Democratic leaders are speaking out against former President Jimmy Carter's
controversial new book on Israel, titled "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."
On Friday, DNC Chairman Howard Dean and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
both issued written statements, included below in their entirety.
Dean: "While I have tremendous respect for former President Carter, I
fundamentally disagree and do not support his analysis of Israel and the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On this issue President Carter speaks for
himself, the opinions in his book are his own, they are not the views or
position of the Democratic Party. I and other Democrats will continue to stand
with Israel in its battle against terrorism and for a lasting peace with its
Pelosi: "With all due respect to former President Carter, he does not speak
for the Democratic Party on Israel. Democrats have been steadfast in their
support of Israel from its birth, in part because we recognize that to do so
is in the national security interests of the United States. We stand with
Israel now and we stand with Israel forever.
"The Jewish people know what it means to be oppressed, discriminated against,
and even condemned to death because of their religion. They have been leaders
in the fight for human rights in the United States and throughout the world.
It is wrong to suggest that the Jewish people would support a government in
Israel or anywhere else that institutionalizes ethnically based oppression,
and Democrats reject that allegation vigorously."
Posted by Jennifer Siegel, October 23, 11:59 am
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