Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Congressman Eliot Engel Against Mary Robinson Award

Congressman Eliot Engel Opposes Mary Robinson Award by JENNIFER RUBIN

"I caught up with Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel, who was on the road, having already started his congressional recess. I asked him about the Mary Robinson award. He replied without hesitation, “It is obviously a mistake.” He said there are “two Mary Robinsons” — one the first woman president of Ireland, and the second who did a “terrible job” and was “biased against Israel” at the UN...

He added that he did not want to “blow this up” but that she “should not be given any kind of award.” He reiterated that “she epitomizes all that is wrong with the United Nations” as a one-sided and anti-Israel institution.

"What should the administration do? Well, he conceded that they are “caught between a rock and a hard place” but encouraged the White House to continue making statements in the same vein as they have started to (e.g., that her statements about Israel are “troubling”). But he concluded, “I just think it was a mistake.”"

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