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Sen. Elizabeth Warren meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Nov. 24, 2014.

Warren, he added, “has a really strong and engaged relationship with the JCRC and the Boston Jewish community leadership. Going back to when she was running for the Senate, she met with the Jewish leadership a number of times, and just this past year she has met with us at least three times on a wide range of issues, including on Israel.”

Last summer U.S. legislators stood by Israel during Operation Protective Edge. Senate Resolution 498 expressed “support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks” by Hamas, and the Senate also passed emergency funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

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Some liberals expressed their disappointment in Warren for not voicing objection to Resolution 498 and voting in favor of the Iron Dome funds.

“When Hamas puts its rocket-launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they’re using their civilian population to protect their military assets,” said Waren. “And I believe Israel has a right, at that point, to defend itself,” Warren said.

Warren was also a co-sponsor on the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014, which was passed by the Senate in September and elevates the status of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

But Warren has made remarks that irk supporters of Israel. Last September, she came under fire for comments during a talk she gave at Tufts University in which she called it “fair” when an audience member compared Israel’s actions in Gaza to the Holocaust.

Johns Hopkins University’s Muravchik argues that Warren, through her mixed record on Israel, is seeking to bridge a gap between different camps in the Democratic Party.

“She is walking a tightrope between, on the one hand, her leftist and left-liberal base, which is militantly anti-Israel, and on the other, the mainstream of Democratic voters who remain pro-Israel.”

(JNS)

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14 COMMENTS

  1. I like Senator Warren’s stand on domestic issues but her refusal to sign the letter against aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until the Obama administration completes a review of the Palestinians’ decision to unilaterally join the International Criminal Court is cause for concern.

  2. Everybody loves the jews before they are elected to office. They love the Jewish money, they love the Jewish votes, they all promise to free Jonathan Pollard, they all promise to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, they all promise to back Israel when the going gets tough, they all promise to consult with Israel as the only true democracy in the Middle East. In short…they all promise to say and do the same bull that their predecessors have said before them. In other words, they will stab Israel in the back after they are elected.

  3. I have now attempted to put forth a reasonable opinion explaining Elizabeth Warren's comments 3 times now and my comment was destroyed by the moderator before I had even explained any of my views.I find Anti-Semitism repugnant but do not always agree with the Actions taken by Israel's government.Technically Arabs are also Semites. But like U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren I feel all people deserve equal & Fair treatment and Self Determination. Both Israel and Palestine need to exist as Sovereign nations for peace to happen.I oppose the use of violence by either side in the conflict but understand occasionally self defense can be necessary.I like Miss Warren oppose the bill limiting all aid to the Palestinian Authority.but only because Food aid should be allowed in all circumstances.Other forms of Aid must be conditional on an improvement in their relationship with Israel but food and medical aid are basic human rights that should be available to all.

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