Sen. Barack Obama isn�t quite sure how he feels about the
lopsided situation between Israel and Palestine. Less than two weeks after
Obama gloated to AIPAC about his love for Israel, he unexpectedly admitted the
truth while campaigning in Iowa recently.
�[N]obody is suffering more than
the Palestinian people . . .� said Obama, �the Israel government must make
difficult concessions for the peace process to restart . . .�
The truth hurts indeed, and Obama
has been feeling the wrath of the pro-Israel activists since his statement last
Nonetheless, Obama shouldn�t be trusted on the issue. While
Rep. Dennis Kucinich hired avid pro-Palestine advocate Noura Erakat to sit on
the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Obama has been backpedaling --
assuring AIPAC and others that he is unwavering in his support for Israel�s
continued bullying of Iran and occupation of Palestine.
�[Iran] is a genuine threat� to the United States and
Israel, expressed Obama at a forum sponsored by AIPAC on March 12 in
Washington, D.C., only one day after his lucid remarks in Iowa. At the event
Obama also reiterated that he would not rule out the use of force in disarming
Iran, a position shared by the other leading Democratic presidential
contenders, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards.
Earlier this month on March 2, Obama spoke at an AIPAC
Policy Forum in Chicago where he clearly laid out his full stance on Israel,
promising he would not alter the U.S./Israeli relationship. �[W]e must preserve
our total commitment to our unique defense relationship with Israel by fully
funding military assistance and continuing work on the Arrow and related
missile defense programs,� he said. �This would help Israel maintain its
military edge and deter and repel attacks from as far as Tehran and as close as
So while Obama admits that Palestinians suffer more than
Israelis, he still won�t do a damn thing to balance out the asymmetrical
relationship. In fact, Obama has made it clear that U.S. taxpayers will
continue to foot the bill for Israel�s ever-growing arsenal of weapons and
missiles if he is indeed elected president in 2008.
In Obama�s March 2 speech, he even had the audacity to
declare that �we have to press for enforcement of U.N. Security Council
Resolution 1701, which demands the cessation of arms shipments to Hezbollah, a
resolution which Syria and Iran continue to disregard. Their support and
shipment of weapons to Hezbollah and Hamas, which threatens the peace and
security in the region, must end.�
If Obama is truly interested in invoking U.N. resolutions to
prop up his case for a military assault on Iran, we may as well note the some
65 resolutions the senator has blatantly ignored that condemn Israel�s actions
-- past and present -- including Resolution 242 which
calls for the withdraw of �Israeli armed forces from territories occupied�
during the Six-Day War of 1967.
Sen. Obama, despite his
acknowledgment of Palestinian suffering, has little to offer those who
recognize that lasting peace in the Middle East will only begin when the U.S.
radically alters its relationship with Israel. Continued funding of Israel�s
illegal occupation won�t end the violence -- it�ll only continue it.Joshua Frank is the author of Left
Out!: How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush and edits BrickBurner.org.