This piece from the JTA illustrates why many Israelis do not look forward to Obama coming into office. It appears to me from the way this is read that Obama’s stance is significantly different than Bush’s. I’m also put off by his inability to speak his mind. I’ve heard he’s very careful about the things he says in order not to alienate supporters.
Taking a stand on this issue is not a popularity contest. I’ll bet Obama is a yes-man.
Read what Bush said and record it somewhere. I don’t believe Jews and Israel will receive this kind of support from Obama…
WASHINGTON JTA – Barack Obama continued to decline comment on the situation in the Gaza Strip.
“There are delicate negotiations taking place right now and you cant have two voices coming out of the United States state [sic] when you have so much at stake,” the president-elect said at a news conference on Monday.
Obama referred to efforts by the outgoing Bush administration to bring about a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas terrorists currently at war in Gaza.
Bush, for his part, repeated his red line for a cease-fire: an end to rocket attacks on Israels south.
“All of us, of course, would like to see violence stopped — but not at the expense of an agreement that does not prevent the crisis from happening again,” Bush said at the White House. “I know people are saying lets have that cease-fire, and those are noble ambitions. But any cease-fire must have the conditions in it so that Hamas does not use Gaza as a place from which to launch rockets.”