Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
HOWARD DEAN PROMISED THAT IF HE IS ELECTED PRESIDENT, THE UNITED STATES WILL NO LONGER SUPPORT ISRAEL THE WAY IT HAS IN THE PAST UNDER BOTH DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS. IN HIS OWN WORDS HE WILL INSIST THAT THE UNITED STATES BE "EVEN HANDED" . THIS IS A TERM REGULARLY EMPLOYED BY ARAFAT AND HIS COTERIE OF ADHERENTS THAT MEANS TO BE ANTI-ISRAEL!!
GOVERNOR DEAN MADE THESE COMMENTS ON CNN ON
IN THIS WERE NOT ENOUGH, GOVERNOR DEAN ON THAT SAME SHOW CHARACTERIZED THE HAMAS TERRORISTS AS "SOLDIERS". FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 9/11 WE HAVE SOMEONE RUNNING FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CALLING TERRORISTS SOLDIERS.
I URGE YOU THAT IF YOU HAVE ANY LOVE FOR AMERICA AND ISRAEL YOU SHOULD NOT AND CANNOT VOTE FOR HOWARD DEAN FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT.
THIS COMING ELECTION MAY VERY WELL BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT IN DECADES.
PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO AS MANY OF YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AS YOU CAN.
Origins: Former Vermont governor Howard Dean, who is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination as its 2004 presidential candidate, touched off controversy in September 2003 while speaking about the Middle East peace process for saying that he didn't "believe stopping the terror has to be a prerequisite for talking," that "it's not our place to take sides" on the issue, that an "enormous number" of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories would have to be dismantled, and that "the United States needs an even-handed approach in the conflict." Dean was criticized for his remarks, particularly by presidential rival Senator Joseph Lieberman, in part because (as noted above) the term "even-handed," when used in reference to the Israeli-Palestinian situation in the Middle East, often indicates a pro-Palestinian (or anti-Israeli) position. Lieberman responded to Dean's remarks in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York:
I bet the Palestinians are more surprised than anyone else when they heard Howard Dean say this.
Dean drew another round of criticism when he was asked during a CNN interview whether he felt Israel had the right to target and assassinate Hamas leaders, and answered:
What policies Howard Dean would likely pursue in the Middle East should he become president is an issue voters will have to determine for themselves. Summaries of his statements and positions regarding Israel (as well as those of other presidential candidates) can be found at JSOURCE (the Jewish Virtual Library) and the web site of the
| Dean Defends Middle East Remarks |
Kurtz, Howard. "Why Dean Got Hit on Israel." The Washington Post. 10 September 2003. Nagourney, Adam and Jodi Wilgoren. "At Debate, Democrats Clash Over Mideast." The New York Times. 10 September 2003 (p. A22). CNN.com. "Dean Defends Middle East Remarks." 10 September 2003.