Pressure builds on ‘double talk’ Wasserman Schultz– not a ‘real friend’ of Israel

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The pressure is increasing on Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, to take a stand for Obama on the Iran deal, or to side with AIPAC, the Israel lobby that lines the pockets of Democratic candidates. And– no surprise– the pressure inside the Democratic Party is being applied by rightwingers, who have purchase there.

The latest ad from the Emergency Committee for Israel is called “Double Talk” and has footage of Wasserman Schultz ducking a question about her stand on the sanctions.

In Washington she’s quietly working to kill the bill. If you care about Israel call Wasserman Schultz and stop the politics. Israel needs real friends, now more than ever.

Noah Pollak of ECI says that “Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is trying to play her pro-Israel constituents for fools,” according to the neoconservative Weekly Standard, which scorns “Wasserman Schultz’s deceitful double-talk on Iran…. despite her being the head of a political party that is keen on cutting a bad deal with Iran.”

Foreign Policy reports on the growing pressure:

The situation Wasserman Schultz finds herself in is a dilemma shared by many Democrats torn between their support for the White House and their longstanding ties to the pro-Israel community. But in her case, the politics are even more treacherous.

Wasserman Schultz, who refuses to declare her position on the bill, is taking more heat from pro-Israel groups than any other Democratic lawmaker, even though prominent members of the party like Michigan Sen. Carl Levin and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein openly oppose new sanctions at this time. It’s not a mystery why.

Wasserman Schultz hails from a heavily Jewish congressional district in south Florida where many equate support for new sanctions with support for Israel. Given her high-profile status as chair of the DNC, a position given to her by President Obama, and her emphatic support of Israel, she’s viewed as a bellwether for other fence-sitting Democrats in Congress.

Yesterday I reported on cracks in the lobby, with even some AIPAC insiders criticizing AIPAC methods on Iran sanctions, as too heavy-handed. Foreign Policy echoes that criticism:

That AIPAC was driving hard for new Iran sanctions legislation surprised no one. But its use of a right-wing blog [“Debbie’s Double Talk” — Washington Free Beacon] to target [Wasserman Schultz] a well-connected Jewish Democrat with a long history of support for Israel raised eyebrows among some current and former AIPAC officials. It also raised concerns that AIPAC’s open revolt against the White House’s Iran diplomacy could fray its relations with liberal Democrats on the Hill.

“In the 40 years I’ve been involved with AIPAC, this is the first time I’ve seen such a blatant departure from bipartisanship,” said Doug Bloomfield, AIPAC’s former chief lobbyist.

P.S. And you wonder why Obama was said to be “absolutely livid” at the Democratic convention 16 months ago when the platform failed to include language calling Jerusalem the eternal capital of Israel.

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And I thought she was supposed to be representing America, not Israel.

They don’t even bother to hide it.

Phil — can you tell US how to call/email Wasserman-Schultz and express OUR views?

DWS’s district (FL23) is one of the richest in FL and is 54% non-white majority *Alcee Hastings’ old district). So when a news article says that she is “ignoring” her Jewish constituents, shouldn’t it actually be saying that she is listening to the majority of her constituents. I know it’s not that simple, but there is more than just Jewish opinion in her district that’s substantial enough to matter. As this gets more press… Read more »

I think that what we see is delamination of the lobby. ECI is a vehicle to collect money from the most extremist Zionist crackpots and produce attack ads. AIPAC, leaders of major Jewish organizations etc. press in similar direction but with much fewer attacks. Unlike ECI, they promise to their donors not mere attacks, but also influence. The difference is that influence can be lost. Right now, the head of DNC, arguably a position of… Read more »

Blatant attempts to pressure/buy/prostitute politicians? Nothing new here: big-money buys American politicos. Always did. Still does. How can anyone expect Debbie W-S to stand up to it, even if countervailing political money (or plain good sense) militate against knuckling under to AIPAC? What would happen to her if BIG-ZION should spend big-bux to defeat her at next election? Who would defend her? American people sick and tired of war (for whatever reasons) and BIG-ZION wants… Read more »