Democratic congressman Steve Rothman just released the following statement regarding the comments on anti-Semitism made by Howard Gutman, the U.S. ambassador to Belgium:
"Anti-Semitism is inexcusable under any circumstances. Those who use the existence of the Jewish State of Israel or the ongoing deadlock in Israeli-Palestinians peace negotiations as an excuse to hate Jews are nothing more than anti-Semitic bigots. I strongly disagree with Ambassador Gutman’s analysis on the different reasons for anti-Semitism and I am pleased that he has expressed regret for his remarks."
The American Jewish Committee earlier today said it was "appalled" by Gutman's remarks. Senator Joe Lieberman and Democratic congressman Gary Ackerman likewise blasted Gutman's comments.