Wasserman Schultz smacks down Palin


Sarah Palin questioned Barack Obama’s support for Israel yesterday, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) didn’t like it one bit.

“Gov. Sarah Palin — who prior to her nomination for Vice President had never spoken publicly about Israel in any major forum – has no standing to question Barack Obama’s unshakeable commitment to Israel and its security,” said the South Florida congresswoman, one of Obama’s most visible Jewish surrogates, in a statement. “He has demonstrated this commitment over many years through word, deed, legislation, and votes. Frankly, her attempts to question Barack Obama on Israel are unfounded and pathetic.”

Wasserman Schultz was responding to a speech Palin made in Bowling Green, Ohio, in which she noted that Obama had attended a farewell party for Palestinian-American professor and activist Rashid Khalidi.

“And the twist here is that there’s a videotape of a party for this person, back in 2003, a celebration of him, and Barack was there, and we know some very derogatory things were said there about Israel and America’s support for that great nation,” Palin said. “And among other things, Israel was described there as the perpetrator of terrorism instead of the victim.”

She continued, “What we don’t know is how Barack Obama responded to these slurs on a country that he now professes to support.”

Recommended from JTA