Obama Support For Israel Uncertain; Gaza Attacks Complicate Policy Making

George Bush and Condoleezza Rice failed.  Numerous heads of the United Nations have failed.  Palestinian and Arab leaders have failed.  Now maybe Barack Obama will inherit the Middle East peace process like many before him.

With less than a month until the inauguration, the U.S. president-elect could inherit a Middle East in international crisis  — and it will be his to fix or suffer through.

The death toll from a weekend of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza has topped 300, Palestinian medical sources said Monday.

Israel’s air assault began a third day amid wide ranging condemnation from the international community.

The United States has always been Israel’s number one ally: but with a new president to take office on January 20, 2009, new policy is being formulated in the U.S. that involves Israel now….

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The deaths of hundreds of Palestinians in Israel‘s deadliest-ever air assault on Hamas further complicate President-elect Barack Obama‘s challenge to achieve a Middle East peace — something that eluded both the Bush and Clinton administrations.

The Bush administration has blamed the renewed violence on the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, saying it broke a cease-fire by firing rockets and mortars deep into Israeli territory. The Arab world, however, has reacted with rage to the aggressive Israeli counterattacks, which have left at least 290 Palestinians dead and more than 600 wounded.

It’s unclear whether Obama will be as supportive of Israel as President George W. Bush has been.

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer

Fire burns late Sunday or early Monday in Gaza, where Israel has been bombing what it says are Hamas targets.

Fire burns late Sunday or early Monday in Gaza, where Israel has been bombing what it says are Hamas targets.

David Axelrod, senior adviser to Obama, chose his words carefully Sunday, saying the president-elect would honor the “important bond” between the United States and Israel.

“He wants to be a constructive force in helping to bring about the peace and security that both the Israelis and the Palestinians want and deserve,” Axelrod said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Obviously, this situation has become even more complicated in the last couple of days and weeks. As Hamas began its shelling, Israel responded. But it’s something that he’s committed to.”

Pressed about how much support Obama will offer Israel, Axelrod said: “He’s going to work closely with the Israelis. They’re a great ally of ours, the most important ally in the region. … But he will do so in a way that will promote the cause of peace, and work closely with the Israelis and the Palestinians on that — toward that objective.”

Israel had been carrying out its attack exclusively from the air, but the Israeli Cabinet has authorized the military to call up 6,500 reserve soldiers for a possible ground invasion.

“I’m not sure it’s a good idea,” Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “I mean, Israel certainly has the right to self-defense, of course. Hamas has not recognized Israel’s right to exist. … But I’m hopeful that as this transition comes, as we look to January, that strong presidential leadership can make a difference here.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/2008
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Related:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/me
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http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS
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One Response to “Obama Support For Israel Uncertain; Gaza Attacks Complicate Policy Making”

  1. The Intellectual Redneck Says:

    A boat load of lunatics tried to sail a private yacht into Gaza under the pretense of delivering medical supplies. They were turned back by the Israeli Navy. The boats collided during the encounter. However, the damage was light. Unfortunately, head Moonbat, former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, did not fall overboard during the encounter.

    Far-Left Hamas Supporters Coming to Gaza by Sea

    by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

    (IsraelNN.com) Free Gaza, a far-left organization offering support to the jihadist Hamas government in the Palestinian Authority, sent a ship on Monday to defy the Israeli sea blockade on Gaza. Despite the major IDF military operation underway, sixteen Free Gaza activists, including a former member of the US Congress, are on their way to the region.

    The ship, a yacht, left from Cyprus this evening carrying Free Gaza supporters from Britain, Australia, Ireland, Cyprus and Tunisia, as well as former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Free Gaza spokesmen told the press before they set off that their ship is carrying three and a half tons of medical supplies, including antibiotics. The yacht is the sixth of its kind sent to Gaza by the organization in four months.

    A Cypriot doctor on board the ship said that they are sending a message to PA residents that “they are not alone.” McKinney said that she intends to call on American President-elect Barack Obama to condemn Israel’s Operation “Cast Lead” against the jihadist regime in Gaza. Link here. The Intellectual Redneck

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