Jewish Insider: Warnock seeks to clarify 2018 sermon blasting Israeli action on Gaza border

December 9, 2020

By Jacob Kornbluh

“I am a staunch ally and supporter of Israel, and I echo without reservation Dr. [Martin Luther] King’s perspective that Israel’s right to exist as a state in security is incontestable,” Warnock emphasized on a call hosted by the Jewish Democratic Council of America and moderated by former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro. “And so that will be reflected in my work in the Senate.”

“I will always affirm the right of people to protest non-violently. But at the same time, I condemn BDS [for] its refusal to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist,” he added.

Warnock accused the Republicans of “trying to use Israel as yet another wedge issue in this campaign. And I think that’s quite unfortunate.”

The Democratic candidate also pledged to fully support continued security assistance to Israel under the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding. “Our aid and support of Israel is something that I would advance as a member of the Senate,” he said.

Ossoff told participants he is looking forward to, “as a Jewish leader” in the Senate, promoting strong American diplomacy to bring about a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”