White House press secretary Jay Carney today said that the United States has an alliance with Israel.
His comments came in response to a question from Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House and the second most-senior reporter on the White House beat.
He had asked, “The Methodist General Conference representatives of 12 million voted 685 to 246 to reject a proposal to divest from companies who do business with Israel. Is the president grateful for this support of Israel from our third-largest religious denomination?”
Carney responded, “I am not aware of that. The president believes strongly that we have an unshakable alliance with Israel, and I’ll leave it at that.”
He said Kinsolving, who has been shut out of questions at the daily briefings for several months, deserved a question “after collapsing.”
Kinsolving explained to WND that after standing for a lengthy period in the briefing, he tried to sit down, but inadvertently tripped on something and fell. He said his fellow reporters caught him and he was not injured.
The New York Times reported that the Methodist vote at a convention in Tampa, Fla., came after months of lobbying by American Jews, Israelis and Palestinian Christians.
The vote against divestment also was accompanied by a resolution calling for “positive” investment “in Palestine.”
Kinsolving had prepared a second question, but was not allowed to ask: “Will the president express opposition to the Methodists’ 61 percent vote that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teachings.”
The question was a different angle on the main subject at the briefing: Vice President Joe Biden’s comment that he’s “comfortable” with same-sex marriage.
Dozens of other questions on that subject were raised.
One questioner asked: “This morning, the Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, put himself on record in favor of gay marriage. Yesterday, the vice president indicated something along the same lines. Does this box the president in ahead of the election? Have his views changed at all on this subject?”
“I have no update on the president’s personal views. What the vice president said yesterday was to make the same point that the president has made previously, that committed and loving same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections enjoyed by all Americans, and that we oppose any effort to roll back those rights. That’s why this administration opposes the Defense of Marriage Act and supports legislation to repeal it. The administration also has stopped defending the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in legal challenges,” Carney said.
Actually the Obama administration has simply decided not to fulfill its responsibilities and it is refusing to defend the federal law, DOMA, when it is challenged. That abdication of responsibility has left the U.S. House of Representatives hiring outside counsel to do what the Department of Justice ordinarily would be expected to do.