Jewish Journal

‘Even if Democrats had picked David Ben-Gurion to run as vice president’

by Brad A. Greenberg

August 25, 2008 | 1:10 pm

Joe Biden

Now that Barack Obama’s running mate is no longer a tightly held secret—shhhh, he picked Joe Biden—those favoring soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee John McCain can attack the credibility and efficacy of the Democratic ticket. For example, these words of worry from the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Matt Brooks:

“With the selection of Senator Joe Biden as Senator Obama’s vice president, the Democrat’s ticket has now become an even greater gamble for the Jewish community. Throughout his career, Senator Biden has consistently been wrong on Iran and his voting record on Israel has been inconsistent. Like Obama, Biden fundamentally misunderstands the threat posed by an Iran determined to obtain nuclear weapons. Biden has continuously demonstrated poor judgment on Iran. He has voted against significant legislation that would pressure Iran to stop pursuing nuclear weapons. Biden has failed to recognize the serious threat that Iran poses to Israel and the US and its allies in the Middle East,”

To which Ira Forman, head of the National Jewish Democratic Council, responded:

“Biden’s record is clear; he is great friend of the American Jewish Community with extensive foreign policy experience and a strong pro-Israel record. Even if Democrats had picked David Ben-Gurion to run as vice president, the RJC would be charging that he was anti-Israel.”

What does Biden really mean for American foreign-policy in the Middle East? Ask Shmuel, who calls him an “erratic” expert, both hawk and dove.

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