Israeli Ambassador Denies Calling Republicans “Dangerous for Israel”
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), speaking at a training session for Jewish Democrats at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, said Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren has called Republicans “dangerous for Israel,” the Washington Examiner reported.
Oren denied the Democratic National Committee chair’s account in a statement Tuesday.
“I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel,” he said. “Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle.”
The Examiner quoted Wasserman Schultz as saying the following at the Monday session: “We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.”
According to Hadassah magazine, Wasserman Schultz has made similar comments regarding Oren before.
“What the Republicans are doing is dangerous. They are using Israel as a political football… Israel’s ambassador [to the United States], Michael Oren, has said this,” according to an interview with Wasserman Schultz that the magazine published in August.