Before speaking to members of a local Democratic club in Brooklyn last night, I asked congressional candidate David Weprin about a couple of fellow Democrats he may end up working with in Washington: Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.
“I think our commitment to Israel should be unequivocal,” said Weprin, when I asked about the president’s handling of the Mideast peace process and relationship with Israel. “It’s the only solid ally we have in the Middle East.”
Then, Weprin added, “I don’t think we should be going back to the pre-’67 boundaries. It’s clearly been part of Israel for many, many years.” That’s a distinct break from President Obama’s position, but one many Democrats — especially those from New York — have also made.
The administration’s relationship with Israel is likely to be a major issue in the campaign, given the high population of Jewish voters in the Ninth Congressional District. (Their previous representative, Anthony Weiner, was outspoken and unabashed in his support for Israel, going so far as to argue there was no settlement activity in the Palestinian territory.)
As Weprins’ campaign aides ushered him inside the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club, I asked him if he supported Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whom Republicans often attack as a liberal extremist.
“I expect to support Pelosi as the leader of the party, yes,” Weprin said.
The Republican and Conservative parties in Queens — where 70 percent of the district is located — have yet to settle on a single candidate.
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