Barron Offers Israel-Last Foreign Policy

The candidate dismisses allegations of anti-semitism, says his foreign policy will start in Africa.

New York City Councilman Charles Barron, who has drawn national attention for his hostility to Israel and black nationalism, offered his vision of foreign policy on a New York radio show Friday.

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer grilled Barron — who had referred to Israel as a “terrorist state” — on whether he’s an “enemy of Israel,” as Jewish lawmakers suggested at a press conference last week. Former New York Mayor Ed Koch branded the Brooklyn Democrat an “anti-Semite” and a “racist.”

“I’m not going to respond to Koch,” Barron said. “My foreign policy plan does not start with Israel, it starts with Africa.”

He proceeded to tick off his foreign policy to-do list, coupling it with relevant issues in each region that he would tackle as a Congressman. Second comes the Caribbean, where he would focus on “Fair Trade” laws, “then Latin America,” “then Europe,” where “[we need] to stabilize these economies,” “then the Middle East.” Barron noted to Lehrer that “there are several countries in the Middle East,” and stated his view that “we should establish a Palestinian state.”

Barron also offered a fairly realistic view of his legislative agenda’s actual prospects.

“I put it in the context of being real — we’re going to a House of Representatives of mostly Republicans. In that context I might never get a bill passed, but we are going to bring a movement,” he said. “The Civil Rights Act was passed by a movement, not by Senators or the House of Representatives,” he said.

Barron conceded that his legislative impact may be limited.

“I don’t know if I’m going to get a single bill passed and I don’t care,” he said.

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