Sunday, March 04, 2007

How Barack Obama learned to love Israel

By Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 4 March 2007

On March 2, Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama gave a speech that proved that when it came to supporting Israel he is "as strong as Clinton, as supportive as Bush, as friendly as Giuliani" in the words of one Israeli journalist. Obama blamed Palestinians for the failure of peace efforts and uttered no criticism of Israeli policies. Yet once upon a time Obama supported Palestinian rights and an even-handed US approach to solving the conflict. EI co-founder Ali Abunimah who has met the candidate half a dozen times over a decade analyzes the speech and traces Obama's path into the hardline pro-Israel camp.

You can read the editorial here.

1 comment:

bluegrrrrl said...

hmmmm....this is very disappointing. I will have to give the editorial a read. I would think that Israel's hostilities in Lebanon last summer would have opened some people's eyes. But I tend to pipe-dream a lot.