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DNC Chair: GOP is 'Dangerous' to Israel

Tuesday, 04 Sep 2012 05:58 PM

By Patrick Hobin

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Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told a group of Jewish Democrats that Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. said that Republicans are mischaracterizing the Obama administration’s record on Israel and that it’s “dangerous” for the Jewish state, according to the Washington Examiner.

The charge made by the Florida congresswoman was made at a training session for Jewish Democrats held by the Obama campaign at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. The session featured speakers from the Obama campaign who defended President Barack Obama’s record on Israel.

Wasserman Schultz said that Republicans, who “can’t get anywhere with our community on domestic issues” instead “do everything they can to lie and distort and mischaracterize this president’s stellar record on Israel,” the Examiner reported.

Wasserman Schultz also said, “We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.”

She went on to say that Republicans were “undermining Israel’s security by suggesting that the United States and Israel don’t have anything other than a unique and close and special relationship. It undermines Israel’s security to its neighbors in the Arab world and to its enemies.

"And we need to make sure that the fact that there has never been and will never be daylight between the two parties or the support for Israel that we have in the United States, that that is conveyed to Jewish Americans across this country. That’s our responsibility. It’s the responsibility we’re asking all of you to take on,” the Examiner reported.

Oren, in a statement, denied characterizing the GOP position. “I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel. Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle.”



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