Allen West: ‘Second Holocaust’ ahead if America doesn’t protect Israel against Iranby Andrew Abramson | February 24th, 2012
Amid the threat of a nuclear Iran, Allen West warned at a town hall meeting today that “You’re looking at a second Holocaust” if Israel doesn’t “know they can trust and depend upon the stars and stripes … to provide them support.”
West, speaking to residents at the First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, said the threat isn’t just coming from Iran.
“What happens if all of a sudden Syria don’t focus on fighting each other, but focus on fighting Israel?” West said. He also spoke of growing “radical Islamism” in Egypt.
If a second Holocaust occurs, West said, “There will be no spiritual homeland for Christians to return back to. There will be no homeland for the Jewish people in the United States of America for their birthright. This is a dangerous situation and we have to take the Iranians for their word.”
West was interrupted several times during his speech by two residents saying the wealthy should be taxed and the current deficit is a direct result of unnecessary wars in the Middle East.
“It’s not absurd to tax the rich,” said Tony Fransetta, president of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, Inc.
“Yes it is,” West said. “No it’s not,” Fransetta responded.
“You can tax people to 110 percent and it will still not make a dent,” West said. “Why do I want to ask them for anymore money when (the country) is not going to be fiscally responsible,” West said.
“I’d be glad to discuss it with you but this is your forum,” Fransetta said.
“This is my forum and I will tell you the facts are on my side,” West said.
After shouting out questions for the third time, Fransetta and Leo Solar were asked to leave by security.
“He refuses to give truthful answers,” said Fransetta after he was removed. “I represent as many people as he does.”
West’s town hall came on the same day that he was endorsed by Tom Rooney. West is planning to run in a new Congressional district where Rooney lives, while Rooney is moving to a new Congressional district to the west.
“Even if I do have to go up the road 50 miles,” West told the crowd, “I’ll still be there to be your voice in Washington D.C.”