Sunday, November 30, 2008

It's Safe, Obama won't abandon Israel

Nov 9, 2008

For the first time in its history, the United States chose a black president.

It's been 13 years since the murder of Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin by an extremist Jewish citizen.

When the celebrations over Obama's victory die down, Barack Obama's welfare should be particularly important. America too has extremists who refused to accept the fate of the elector's choice.

If we go by the rule that a president's choice of advisers define his policies, then it's safe to say that President Elect Obama will not abandon Israel. His choice of Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, senior advisor, Daniel Kurtzer and strategic advisor, Dan Shapiro are all strong Jewish supporters of Israel, promoters of peace with the Palestinians, and believes that the future of Israel as a homeland of the Jewish people depends on the establishment of a Palestinian state.

At the White House, there is already a path to follow for President elect Obama in the Oval office. A two state solution, the road map to peace, and a commitment to freeze settlements in the West Bank. These are plans that outgoing President George Bush and former President Bill Clinton were all a part of.

I think it is safe to say, there is no reason for Israel to fear President Elect Barack Obama. I feel that President Elect Obama is good for Israel, that he will support Israel's right to exist within secure and recognized boundaries.

The United States friendship with Israel is longstanding and enduring.

The election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States is the right message, at the right time, and can start a movement to change the world.

Linda Crawford

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