The chairman of the Democratic National Committee compared Barack Obama to Ariel Sharon.
â€œMuch as the United States needs the strong leadership Barack Obama gives us, Ariel Sharon turned out to be a strong leader,â€ Howard Dean said during a speech to the National Jewish Democratic Council on Wednesday.
Recalling a trip he took to the Jewish state just after Israel had pulled out of Gaza, Dean said: â€œIn Israel and America, strong leaders make peace. Only leaders who have the confidence to do what’s right, to make concessions if necessaryâ€ and â€œonly leaders with strong self-confidence can do the things that need to be done.â€
Dean also criticized the Republican Jewish Coalition’s anti-Obama literature, calling it â€œdespicable stuffâ€ and telling the crowd that â€œyou are the folks that can counteractâ€ what he called â€œhate-based propaganda.â€
Much of Dean’s speech was devoted to making the argument that the proper home for Jewish voters is the Democratic Party. He said the â€œcore of the relationshipâ€ between Democrats and Jews goes beyond just support for Israel to shared â€œhumanitarian values.â€
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