Posts Tagged: Israel Results 6
Israel has”ceased to exist as a campaign issue” at the moment in this year’s presidential contest, but that doesn’t mean it’s irrelevant.
In fact, writing in Haaretz, Bradley Burston notes Israel’s influence on the election could be one military strike, one peace deal or one terrorist strike away.
Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who bucked the Democratic Party and endorsed President Bush over Democrat John Kerry in 2004, has no regrets about that decision. Kerry did not fully understood the need to support Israel at the time, he says.
“That is not an issue in this election,” Koch writes in a statement today. “Both parties and their candidates have made clear, before and during this election campaign their understanding of the need to support Israel and oppose acts of terrorism waged against it by Hamas and other Muslim supporters of terrorism.”
In a position paper released to JTA today, Hillary Clinton affirms her belief in Israel’s right to exist with an undivided Jersalem as its capital.
Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota is among a congressional delegation visiting Israel this week with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. The eighteen-member group, which is almost all freshmen, also includes Jewish congressmen Paul Hodes, John Yarmuth and Steve Cohen.
My colleague Nathan Guttman is in Israel now and will have a story up this week about all the politicking going on in the Holy Land.
When the three leading Democratic presidential contenders got together for a faith and politics forum this past Monday night, it was Illinois Senator Barack Obama who once again fielded a bonus round question about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Asked whether the Palestinians are being treated morally, fairly, and justly by the Israelis, Obama told the audience at George Washington University: “There have been times when there’s no doubt that Palestinians have been placed in situations that we wouldn’t want our own families to be placed in.”