NJDC released the following press statement today:
Washington, D.C. - Today, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) condemned the false accusations and fear mongering from the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) and Senator McCain's campaign surrounding Senator Obama's view on former President Jimmy Carter's recent meeting with Hamas.
Both the RJC and the McCain campaign falsely claimed that Senator Obama did not condemn Carter's meeting with Hamas last week, when in fact, on April 10th, the JTA reported, "The leading presidential candidates all said that it would be a mistake for Carter to meet with Hamas." The article continued with a statement from an Obama campaign spokesman: "Senator Obama does not agree with President Carter's decision to go forward with this meeting because he does not support negotiations with Hamas until they renounce terrorism, recognize Israel's right to exist and abide by past agreements."
"This is just an outrageous falsehood," said Ira N. Forman, NJDC Executive Director. "This is the kind of irresponsible behavior we saw in 2000 when the RJC charged Vice President Al Gore as anti-Israel because he wouldn't promise to move the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on his first day in office. Bush made the promise to move the Embassy, then failed to live up to his word without a hint of criticism from the RJC."
"Senator McCain and the RJC ought to be ashamed of themselves for employing such reckless falsehoods that instill unnecessary fear in voters," Forman continued. "How can Senator McCain's supporters claim their candidate has 'integrity' when his campaign is willing to spread utterly blatant misinformation?"
Even the conservative-leaning Washington Times wrote, "Mr. Obama joined the White House and Israel in opposing Mr. Carter's outreach to Hamas."