Monday, July 7, 2008



In an explosive article titled “Obama will immediately birth Palestinian state,”Aaron Klein of WorldNetDaily’s (WND) Jerusalem Bureau quotes a senior Palestinian authority leader as asserting a President Barack Obama would take steps seriously endangering Israel.

The main source of Klein’s story is Palestinian Authority (PA) Planning Minister Samir Abdullah, a former Communist Party head, who spoke to journalists in Tokyo.

"We would like to see Obama elected. If he is elected, an agreement about the foundation of a Palestinian state (would be) reached," Samir asserted.

The Planning Minister added that, once Obama takes office, “he will immediately study the Palestinian cause and will try to push it forward. He will not wait until the last period of his office to re-launch negotiations . . . [but] will begin doing this his first day in office, unlike President Bush . . . .”

Samir’s remarks were published on July 6 in the Firas Press Network, a Palestinian news website linked with PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Organization.

Samir Abdullah isn’t the only Palestinian official to express support for Obama. In April, Ahmed Yousuf, Hamas' chief political adviser in Gaza, told WND and WABC that he "hopes" Obama becomes president.

"We like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the elections," said Yousef. "I hope Mr. Obama and the Democrats will change the political discourse...”

Comparing Obama to JFK, Yousuf said “he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community, but not with humiliation and arrogance,

Obama has insisted he’s a strong supporter of the Jewish state, but he’s generally surrounded himself with individuals hostile to Israel. For example, he’s had a long, close relationship with Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi, a pro-Palestinian activist and sharp critic of Israel.

In an article in The Nation magazine, Khalidi described the “Palestinian question” as “a running sore” – a term that Obama later adapted for his own use. Khalidi’s piece calls Israel “a racist state” and accuses it of carrying out “ethnic cleansing.”

In The Nation piece, Khalidi argues – in WND’s words – that “Israel should be dissolved and instead a bi-national, cantonal system should be set up in which Jews and Arabs reside.”

Of Khalidi, Obama has said, “I have had conversations with him. . . [and] he vehemently disagrees with a lot of Israel’s policies.” In fact, Obama and Khalidi became close friends when both taught at the University of Chicago and lived near each other. The Obamas even babysat the Khalidi’s children.

Another anti-Israel figure close to Obama is Merrill McPeak, who serves as the Illinois Senator’s military adviser and national campaign co-chair. During a 2003 interview with the Oregonian newspaper, McPeak asserted that the Israeli-Palestinian problem has its origins in “New York City [and] Miami.”

He continued, “We have a large [Jewish] vote – [a] vote in favor of Israel. And no politician wants to run against it.” His point was that American Jews were the ones impeding a solution to the conflict.

Obama’s top Middle East adviser is Daniel Kurtzer, a former ambassador to Israel. He’s a man whose Obama connections deeply concern Israelis and their American friends.

As WND points out, Kurtzer “has been identified by Israeli leaders, including prime ministers, as biased against Israel and is notorious for urging extreme concessions from the Jewish state.”

About Kurtzer, former Prime Minister Yitzak Shamir said that he “frequently pressured Israel to make one-sided concessions to the Arabs. He constantly blamed Israel for the absence of Mideast peace.”

Shamir added that Kurtzer “paid little or no attention to the fact that the Palestinians were carrying out terrorist attacks and openly calling for the destruction of Israel.”

Regarding this key Obama adviser, the leading Jewish daily, Yediot Amitay, editorialized that “Possibly more than any other U.S. State Department official, Kurtzer has been instrumental in promoting the goals of the Palestinians . . . .”

If we know a man or woman by the company they keep, Obama certainly has some very dubious associations when it comes to Israel and the Middle East. He claims to be a friend of Israel, but he has surrounded himself with individuals whose views put the embattled Jewish state at risk.

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