Ali Abunimah on Barack Obama and Israel
What was left unsaid on this short News clip?
by Ali Abunimah The Electronic Intifada, 4 March 2007
"How Obama learned to love Israel"
"...Over the years since I first saw Obama speak I met him about half a dozen times, often at Palestinian and Arab-American community events in Chicago including a May 1998 community fundraiser at which Edward Said was the keynote speaker. In 2000, when Obama unsuccessfully ran for Congress I heard him speak at a campaign fundraiser hosted by a University of Chicago professor. On that occasion and others Obama was forthright in his criticism of US policy and his call for an even-handed approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat he now occupies. But at that time polls showed him trailing.
As he came in from the cold and took off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and volunteered, "Hey, I'm sorry I haven't said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I'm hoping when things calm down I can be more up front." He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and US policy, "Keep up the good work!"
It is just such disengenious sneaky character that causes both sides of the Palestine Israeli communities to question and distrust Obama's verbalized policies. On one day he is for Israel support when addressing the jewish community, the next day he's for backing off of his statements with "uh, um, what I meant was..." in reponse to outraged Arab communities. He has even got Gadaffi in an agitated state.
Barack Knows that he simply cannot be 'up front' and get elected.
It's probably at times like this that Obama' wishes he could conduct his speeches in secret - or at least send ambassadors of sneak-speak off to places like Canada with a 'wink and a nod' NAFTA style.
SHhhhhh! We have to say this now - but we'll talk 'up front' after the elections.
This is an immature, manipulating, dishonest, and dangerous man.
The untrustworthy character flaws just keep surfacing.
The two-faces of Obama is also why Israel can't chance an Obama Presidency and is conducting those practice bomber missions against Iran right now.
The Obama turmoil is showing dire consequences, in Party, Country, and the World.
One thing we can probably be sure of is that when things calm down Obama can probably be more up front...unless he has to take a side on an issue!