DNC chair and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is among President Obama's staunchest Jewish supporters yet even she is having difficulty convincing her own Jewish friends and family that Obama is a friend of the Jewish State.
In an op-ed published Wednesday in the Florida Jewish Journal titled, No Smearing a True Friend, Wasserman Schultz admits that her friends and family often forward her emails while questioning the president’s support for Israel.
“I hear the rumors, too,” Wasserman Schultz wrote.
"I receive the dubious email forwards from friends and family. But no smear campaign can change the fact that the President has not wavered in his support for the Jewish state and effort to curb the Iranian nuclear program."
In her op-ed, Wasserman Schultz made a long-winded case that Obama is essentially the most pro-Israel president to date, writing:
Part of that pact means standing up for Israel when no one else will, which is precisely what the president has done time and again before the international community. And when it comes to Iran's nuclear-weapons capability, the president is unshakable in his message: if you threaten Israel, you will find yourself isolated from the rest of the world.
Thanks to President Obama's strongest-ever sanctions on Iran — an international effort that has crippled Iran's economy and weakened its tyrannical leaders — that is already happening. This pressure has come in the form of robust multilateral sanctions, which the president convinced China and Russia to support, and comprehensive, unilateral American sanctions that he has signed and implemented during the past three years.
She added that Obama has "stood shoulder to shoulder with Israel in international forums, and executed a tenacious diplomatic strategy to counter efforts to delegitimize Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recognized the president's ongoing defense of Israel as "a badge of honor."
After multiple other paragraphs citing instances of "proof" that the president is a friend of Israel, Wasserman Schultz went on the offensive with GOP detractors, writing:
"These are the facts. Many on the other side, including the Republican candidates, don't want this truth out there."
They [conservatives] simply want to manipulate the president's record for political gain. I believe they have chosen this path because their own records on domestic and social issues are so far out of touch with Americans' vision of fairness and equality and the values that the Jewish community holds dear. Republicans know that they can't appeal to the Jewish community on domestic issues, so they mischaracterize President Obama's stellar record on Israel to sow seeds of doubt.
"As a member of Congress, the chair of the Democratic Party, and an American Jew who brings my love of Israel to work with me every day, I am proud that our president has protected and strengthened our unbreakable friendship with Israel," she closed.
Wasserman Schultz’s office did not respond to a request from The Washington Free Beacon for comment on the exact nature of said emails, nor did her office respond when asked which elements of Iran’s nuclear program are “sinister” and which are not. The Beacon astutely notes, however, that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has zero doubts about Iran's nuclear program, stating in a speech recently that “Responsible leaders should not bet the security of their countries on the bet that the world’s most dangerous regimes won’t use the worlds most dangerous weapons.”