Campaign Confidential

Groovy Times for the Obama Campaign in the Middle East

By Brett Lieberman

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Is Israel the sole democracy or the soul one in the Middle East?

Apparently Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama found the State of Israel is a really hip place during his recent visit.

After a conference call with rabbis on Thursday, Obama’s campaign released a statement that included:

“I think that it’s also important to recognize that throughout my career in the State Legislature and now in the U.S. Senate I have been a stalwart friend of Israel. On every single issue related to Israel’s security, I have been unwavering, and will continue to be unwavering. My belief is that Israel’s security is sacrosanct and we have to ensure that as the soul democracy in the Middle East, one of our greatest allies in the world, one that shares a special relationship with us and shares our values, we have to make sure that they have the support whether its financial or military to sustain their security and the hostile environment. And its also important that we are an effective partner with them in pursuing the possibilities of peace in the future, and that requires not only active engagement and negotiations that may take place with Palestinians but it also requires that we stand tough and with great clarity when it comes to Iran and the unacceptability of them possessing nuclear weapons. During my recent visit to Israel, I had the occasion to meet with all of the major political players. That was my second visit there and I think that they all came away with assurance of my commitment with respect to Israel”

Hat tip on this goes to a proofreader at the Forward.



Comments
D. Scott Sat. Sep 20, 2008

Would that this characterization were so -- something to aspire to!

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