If this is his conciliatory tone. DUCK! Likud is the most pro-Israel party in the holy land. Sharon (pre Kadima), Netanyahu, Begin ...........all the greats. You can only equate Pro Israel with Pro Likud. These are the true zionists.
Barack Hussein Obama has problems with American supporters of Israel. This outburst is not Presidential. The remarks also eerily and uncomfortably echo those of the worst critics of Israel in America, the type of critics that subscribe to the view of Walt and Mearsheimer. By the way, anyone who may think that his critics drove him to make this statement might consider-not only were the questions and inquiries legitimate, but this type of outburst questions the view that he has had a long-lasting and strong support for Israel. Is this man-who has been criticized so little and has enjoyed a free pass from the press Presidential with an outburst like this one? He will face far greater pressures as President of the United States. Even the term "pro-Likud" is a bit dated and is shocking-even though it is often used as an epithet among foes of Israel. Barack Obama-friend of Israel? Has any leading Presdiential candidate ever made similar remarks? Any?
Obama: Don't equate 'pro-Israel' and 'pro-Likud'
Barack Obama faulted elements in the pro-Israel community that he says equate being pro-Israel with being pro-Likud.
"I think there is a strain within the pro-Israel community that says unless you adopt a unwavering pro-Likud approach to Israel that you're anti-Israel and that can't be the measure of our friendship with Israel," the Illinois senator and contender for the Democratic presidential nominee told a group of Jewish leaders in Cleveland on Sunday. "If we cannot have an honest dialogue about how do we achieve these goals, then we're not going to make progress."
The Likud Party, in the Israeli opposition, advocates minimal territorial concessions to the Palestinians and promotes settlement in the West Bank.
Obama was addressing a series of attacks, most from Republicans, that suggest that he has surrounded himself with anti-Israel advisers. He noted that he did not take the advice of Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Carter administration national security adviser named in some of the attack e-mails.
Obama explained that he accepted Brzezinski's endorsement, based on shared views on ending the Iraq war, but did not share Brzezinski's critical views of Israel. Nonetheless, he cautioned against marginalizing those with different views.
"Frankly some of the commentary that I've seen which suggests guilt by association or the notion that unless we are never ever going to ask any difficult questions about how we move peace forward or secure Israel that is non military or non belligerent or doesn't talk about just crushing the opposition that that somehow is being soft or anti-Israel, I think we're going to have problems moving forward," he said.
Obama also said he encountered more nuanced views among Israelis than Americans.
Nuanced? How do you nuance annihilation?
"There was a very honest, thoughtful debate taking place inside Israel," he said. "All of you, I'm sure, have experienced this when you travel there. Understandably, because of the pressure that Israel is under, I think the U.S. pro-Israel community is sometimes a little more protective or concerned about opening up that conversation. But all I'm saying though is that actually ultimately should be our goal, to have that same clear eyed view about how we approach these issues."
The meeting, taking place as the campaigns of Obama and U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) blitz the state ahead of a March 4 primary, was off the record, but a rough transcript was later made available.
And there's more:
Obama: Dividing Israel doesn't make me anti-Israel Israel Today
US presidential hopeful Barrack Obama on Sunday insisted that just because he tends to side with those who advocate dividing the Land of Israel as the most viable path to peace does not mean that he is an enemy of the Jewish state.
Speaking to Jewish leaders in Cleveland, the Illinois senator complained that "there is a strain within the pro-Israel community that says unless you adopt a unwavering pro-Likud approach to Israel that you're anti-Israel."
Israel's opposition Likud Party and its supporters promote minimal or no territorial compromises in the quest for peace with an Arab world that has tried to militarily destroy the Jewish state at least three different times.