Yesterday I wrote a post for the Campaign Trail Report about the fact Obama is trying to cover up his tracks on his Middle East positions, while refusing to back off of his ridiculous support of 1967 borders with Palestine.
Most Americans thought Obama would probably back-track and change his position when he realized just how damaging his comments will be. Instead, Obama is digging in and standing strong by his ludicrous statement against our friends in Israel.
Obama’s defiant attitude towards our friend in Israel is very unsettling for MANY who will vote, donate and knock on doors come 2012. It appears that DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her ilk on the left know this, and they’re trying to throw water on the flame before it gets out of control.
According to a press release put out by the Republican Jewish Coalition, Wasserman Schultz “asked the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) and other Republican groups to pledge to refrain from using Israel as an issue in the upcoming campaign season.”
The response from the RJC was probably not the type the DNC wanted. Full letter below.
May 24, 2011
The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
Dear Chairwoman Wasserman Shultz:
It was a pleasure to be with you at yesterdayâ€™s bipartisan meeting involving the Republican Jewish Coalition and representatives from the National Jewish Democratic Council. It is always an honor to be with an Israeli Prime Minister and I know you are as grateful as I am for the time he gave us so we could discuss matters that involve Israelâ€™s security.
I also commend you personally for your pro-Israel record as a Congresswoman. There is no question that when it comes to how you vote, you have always been strong for Israel. Not everyone in Congress is like you and thatâ€™s why it is important for both of us to continue to speak out freely when individuals in our parties break from a position of support for Israel. I did so just two weeks ago when Congressman Ron Paul announced his candidacy for President.
In order to maintain bipartisan support for Israel, the RJC will continue to publicly point out the records and statements of public officials who stray from this bipartisan position. I hope you will do the same and not feel pressure to sweep under the rug or whitewash the positions of anyone in your party whose positions represent a threat to Israelâ€™s security.
I hope you agree with me that no one â€“ in either party â€“ whether itâ€™s the President of the United States, a candidate for President or a rank and file member â€“ should be shielded from criticism if their positions are harmful to Israelâ€™s well being. Covering up anti-Israel positions by gagging debate about them doesnâ€™t help anyone; instead it only protects those who hope to get away with their anti-Israel positions. The Jewish community has a right to be informed about peopleâ€™s records and people should be answerable for the positions they take. That is the essence of democracy.
Indeed, several leading Democrats have exercised their right to free speech when they criticized President Obamaâ€™s controversial statement that, â€œThe borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.â€
Former New York City Mayor and lifelong Democrat Ed Koch responded, â€œIf President Obama does not change his position, I cannot vote for his reelection.â€
According to a story in todayâ€™s Politico, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in his remarks to AIPAC, rebuked President Obama for his remarks.
However, in our meeting with the Prime Minister, you appealed to us, in front of the leader of a foreign nation, to pledge to refrain from any debate about these matters. I do not think that the timing or the venue you chose for raising this issue was appropriate.
I recognize that now, as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, you are in a position where you must support candidates whose positions on Israel are different from yours.
To that end, I understand why you would like to shield and provide political amnesty to those Democrats whose positions undermine Israelâ€™s security.
For example, in Wisconsin, your party is likely to nominate a signer of the Gaza 54 letter, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, to replace Senator Herb Kohl.
In New Mexico, the Democrats are likely to nominate Congressman Martin Heinrich, who refused to join 344 colleagues in condemning the Goldstone report.
And in Connecticut, your party is likely to nominate Congressman Chris Murphy, who accepted major financial support from J Street in two different election cycles.
I understand that you would like to stifle debate in the Jewish community on these issues, but the RJC believes they are legitimate issues and part of a healthy and vigorous debate. Indeed, the best way to avoid debating them is for Democratic candidates not to hold positions that weaken Israelâ€™s security, in which case both parties would be fully joined together in strong support of Israel.
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