White House Faith Advisor Pushes Back Over Anti-Israel Remarks
Dalia Mogahed, a member of President Barack Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is fighting controversy over her online remarks about Israel.
On March 10, Mogahed tweeted her opposition to embattled Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad, listing as one of his flaws the allegation that he "cannot deliver...resistance to Israel," though Syria has been implacably hostile to Israel for decades.
Until recently, the Assad regime sheltered the Hamas terrorist group, among other anti-Israel organizations, and recently organized a march on the Israeli border that was treated as a legitimate protest by the international media.
After bloggers noticed Mogahed's tweets, she began defending her remarks, explaining that they were aimed at Assad's supporters, and not Israel. However, it is clear from other, unrelated tweets that she also holds anti-Israel views.
Mogahed's Twitter feed indicates that her views are her own, and therefore not necessarily those of the White House or her employer, but she would not be the first Obama administration advisor with known anti-Israel views.