Obama: Jerusalem Must Remain The Undivided Capital Of Israel
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Democratic presumptive nominee Barack Obama said
Wednesday that Jerusalem must remain the "undivided" capital of Israel in a
speech to a powerful US-Israel lobby group here.
"Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain
undivided," Obama told the vast annual policy conference of the American Israel
Public Affairs Council (AIPAC).
Addressing the group in almost his first act since claiming the
Democratic nomination late Tuesday, Obama said he was a "true friend" of Israel
and that the US bond with the Jewish state was "unbreakable."
Obama drew a standing ovation as he arrived to address the mighty
US-Israel lobby, and also addressed perceived suspicion of him in some sectors
of the Jewish community.
"As president I will never compromise when it comes to Israel's
security," Obama said in a cavernous Washington conference center, his image
emblazoned across eight massive cinema-style screens.
Obama said in the strikingly pro-Israel speech that the US bond
with the Jewish state was "unbreakable today, unbreakable tomorrow, unbreakable
for ever," adding he was speaking from his heart as a "true friend" of
Republicans have hammered Obama over his offer to talk to leaders of US
foe Iran, saying the strategy ignores repeated warnings by Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to destroy Israel.
But he said it was time to abandon Middle
East policies of President George W. Bush, which he said had made Israel less
safe, and accused Republican presumptive nominee John McCain of wanting to
"There are those who would continue and intensify this failed status
quo, ignoring eight years of accumulated evidence that our foreign policy is
dangerously flawed," Obama said.
He then went on to articulate the following message:
1) Obama warned Islamist movement Hamas must renounce
2) pledged to stand up for Israel's right to defend itself at
the United Nations and to provide the Jewish state the means to guarantee its
3) "We must isolate Hamas unless and until they renounce
terrorism, recognize Israel's right to exist, and abide by past agreements.
There is no room at the negotiating table for terrorist
4) He said he would push for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal
if elected president in November.
5) "Any agreement the Palestinian people must preserve Israel's
identity as a Jewish state," Obama said.
Those five points, outlined above, sound suspiciously like the exact plan by which the Bush Administration has been proceeding.
So, how is Barack Obama going to change the "status quo" and go against the tide of "eight years of accumulated evidence that our foreign policy is dangerously flawed ..."?
We deserve a freaking answer.