Obama: I will never waver from supporting Israel
Fri, 29 Jan 2010 00:02:49 GMT
Although US President Barack Obama vaguely acknowledged Israel as the cause of Palestinian "plight," he affirmed that he will never waver from support for Tel Aviv.
Obama made the remarks in a speech to a crowd in a gymnasium in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday when he was asked about his policy on Israel.
Here's my view: Israel is one of our strongest allies. It is a vibrant democracy. It shares links with us in all sorts of ways. It is critical for us, and I will never waver from Israel's security." Obama said.
Obama referred to Israel as a "vibrant democracy," while Israel does not even have a constitution, "since the Constituent Assembly and the first Knesset were unable to put a constitution together," reads a statement on the Israeli Parliament (Knesset)'s website.
Furthermore, Israel does not have a bill of rights and has a history of legislating unequal civil rights, privileges and access to public funds. And its pursuit of a so-called "Jewish State" is an apparent discrimination against the non-Jewish.
Obama, however, went on to say that "the plight of the Palestinians is something that we have to pay attention to."
He said it was not good for the security of the US and Israel if millions of Palestinians feel hopeless.
His comments were a vague reference to numerous violations of human rights and international law by Israeli forces against Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
About 1.5 million Palestinians are suffering from a grave humanitarian crisis as a result of an Israeli-imposed blockade on the Gaza Strip, which has been in place since 2007.
This is while in West Bank, Palestinians are constantly being kidnapped during overnight raids conducted by Israeli troops.
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