After delivering what many Jewish organizations said were anti-Semitic remarks during an antiwar forum March 3, Rep. James P. Moran Jr. issued a statement apologizing for his remarks. Following is the text of that statement.
At a recent open meeting with constituents [in Reston], I made some insensitive remarks that I deeply regret. I apologize for any pain these remarks have caused to members of the Jewish faith and any other individuals.
I should not have singled out the Jewish community and regret giving any impression that its members are somehow responsible for the course of action being pursued by the [Bush] administration, or are somehow behind an impending war.
In my response, I should have been more clear. What I was trying to say is that if more organizations in this country, including religious groups, were more outspoken against a war, then I do not think we would be pursuing war as an option.
I don't blame anyone who has criticized me for making such unreflected, if unintended, comments. I have only myself to blame. As such, I deeply regret any hurt that I may have caused and sincerely apologize to anyone I may have offended.
-- Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.)