Obama To Israel–I’ll Negotiate For Peace

Senator Barack Obama emphasized in an interview with the Jerusalem Post his commitment to working for peace in the Middle East. He argued the emphasis should be on negotiation rather then empty rhetoric that only serves to inflame the Iranians and Palestinians. If negotiations fail to achieve clearly stated goals, he argued, and Iranians rail to respond, “we’ve stripped away whatever excuses they may have(and) whatever rationales may exist in the international community for not ratcheting up sanctions and taking serous action.” Obama told reporters there has been “strong rhetoric” without also offering peaceful resolutions of issues.

Senator Obama acknowledged Israel had the right to make its own decisions but hoped prior to initiating aggressive action every possible option for peace had been explored. He clarified previous comments about Jerusalem by emphasizing Israelis and Palestinians have to resolve the issue among themselves. He also made clear concerning West Bank settlements, Israel “should abide by previous agreements and commitments that have been made, and aggressive settlement construction would seem to violate the spirit, at least, f not the letter, of agreements that have been made previously.”

It is important for that Senator Obama made clear the dangers of aggressive West Bank settlement.