Republican National Committee: Obama's Weak Judgment on Israel

Obama Will Address AIPAC Today, But Will He Be Able To Defend His Weak Record On Issues Critical To Israel WASHINGTON , June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the Republican National Committee: (Logo...

Iowa Democrat David Adelman Wrote To Obama Seeking Clarification On His Comments. "Now, an Iowa Democrat and AIPAC member, David Adelman , has written Obama a letter asking for clarification of Obama's remark to the Des Moines register that 'nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people,' a statement Adelman writes he found 'deeply troubling.'" ( Ben Smith , "Obama's Jewish Problem," The Politico's " Ben Smith's Blog,", 3/13/07)

Obama Said Anti-Israel Terrorist Groups Had "Legitimate Claims":

Obama Said That Hezbollah And Hamas Had "Legitimate Claims." "The U.S. needs a foreign policy that 'looks at the root causes of problems and dangers.' Obama compared Hezbollah to Hamas. Both need to be compelled to understand that 'they're going down a blind alley with violence that weakens their legitimate claims.' He knows these movements aren't going away anytime soon ('Those missiles aren't going to dissolve'), but 'if they decide to shift, we're going to recognize that. That's an evolution that should be recognized.'" ( David Brooks , Op-Ed, "Obama Admires Bush," The New York Times, 5/16/08)

At An April 2007 Debate, Obama Did Not List Israel As One Of The U.S.'s Strongest Allies:

Obama Required Prompting To Say That Israel Was One Of The U.S.'s Closest Allies. "Obama appeared to hesitate when he was asked to name the United States' three closest allies, then listed the European Union, NATO and Japan . He added Israel after debate moderator Brian Williams prompted him." ( Steven Thomma , "S.C. Lawmaker Gives Clinton High Marks," McClatchy Newspapers, 4/28/07)

Obama Has Said That He Would Meet With Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad , Even Though Iran Has Threatened To Wipe Israel Off The Map:

At A July 2007 Debate, Obama Didn't Hesitate To Announce He Would Personally Meet With The Leaders Of Iran And Other Rogue Nations. Question: "[W]ould you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran , Syria , Venezuela , Cuba and North Korea -region>, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?"... Obama: "I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them -- which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration - is ridiculous." (Sen. Barack Obama , CNN/YouTube Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Charleston, SC , 7/23/07)

Ahmadinejad Referred To Israel As A "Stinking Corpse" And Said It Was "On Its Way To Annihilation." "President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel a 'stinking corpse' that was doomed to fail, and warned countries that they would 'burn in the fire of their people's hatred' if they helped Israel , the news agency IRNA reported. 'Today the reason for Zionist regime's existence is questioned, and this regime is on its way to annihilation,' he said in a speech on the 60th anniversary of the Jewish state." ( Nazila Fathi , " Iran : A Hate Note On Israel's Birthday," The New York Times, 5/9/08)

Ahmadinejad Previously Said Israel Should Be Wiped Off The Map And Denied That The Holocaust Occurred. "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said in the past he wants to wipe Israel off the map and dismissed the Holocaust as a myth." ( Nick Wadhams , " Israel : No Greater Threat To World's Values Than The Leaders Of Iran," The Associated Press, 9/21/06)

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