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September 4, 2012 10:00 pm

Israeli Ambassador Denies Calling Republicans “Dangerous for Israel”

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U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Michael Oren. Photo: wiki commons.

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.”

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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.

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