W.House Condemns Lawmaker's Remarks on Jews, Iraq
Mar 11, 11:04 am ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday condemned remarks by a Democratic congressman suggesting that American Jews were responsible for pushing the United States toward a war with Iraq.
Rep. James Moran of Virginia told a March 3 church forum that "if it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this." He went on to suggest that Jewish leaders could prevent war if they wanted to.
Jewish groups criticized the remarks, first reported by the Reston Connection and The Washington Post, as anti-Semitic.
"Congressman Moran suggested that the reason that the president is thinking about using force in Iraq is because of the influence of the Jewish community. Those remarks are shocking. They are wrong, and they should not have been said," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.
According the Post, Moran has issued an apology. "I made some insensitive remarks that I deeply regret," he said.