Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Here are two signature moments from an interview of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, at Hadassah Magazine:
Q. You have visited Israel many times. What memory stays with you from your first visit?
A. I was 27. It was 1995. I went with the American Jewish Committee in a young leadership program. I have always been a part of a large Jewish community, but you are always still aware that you are a minority. I was always aware I was different, and did experience some anti-Semitic incidents. So when I was walking down the street in Jerusalem it suddenly occurred to me that the bus driver is Jewish, the clerk at the supermarket is Jewish and the taxi driver is Jewish….
You cannot make too much of the issue of psychological projection onto Israelis by American Jews. Israeli Jews are doing what we're not doing. They are laborers, builders, sweepers-- and most important, soldiers in a tough neighborhood. Which is why we can never question anything they do; our lives are not on the line. Here we are privileged.
"[A]fter confirmation [in Milwaukee] I went to Israel where I toured and worked on a moschav... over the summer of 1959... It was the first time I had seen working-class Jews."
Now here's the headline quote from Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
This helped me fully appreciate how important it is that we have the Jewish State of Israel—which is our homeland and our rightful place. We belong there and, God forbid, I remember thinking, if history repeated itself, there has to be a place for us to go....
Notice how DWS is echoing the Netanyahu language on Israel, the new definition, the Jewish State of Israel. And it's our rightful place-- and wait, you're one of the most powerful people in America, chair of the Democratic National Committee? I don't get it. You don't feel safe in Florida? (This house has got a lot of old wiring. It's dangerous.)