November 16, 2006
Nancy Pelosi’s links to Israel are strong and personal
(Page 2 - Previous Page)When it comes to Israel, "she truly gets it," said Matt Dorf, a consultant to the Democratic National Committee. She gets "Israel's value and asset to U.S. security" and its "importance as the only democracy in the Middle East."
Jewish organizational officials also commend Pelosi's record on Jewish communal issues.
Republican William Daroff, vice president for public policy for the United Jewish Communities, the federation system's umbrella group, said the lawmaker has helped ensure federal funding of Jewish family service agencies and has supported government programs and policies that Jewish organizations value, such as Medicare and Medicaid. He also noted that Reva Price, Pelosi's liaison to the Jewish community for a year and a half, came from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the umbrella group of local community relations councils.
Bringing on board such an insider was "really a masterful stroke," Daroff said. Price, he added, has done a wonderful job of playing "traffic cop" with Jewish organizations and in making sure that Pelosi's agenda is in tune with that of the Jewish community.
She's been "a real champion of making sure the Jewish community is well served," Daroff said of the lawmaker. "I'm sure she'll continue to be a champion. "
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