Obama on Israel and Arizona
Pro-Israel Highlights of Barack Obama Speech for AIPAC, 4 June 2008:
We know that the establishment of Israel was just and necessary, rooted in centuries of struggle, and decades of patient work. But sixty years later we know that we cannot relent, we cannot yield, and as president I will never compromise when it comes to Israel's security.
Now let me be clear. Israel's security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable.
Any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel's identity as a jewish state, with secure, recognized, defensible borders.Obama on Arizona: Presidents don't do boycotts, 27 May 2010:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama says the decision to boycott Arizona over its tough new law cracking down on immigration is for private citizens to decide, not the president of the United States.Obama would make a great president of Israel, but he's a terrible president for my people. I want a president who serves my people and defends our states the way Obama talks about serving jews and Israel.
Speaking at a White House news conference, Obama said he doesn't approve or oppose the boycotts that some cities and groups have called for in response to the Arizona law, which makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally.
Obama reaffirmed his oppposition to the law, saying it's the wrong approach. He has asked the Justice Department to review the law to determine whether it violates civil liberties.