Wasserman Schultz: Jews must explain there’s ‘no daylight’ between Dems and GOP on Israel

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A frank description of the Israel lobby’s importance in the US political process comes from Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the head of the Democratic National Committee, speaking in Charlotte to a group of Jewish Democrats. In the video clip here, Wasserman Schultz says that support for Israel in the United States is politically indivisible and American Jews have a responsibility to assure that that support is never politicized.

Let me just close by telling you this, and sharing this with you. We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel. They’re undermining Israel’s security by suggesting that the United States and Israel… 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 the country. That’s our responsibility. It’s the responsibility that we’re asking all of you to take on.

So that’s our responsibility as Jews: to assure that there is “no daylight” between the political parties and no daylight between the two countries. Support for Israel must never be politicized in the U.S. Wow. And Jews are the ones who care about this. None of the rest of you count here. 

The story is being covered only because Oren denies what DWS attributed to him. As if that’s the real scandal:

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

Michael Brendan Doughterty at TAC:

The Ambassador denied this strenuously. And when confronted on Fox News about it, Debbie Wasserman Schultz denied ever saying this, and blamed the Washington Examiner for twisting her words. This was a lie to cover up the initial lie. The Examiner quickly produced the audio recording of her actually lying about the Ambassador. A bravura performance from Schultz, really.

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  1. ColinWright
    September 5, 2012, 3:18 pm

    “…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…”

    One of the things I find disturbing is that lately, it’s become the norm to say things that the speaker must know aren’t true.

    There most certainly has been ‘daylight’ between Israel and the US in the past. We contemplated suspending Israel’s statehood in 1948. Ordered Israel out of Sinai in 1956. Suspended loan guarantees or whatever in the early 80’s. Etc.

    Schulz is trying to transmogrify what has in fact been a recent development — our slavish obedience of Israel’s dictates — into a fine old tradition. Well, it’s not a tradition, it’s not old, and it’s certainly not just fine.

  2. Annie Robbins
    September 5, 2012, 3:25 pm

    from the examiner link:

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

    But the Israeli embassy has now released a statement from Ambassador Michael Oren responding to the Examiner report. “I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel,” the statement reads. “Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle.”

    iow oren does think bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, but he doesn’t think Republican policies of bashing dems over the head with their lack of kowtowing to every rightwing israeli whim is harmful to Israel. iow he thinks the way to keep israel safe is for both parties to continually vigorously compete over who can profess their love for israel loud enough and accuse the other party of being bad for israel. and he doesn’t think the american people will notice this and resent it in any way because he probably thinks we’re all wired like wound up brainwashed children. but we’re not.

    so lets argue about israel! ha!

  3. Phil Perspective
    September 5, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Cue Claude Rains!!

  4. American
    September 5, 2012, 3:31 pm

    Hmm, so Jews demand of politicians that the US support Israel.
    Then politicians in turn demand of Jews that they support Israel and the politicians who support Israel.
    We seem to be going in circles here.

  5. Annie Robbins
    September 5, 2012, 3:31 pm

    that photo at wapo of wasserman is hideous. she looks like one of the fox news airheads. hold back the makeup debs, you look fine without it!

  6. just
    September 5, 2012, 3:33 pm

    It’s no longer so very difficult to separate lies from the lying liars who tell them……….or the outrageous agendas behind the lies.

    Thank you, Mondoweiss.

  7. seafoid
    September 5, 2012, 4:08 pm

    It is nuts to think they can control what the 2 plutocrat parties in the US do indefinitely.

    Wasserman describes “Isreal” as a political football. Footballs tend to run onto the road and..

    …under buses

    They can also be “thrown under the bus”.

    The bus of decency and progress. The freedom ride.

  8. Kathleen
    September 5, 2012, 7:02 pm

    When Debbie Wasserman Schultz was given the chair for the DNC just one more indication of how the I lobby closes the valves of fairness and truth about the I/P conflict and control the situation and vote. Clearly Wasserman Schultz should have to sign up under FARA…she is an agent for Israel. Israel comes first for Wasserman/Schultz far outweighs U.S. national security. What other country has had this much influence on U.S. foreign policy. What other country other than Israel has been brought up so many times during a convention and the majority of folks feel the need to genuflect and say the pledge of allegiance to Israel. Enough enough enough

    • just
      September 5, 2012, 8:09 pm

      Yes, yes, yes.

      She sounds like a good American progressive.

      EXCEPT when it comes to Israel– then the hardline, very conservative DWS emerges.

      Apparently she couldn’t keep her Jekyll/Hyde problem very well hidden this time around.

  9. jimmy
    September 5, 2012, 9:05 pm

    as I have pointed out on other sites many times….

    there is only one subject that the US congress votes together on….

    and that is what ever Israel wants it gets….

    with the exception now of backing israel strike on Iran…

  10. chris o
    September 6, 2012, 12:50 am

    Oren has to say that he “categorically” denies the charge, since if he merely denied it we all know that he would be lying.

  11. seafoid
    September 6, 2012, 3:59 am

    Interesting, her use of “daylight”. Zionism can’t stand the light. All the deals are done in darkness. And zionism is in the dark place now.

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