Oren denies Democratic chair’s comment that he called Republicans ‘dangerous for Israel’

Click photo to download. Caption: Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Credit: U.S. Congress.

(JNS.org) Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), speaking at a training session for Jewish Democrats at the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 3, said Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren has called Republican policies “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.”

Richard Baehr, chief political correspondent for American Thinker, told JNS.org that Oren “doesn’t like to tick off anybody” from either party when it comes to the U.S.-Israel relationship.

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.”

Wasserman Schultz told Fox News Sept. 4 that she “didn’t say [Oren] said that” about Republicans and Israel.

“And unfortunately, that comment was reported by a conservative newspaper,” she said. “Not surprising that they would deliberately misquote me.”

However, the Examiner later posted an audio recording of her comments here: http://washingtonexaminer.com/dws-attacks-examiner-for-deliberately-misquoting-her-but-heres-the-audio/article/2506980#.UEdKmsFlQm_

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.

Baehr told JNS.org that Democrats “thought they hit a home run” by choosing Wasserman Schultz as their committee chair because she would bolster support for Obama among three types of voters—women, Jews, and voters in the swing state of Florida. However, the choice has backfired because Wasserman Schultz “doesn’t look good when she’s lying,” Baehr said.

“[The Oren incident] is a sign of the sort of win-at-all-costs mindset of some of these people on the Democratic side, and [Wasserman Schultz is] one of the primary people involved in that,” Baehr said. “Truth is not an issue [for her], winning is.”

Posted on September 4, 2012 .