people as human shields.
That’s a point Cuomo could have made this week, on-scene in Israel — proving his own point that “true friendship is shown not in the easy times, but in the hard times.”
Instead, he’s proving it in the negative.
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