Friday, June 6, 2008


AFP Democratic White House candidate Barack Obama on Thursday defended his remarks that Jerusalem should not be divided under any Israeli-Palestinian peace pact, saying a divided city would be "very difficult to execute."

A day after sparking outrage among Palestinians when he told a Jewish group that Jerusalem must remain the "undivided" capital of Israel, Obama told CNN that the issue is still up to the two sides.

"Obviously it's going to be up to the parties to negotiate a range of these issues. And Jerusalem will be part of those negotiations."

However, he said, "My belief is that as a practical matter it would be very difficult to execute.

"And I think that it is smart for us to work through a system in which everybody has access to the extraordinary religious sites in old Jerusalem."

But, he added, "Israel has a legitimate claim on that city."

On Wednesday Obama pledged to a meeting of the powerful Washington lobby American Israel Public Affairs Committee his "unshakeable commitment to Israel's security" if he is elected president in November, and insisted that Jerusalem should stay an undivided Israeli city.

Leading Palestinians including president Mahmud Abbas condemned the remarks.

"Jerusalem is one of the files under negotiation. The entire world knows perfectly well that we will never accept a state without (east) Jerusalem (as its capital). That should be clear," Abbas said.


At June 6, 2008 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Obama is just as willing to ignore international law and the United Nations as Bush is...

UN Resolution 250: " . . . 'calls' on Israel to refrain from holding military parade in Jerusalem".
UN Resolution 251: " . . . 'deeply deplores' Israeli military parade in Jerusalem in defiance of Resolution 250".
UN Resolution 252: " . . . 'declares invalid' Israel's acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital".
UN Resolution 267: " . . . 'censures' Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem".
UN Resolution 271: " . . . 'condemns' Israel's failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem".
UN Resolution 298: " . . . 'deplores' Israel's changing of the status of Jerusalem".
UN Resolution 476: " . . . 'reiterates' that Israel's claim to Jerusalem are 'null and void'".
UN Resolution 478: " . . . 'censures (Israel) in the strongest terms' for its claim to Jerusalem in its 'Basic Law'"

At June 7, 2008 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps he should change his name to "Status Quobama".


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