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DNC Chair Condemns Distortion of Obama’s Israel Record

Ariela Fleisig — June 3, 2011 – 11:15 am | Barack Obama | Democrats | Israel Comments (3) Add a comment

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.

She concluded:

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.


mom | June 3, 2011 – 4:20 pm

Good luck trying to get me to believe that.  I read the President’s remarks.  Stop trying to defend him. I voted for him in 2008.  I will not make that same mistake again.

Robert Shuster | June 3, 2011 – 5:09 pm

Ms. Wasserman Schultz is disingenous when she sites portions of Mr. Obama’s speech as they suit her argument.
I understand her position as the newly appointed DNC Chair to “pick and choose” what was said or what inferences can be made from this part or that part of the speech.
Why did she not deal with the specific references to the pre-1967 war borders?  She cannot because she cannot spin that…he said what he said.
We are not talking about America’s position toward Israel…that, we know.  We are talking about Mr. Obama’s subtle and oblique stance in many instances regarding Israel.
While I do not think Mr. Obama is anti-Israel or wants to see Israel fail, I do believe that he has been more accommodating toward every other people in the region with few exceptions.
After all, he has not even visited Israel as president and yet he has visited others—how can this be said from Ms. Wasserman Schultz who professes his solid record of support of Israel.  It certainly is not that he dislikes taking trips!

Harvey Rosenwass | June 3, 2011 – 8:48 pm

A number of lessons were learned over this incident.  I hope the American Jewish community learned that Israel needs our support but all the details of negotiations and military requirements should be left to the Israelis. 

I hope the DNC learned that knee-jerk support of the Democratic Party, when it comes to the Jewish community, doesn’t exist.  It has to be continually earned… not assumed.

I hope the President learned that his history of success as a community organizer has serious limitations when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Negotiating and compromising is impossible when one party want to annihilate the other.

The irony of the situation is that all the people involved in the Arab Spring- waves of protest are seeking what Israel already has.  For being that type of example alone, Israel deserves the United States’ continued support.

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