Democratic National Committee Chair and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) wrote an article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel condemning the distortion of President Barack Obama’s solid record of support for Israel. Wasserman Schultz wrote of the current situation in the Middle East:
Now more than ever, Israel needs America’s unwavering support as it faces an unavoidable demographic reality. Between the rapidly growing Palestinian population, the uncertainty of the changes sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, and the intention of the Palestinians to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state at the United Nations this fall with international pressure to validate this unacceptable action, this is a watershed moment for Israel.
After affirming the need for a two-state solution using “direct, bilateral talks,” Wasserman Schultz explains just a few of the ways that Obama has shown his dedication to Israel’s security:
Under President Obama’s leadership, we have implemented the strongest U.S. and UN sanctions against Iran in our nation’s history, and provided advanced military technology in the form of the Iron Dome system, which has already prevented missiles launched from Gaza from landing in Israel. And, as Palestinians shift tactics and attempt to impose a reality on Israel rather than negotiate with it, President Obama has stood up in international forums against biased and unjust treatment of Israel, whether it was the now discredited Goldstone report or the veto of an anti-Israel, Palestinian-backed UN Security Council resolution.
She wrote that distorting the President’s record on Israel for political gain only helps Israel’s adversaries, as foreign leaders must understand America’s support of Israel:
That is why it was so disappointing to see the deliberate distortions of President Obama’s record on Israel in the wake of the president’s speeches regarding the Middle East last month. These comments are both harmful to Israel and false. False because they misrepresent, distort and even lie about the president’s strong, pro-Israel conviction; harmful because in doing so, they undermine the very thing they claim to support, the strength and security of Israel.
Wasserman Schultz said:
Whether it is for political gain or other motives, the distortion of President Obama’s record and position on Israel only plays into the hands of the enemies of Israel by falsely suggesting that there is a softening of U.S. policy.
At this defining moment in Israel’s future, President Obama’s heartfelt connection to the Jewish community and his bold and unwavering support for Israel’s military might make him an outstanding addition to the long line of U.S. presidents who, since Harry Truman, have rightly stood with Israel.
Never before has the unbreakable friendship and airtight alliance between our two nations been so important, nor shall it fade. We will stand strong at home and abroad for the state of Israel in our dedicated partnership for safety, security and peace.
Click here to read Wasserman Schultz’s full piece.