Former National Council of Jewish Women President Nancy Ratzan lauded President Barack Obama’s support for Israel in the The Miami Herald on Monday. Ratzan wrote:
The recently released video ‘Perilous Times’ is perhaps the most insidious and misleading effort to date to use propaganda to divide the Jewish community…
Early in the video the narrator alleges that when President Obama met in a private meeting with Jewish leaders in June of 2009, there was ‘stunned silence’ as the president spoke about his administration’s vision regarding the Middle East.
I was one of the Jewish leaders in that meeting. I remember precisely what happened; it was not as represented in this video.
The truth is that President Obama spent an hour with 16 Jewish leaders from a wide spectrum of the American Jewish community. We dialogued with the president about ensuring the security of Israel, plans for advancing peace in the Middle East and strategies for ending Iran’s growing nuclear capacity.
The president was clear, unequivocal and passionate. The president articulated that he and his administration are resolutely committed to the security and safety of Israel, to the survival of Israel as the Jewish homeland, and to the pursuit of sustainable peace in the Middle East, a peace that secures Israel.
I, along with many other Jewish leaders, left that meeting confident about President Obama’s commitment to Israel and promising vision for moving towards peace in the region. I left a proud American and a secure Jew…
This administration has demonstrated America’s allegiance to Israel in critical ways, including putting in place the strictest Iran sanctions ever, preventing Palestinian action at the United Nations that would undermine Israel and the peace process, and providing never-before-seen levels of aid to restore Israel’s qualitative edge, and more…
While we will be flooded these next few weeks with spurious efforts to divide and conquer the Jewish vote, it is imperative that the Jewish community stands united.
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