Obama, Jerusalem and A Change We Can (Really) Believe In
“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.” source
So, now I can move on and be a content Obama supporter because unlike others, who will remain nameless 😉 – I see a candidate who really can bring about the change we need. There was no reason to go back on the Jerusalem statement – sticking by it had it’s own benefits – and I’m just going to cut and paste a recent comment from my original post which explains:
Even if it was a slip up (which I don’t think it was) he’s not going to be making statements that he meant to say something else. Those who back him are making the “well, he’s got to be able to get there to make change” while McCain is not going to be making an issue of this because to do so is going to damage his credibility with the AIPAC crowd and the other folk that are waiting for Jesus to come back – okay maybe not the doctor up there but he’d probably divide up that crowd on the issue.
Obama managed four things with this yesterday:
1. He discredited McCain’s attacks on Obama’s diplomacy policy.
2. He showed his allegiance to Israel – above and beyond what even McCain and Bush have been touting.
3. He got Hamas to disown him – lol.
and the fourth is something he either didn’t consider or thought was sacrificable –
4. He lost some voters who otherwise were undecided – who liked what Obama stood for but now see him as just another politician.
but actually there is a fifth which possibly makes the number 4 point a wash
5. He gained some republican supporters.