After all, Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz (STD – FL) wants Israel’s leader to silence Americans who dare take issue with the Middle East policy put forth by the Kenyan’s son.
The top official at a Republican Jewish group blasted Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for an “unprecedented and inappropriate” effort to quell partisan debate over Israel in a private meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday at which both were present.
Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks clashed with Wasserman Schultz, as I reported yesterday, after Wasserman Schultz called for partisan unity on matters of Israel policy and Brooks – whose group had criticized her for speaking before the liberal group J Street – responded that he reserved the right to attack Democrats who stray from a hawkish pro-Israel line.
“It’s unprecedented and inappropriate that the chairwoman of the DNC would take advantage of a meeting with a visiting head of state and ask him to put a gag order on Republicans,” Brooks told POLITICO today.
Sorry, Debbie, but for you to seek to use a foreign leader to trample the First Amendment rights of opponents of your party’s president is downright un-American – and is, as Matt Brooks points out, both unprecedented and inappropriate. Your party’s president, who has repeatedly shown a bias in favor of the Palestinians, has now put forth an ill-conceived policy that is dangerous to both Israel and the United States – and our silence would equal consent to a policy of dismembering and destroying America’s closest ally in the region. What’s more, goes beyond trampling on the free speech and press rights of Americans, for many of us hold our position in part based upon our belief that Israel has a divine right to every square inch of land within the so-called "occupied territories" – so you are seeking to have a foreign leader squelch our religious rights as well.
I dissent from the policies of Barack Obama on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since you didn’t try to silence the treasonous supporters of terrorism who sought to undermine American efforts to suppress terrorism following 9/11, don’t you dare seek to silence me and my fellow Americans who stand by a long-time American ally. After all – our dissent actually is patriotic.