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Obama Claims To Back Israel Staunchly

From the defenders of a different faith at Reuters:


U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., lays a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Wednesday, July 23, 2008. Barack Obama, after vowing to immediately work for a breakthrough in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations if elected U.S. president, plunged into the intricacies of the region’s conflict Wednesday with a packed schedule of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Obama calls Israel a “miracle,” vows staunch support

By Caren Bohan and Adam Entous

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged staunch support for Israel on Wednesday in Jerusalem, describing the Jewish state as a miracle and holding only a low-profile meeting with Palestinian leaders.

Obama, who is seeking to allay wariness among some U.S. Jewish voters about his policy towards Israel, said in comments to reporters he hoped to help bring peace in the Middle East.

I’m here on this trip to reaffirm the special relationship between Israel and the United States, my abiding commitment to its security, and my hope that I can serve as an effective partner, whether as a … senator or as a president, in bringing about a more lasting peace in the region,” he said.

The Illinois senator, meeting Israeli President Shimon Peres, described Israel as a “miracle that has blossomed” since its founding 60 years ago. Wearing a Jewish skullcap, he later laid a white wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum.

“Let our children come here and know this history so that they can add their voices to proclaim ‘never again’,” Obama wrote in the museum’s visitors’ book.

The Democratic candidate met Defence Minister Ehud Barak and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu and will later hold talks with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who could be forced out of office by a corruption probe.

Avoiding turning a trip to the occupied West Bank into a high-profile visit that could alienate Jewish voters, Obama did not make a statement after an hour-long meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah.

Aides said he would release a written statement later

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Abbas had briefed Obama on the peace process…

Abbas aide Nabil Abu Rudeineh said Obama pledged as president to pursue talks started by the Bush administration

Luckily, Mr. Obama’s lunatic supporters don’t follow the news or there would be hell to pay.

But what exactly is so different about Obama’s Middle East policies? Except for surrendering Iraq to the terrorists, where is the “change” we hear so much about?

Or were his secretive meeting with the Palestinians more fruitful than he is letting on?

And while we are on the subject, where does a candidate get off “having talks” with foreign leaders?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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