Oren 'Categorically Denies' Placing Blame on GOP

Israel’s ambassador to US “categorically denied” saying GOP is “dangerous” for Israel by making support for Jewish state a partisan issue.

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Michael B. Oren
Michael B. Oren
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Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, “categorically denied” telling Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz that Republicans are “dangerous” for Israel.

"I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel," Oren said in a statement emailed Tuesday to reporters. "Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle."

In a training session Monday for Jewish activists at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wasserman Schultz allegedly said, “We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel,” The Washington Examiner reported.

She later denied the reports and accused the paper of “deliberately” misquoting her.

“I didn’t say he said that,” the congresswoman said. “And unfortunately, that comment was reported by a conservative newspaper. It’s not surprising they would deliberately misquote me. What I always say is that unfortunately the Republicans have made Israel a political football, which is dangerous for Israel. And Ambassador Oren has said that we can’t ever suggest that there is any daylight between the two parties on Israel, because there isn’t. And that that’s harmful to Israel. That’s what I said, and that is accurate.”

While Oren has repeatedly said attempts to make Israel a partisan issue are detrimental to bipartisan support for the Jewish state, he has never singled out one party as being responsible for promoting such divisions.