CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, with a worldwide membership of more than 250,000, issued a sharply-worded statement today condemning critics of Joseph Lieberman for the Senator’s support of Republican presidential candidate John McCain. He directed his ire, particularly, at some of the now-independent Connecticut legislator’s former Democratic Party colleagues many of whom, he said, had labeled Lieberman “a traitor.”
“I am deeply saddened by these attacks,” the Rabbi declared. “I have known Joe Lieberman for more than 15 years as both a friend of extraordinary integrity as well as a political leader of unbending devotion to democratic principles. Above all, he is a man whose strength of conviction has so often breached the self-defeating partisan divides that frequently imprison our Congress. Joe Lieberman has devoted his entire political career to the ideal of building bridges for the general good.”
Founded in 1983 and based in Chicago, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews promotes understanding and cooperation between Jews and Christians around the world, focusing on financial support for Israel in addition to a broad range of social concerns.