GLENDALE, N.Y., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bob Turner, the Republican candidate for Congress in New York's 9th CD who is challenging incumbent Anthony Weiner, met with orthodox rabbis in Queens yesterday to discuss the upcoming election, issues of concern to the Jewish community and his view of America.
Turner, speaking to more than 30 rabbinical leaders at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, said he would work closely with people like Reps. Peter King and Eric Cantor on providing compelling substantive support, not just kind words, for Israel.
Turner was welcomed by Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, VAAD (council of rabbis) president, and by VAAD Executive VP Rabbi Chaim Schwartz.
Turner spoke about the Islamic threat and said he recognizes the great significance of Israel as a bulwark against the onslaught of radical Islam. Unlike Obama and Wiener, who support reaching out to Islamic regimes while pressuring Israel into dangerous concessions, Turner offered a program of unwavering support for the Jewish state. Turner criticized Obama's public pressuring of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visited the White House and said these acts were read by Arab governments as an erosion of U.S. support for Israel. Turner praised the Congressional resolution to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, but pointed out that Wiener was not among the resolution's sponsors.
Turner also spoke about the need to overturn the health care bill and explained that his opposition to the building of a mosque near Ground Zero is a sign of his readiness to listen to his constituents, the majority of whom oppose the building.
Turner said, "As your representative, I will never forget that I represent you instead of dictating what is best for you. I appreciate the rabbis taking the time to meet with me, and I was happy to have the opportunity to tell them how much I look forward to doing what's right for the Jewish community when I get to Washington."
Several rabbis in attendance expressed their approval of the presentation and said that Turner is serious about listening to the Jewish community's concerns.
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