Barack Obama Reiterates Commitment to Israel

Barack Obama Reiterates Commitment to Israel
"Trying to dispel concerns about his commitment to American-Israeli relations on the eve of primaries in states with large Jewish constituencies, Senator Obama yesterday highlighted a Senate bill he had sponsored encouraging the divestment of money from Iran and reiterated his commitment to maintaining Israel as a Jewish state with a qualitative military edge.

He also condemned anti-Semitism in the black community, including that of Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, and noted that he had made such condemnations of anti-Semitism not only to the Jewish community but also for decades in the black community, including in a recent appearance marking Martin Luther King Day at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta....

In a sermon printed in the August, 2005 issue of Trumpet Magazine, Rev. Wright compared Israeli governments to the Apartheid regime in South Africa and to the genocidal rulers of Sudan. "Twenty years after the divestment strategy concerning South Africa worked, a similar strategy has been proposed by members of the United Church of Christ as it pertains to Sudan and to Israel," he wrote. But unlike the case of Sudan, he added, "Nobody is trying to hear what we are saying in terms of divestment from Israel.""

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