A top Jewish adviser to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said Sunday that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is “100 percent disingenous” when he says he will move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on “day one” of his presidency.
“The U.S. Jewish community should not be lied to, and told disingenous stories, about where the embassy will be at what day and time,” said Eric Lynn, the Obama campaign’s national Jewish vote director, on Sunday at the first meeting of the Obama campaign’s Colorado Jewish Community Leadership Committee at a hotel in Denver. “All of us heard Governor Bush made similar promises.” Bush did make the same pledge during his 2000 campaign, but has signed a waiver every six months of his presidency deferring the move for national security reasons, a move permitted under a 1995 law requiring the move.
“Senator Obama has stated that Jeruslaem is the capital of Israel and as such the U.S. Embassy shall be there,” said Lynn, but “he will not make promises that will not be kept.” The statement was in response to a question about Obama’s position on the site of the embassy.
More than 200 people heard Lynn talk about the presumptive Democratic nominee’s trip to Israel, as well as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) discuss why Obama is the best presidential choice for the Jewish community.