Thursday, June 5, 2008

Utterly predictable

Yeah, you could just hear the feathers ruffling around the world when Barack Obama said this in front of AIPAC yesterday.

"Any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel's identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognized and defensible borders," the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential pro-Israel lobbying group.

"Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided," Obama said.

Of course you knew he didn't mean what it sounded like he meant. No effing way. So it was only a matter of time.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama did not rule out Palestinian sovereignty over parts of Jerusalem when he called for Israel's capital to remain "undivided," his campaign told The Jerusalem Post Thursday.

"Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided," Obama declared Wednesday, to rousing applause from the 7,000-plus attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference.

But a campaign adviser clarified Thursday that Obama believes "Jerusalem is a final status issue, which means it has to be negotiated between the two parties" as part of "an agreement that they both can live with."

"Two principles should apply to any outcome," which the adviser gave as: "Jerusalem remains Israel's capital and it's not going to be divided by barbed wire and checkpoints as it was in 1948-1967."

He refused, however, to rule out other configurations, such as the city also serving as the capital of a Palestinian state or Palestinian sovereignty over Arab neighborhoods.

The messiah [sic] failed to reveal how such configurations could be effectuated without barbed wire and checkpoints (or, in the alternative, massive loss of Jewish life). But I'm sure he'll tell us when the time is right.

This is sometimes known as hedging your bets ... a/k/a having your waffle and eating it too. Nice try, Barack.