Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Wasserman Schultz Caught In Another Lie: 'Israeli Ambassador Said Republicans Dangerous For Israel"
These people lie the way most of us change our socks, and they're not even bothering to try and come up with something remotely credible anymore.
DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz was speaking at a specially organized training session for Jewish Democrats put on by the Obama campaign at the Democratic National Convention It was designed to teach Jewish Democrats how to talk fellow Jews into voting for President Obama in spite of his record on Israel.
She came up with this gem:
As she was wrapping up her remarks, she claimed that, “We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.”
As if Israel's ambassador to the U.S. was going to confide in an ex J-Streeter like Wasserman Schults and diss one of the major parties in an election year!
Needless to say, Ambassador Oren issued a statement that did everything but call Wasserman Schultz publicly the outright liar she is:
“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.”
Actually, Wasserman Schultz went even further with her rant:
Wasserman Schultz went on to elaborate 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.”
I'd call this chutzpah, except that's too mild a word for it.
Aside from the Democratic 2012 Party Platform, which excises almost all of the pro-Israel language from the party platform of 2008 and replaces it with distinctly anti-Israel omissions, there are President Barack Obama's own words, as reported in the Washington Post that directly stated that American policy was too pro-Israel and his goal was to create daylight between the U.S. and Israel. “When there is no daylight", the president said at that time, "Israel just sits on the sidelines, and that erodes our credibility with the Arab states.”
So what will Debbie Wasserman Schultz say now that she's been exposed in this way? My guess is that she just brushes everything off with a remark about how she stands by her statement and counts on the Obama Media lackeys to bury this.
There's an excellent ad the Republicans, The Emergency Committee on Israel or one of the other PACS could put out, showing Wasserman Schultz outright lie together with Ambassador Oren's statement.
The very fact that the Obama Campaign would resort to this outright deception (I guarantee you Debbie Wasserman Schultz didn't think of this herself) is proof that the Jewish vote in America is very much up for grabs.
Update: Dan over at Gay Patriot makes the cogent point that this is not just about domestic politics, but perhaps marks the first time a political operative has openly lied about for political purposes about what the ambassador of an allied nation has said.
I would only add that to me it seems obvious that Wasserman Schultz and the Obama campaign don't consider Israel an allied nation any more, but a problem to be managed in the short term for political purposes. After the election, however it turns out, you will see hostility never seen before unleashed by the Obama Administration towards Israel to the extent the Administration can.