Thursday, June 05, 2008

Palestinians slam Obama on Jerusalem remark


Jerusalem? ("?" because things change daily.)

File this under: OMG!!!1!! I didn't see this coming.
Palestinian leaders reacted with anger and dismay on Wednesday to Barack Obama's pledge that Jerusalem should be Israel's undivided capital.

President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the U.S. presidential candidate's pledge to American Jewish leaders [read panderng] and he repeated his demand for a Palestinian state with Arab East Jerusalem as its capital.

"This statement is totally rejected," Abbas told reporters in the West Bank administrative centre of Ramallah.

"The whole world knows that East Jerusalem, holy Jerusalem, was occupied in 1967 and we will not accept a Palestinian state without having Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state."

Abbas aide Saeb Erekat said Palestinian negotiators engaged in U.S.-sponsored peace talks would continue to insist on securing East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967, as their capital. He said of Obama: "He has closed all doors to peace."

Obama, newly secure as the Democratic nominee for president, said in a speech in Washington: "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided."

The United States and other international powers do not regard Jerusalem as Israel's capital -- the U.S. and other embassies are in Tel Aviv -- and do not recognise Israel's annexation of Arab East Jerusalem following the 1967 war.

Does this mean I might be somewhat critical of Obama should he become President even though I support Democrats?

Ya bet your sweet ass it does.

BTW, that link (Jerusalem?) under the graphic is to an unbelievable site with screens of links on the subject of the Israeli/Palestinian conflicts.

Note: Headline links to source.

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