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Debbie Wasserman Schultz backs President Obama's remarks on Israel

The new chair of the national Democratic party -- and prominent Jewish lawmaker -- is out with remarks praising President Obama's call for Israel's pre-1967 borders — adjusted by land exchanges — to be the basis of an independent Palestine, saying he has "demonstrated his stalwart dedication to the safety and security of our friend and ally, Israel."

Obama's remarks referencing 1967 touched off a storm of criticism --even among some Jewish Democrats -- but Wasserman Schultz -- who hadn't responded to them until Obama spoke today before a prominent pro-Israel lobbying group -- said they "reiterated long-standing American foreign policy.."

Obama at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference today said his remarks had been misrepresented by critics.

Wasserman Schultz said he had "presented a foundation for Israel’s security, completely and undeniably rejecting the notion that the Palestinians can unilaterally declare a state, as well as the notion that Israel should have to negotiate with the terrorist group Hamas, which flagrantly denies Israel’s right to exist.

"The President promised that the United States 'will continue to demand that Hamas accept the basic responsibilities of peace, including recognizing Israel’s right to exist and rejecting violence and adhering to all existing agreements.' Only after such principles are fulfilled could Israel be expected to negotiate through direct, bi-lateral talks with the Palestinians.

"The President reiterated long-standing American foreign policy that, should the Palestinians meet these criteria, negotiations be based on the 1967 lines incorporating mutually agreed upon land swaps that recognize both the current situation on the ground and the vital need to protect Israel’s security.

"Importantly, he pledged to redouble our efforts to derail Iran’s nefarious ambitions to nuclear power and he reaffirmed our commitment to Israel’s qualitative military edge and foreign aid, including the $205 million for the Iron Dome technology that has recently prevented missiles from entering Israel from Gaza.

"As a Jewish Member of Congress who cares deeply about preserving Israel as a Jewish, democratic state, I am proud that President Obama spoke forcefully about continuing the United States' strong and stalwart support of Israel."

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JP Knight

See? According to DWS, I am just too darn stupid to realize that Obama simply and merely "reiterated long-standing American foreign policy...." Likewise, those who booed Obama today at AIPAC are stupid. Gee whillikers, there seem to be a lot of people who just are not as smart and well-informed as DWS.

Deb

Typical communist outlook: the people are too stupid to know what is good for them, that's why they need a wise "leader".

harry houdini

Obama got upstaged by the Israeli Prime Minister and this is how he retreats and regroups with his freiend Debbie, the biggest socialist in Washington!

Repubtallygirl

Debbie Debbie Debbie, you just threw your own people under the bus. how can you call yourself Jewish??

86GOPGator

Debbie is more loyal to the Democratic Party and to the re-election of President Obama than she is to the safety of Israel. She is nothing more than a political hack and a disgrace to her constituents, her faith and to Israel. She needs to re-read Genesis 12:3 and understand GOD's covenent to Abraham. It is unbreakable! As a Christian, I stand strongly on the side of Israel!

Ilene Goldfinger

Debbie is a disgrace to the Jewish people and to America. She is more interested in herself and her political future than in doing the right thing. I will not vote for her. Let's fire her!

Alan Saltzman

DWS makes me want to vomit. An evil pretend Jew like her is the reason Hitler conquered Europe. Mr Netanyahu was correct to reject Obama and DWS false assurances and realize it is Israel agaist the Arabs. Even the USA with its previous military might could not defend an eight mile nation.

R. Ehrenberg

DWS is a politician. She's a total embarrassment as a member of society. She will lie and kiss a--- every opportunity she gets just to elevate her position in the political arena. I've heard her lie time and time again. She's pathetic and has no clue beyond her own self-importance.

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