U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, has recently tried to disassociate herself from the radical Jewish group, J Street. The militancy and terror of the Palestinians, whom this organization has supported as credible peace partners for Israel, prompted her to shun it for fear of Jewish voter rage. Just look at the recent election in New York City, where an age-old Democratic seat went Republican because of the Israel issue.
But recent events have suggested the congresswoman isn’t distancing herself enough. It should be noted here that Wasserman Schultz hosted the first J Street convention three years ago, the same convention that also had then-Congressman Robert Wexler as the keynote speaker. And then there’s the issue of last month’s gathering in Washington.
On Aug. 22, a delegation of J Street officials was welcomed and photographed at Wasserman Schultz’s offices in the nation’s capital. The delegation was led by Ilana Miller, founder and chairwoman of J Street’s South Florida chapter, and it was received by Wasserman Schultz’s legislative assistant, Danielle Gilbert. After the meeting, J Street officials delivered more than 250 signature cards to the White House calling for President Obama to support a two-state solution and the Palestinians’ efforts for U.N. statehood.
At J Street officials’ meeting with Wasserman Schultz’s staff, at least one member of the group carried a sign with Obama’s 2008 campaign slogan, “Yes, we can.” But the word “can” was translated into Hebrew. Despite President Obama’s proven record of hostility toward Israel, Jews continue to see the use of tactics specifically designed to manipulate the Jewish compact of ethnic trust in his favor. The same poster also includes a pro-Palestinian statehood slogan in Hebrew. So, what is there about J Street that Jews should know about? What does it stand for? Where does it get its financing? Does it speak for most Jews? The big question is, why is Wasserman Schultz still supporting this group?
Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, blasted J Street, saying the organization was “fooling around with the lives of 7 million people (Israelis).” According to an article in The Jewish Daily Forward, Oren described the left-wing group as “a unique problem in that it not only opposes one policy of one Israel government, it opposes all positions of all Israeli governments. It’s significantly out of the mainstream.”
So Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Robert Wexler — the latter having been recruited from his home in Maryland, where he lived even while he represented congressional District 19 in South Florida — are still part and parcel of the Jewish voices for Obama and Palestine by their association with J Street. Will the voters in South Florida come to the same conclusions as those in New York’s congressional District 9: that the future of Israel should be taken out of the hands of Obama and his Democrat cohorts?
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