In much the same way Hillary Clinton’s sympathy toward Israel in the Jewish nation’s ongoing fight against surrounding Palestinian terrorists earned her the scorn of her own party, another Democrat woman is facing a similar backlash this week.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently squared off against constituents who reject her recent vote to send financial aid to America’s closest Middle Eastern ally.
“The vote was wrong, I believe,” said John Bangert, whose comment reportedly elicited applause from many in the audience.
Warren remained firm in her defense of Israel, however, confirming that this is one subject on which she and her detractors will simply have to disagree.
“I think the vote was right,” she said, “and I’ll tell you why I think the vote was right. America has a very special relationship with Israel. Israel lives in a very dangerous part of the world and a part of the world where there aren’t many liberal democracies and democracies that are controlled by the rule of law.”
She continued by asserting that it is in America’s best interest to have “an ally in that part of the world.”
pathetic that this needs to be said & that politician annoys base for saying it. http://t.co/cKLIIa6mGP
— Richard Landes (@richard_landes) August 29, 2014
Warren also shared some harsh criticism for the brutal style of warfare employed by Hamas terrorists that has resulted in a disproportionately high number of Palestinian civilian casualties. She confirmed her belief that Israel is sincerely trying to limit the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza.
“But when Hamas puts its rocket launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they’re using their civilian population to protect their military assets,” she said. “And I believe Israel has a right, at that point, to defend itself.”
The left-leaning Huffington Post reported on Warren’s recent comments, evoking disapproving comments from many of her former supporters.
“She had my vote locked up,” one post read. “Until now. Sorry, can’t go for [Israel Defense Forces] propaganda.”
Another commenter wrote that he “turned away from Hillary six years ago because she was too pro-Israel” and that Warren’s defense of the Jewish nation has caused her “stock to go down” as well.
While such sentiment is extremely common in the comments section, some readers pointed out that the leftist narrative is not the only point of view regarding the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
“No one is caving,” one commenter responded. “They support Israel because they see the actual situation instead of just looking at the biased headlines of propaganda zines like this one. Nothing Warren said was untrue.”
In response to one of many leftists to confirm that Warren has lost a vote, one reader confirmed she “gained another few thousand or more.”
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