A top adviser to Barack Obama said the US president-elect is monitoring Israel's intense air offensive again Gaza rocket squads and Hamas members but declined comment on the fresh Mideast crisis, deferring to the Bush administration.I think they've just spoken already, and implied what many predict - classic moral equivalence. Plus, what they say about being allies, I'm sorry, but I doubt he considers Israel that.
David Axelrod said Obama, vacationing in Hawaii, was in contact with US President George W. Bush and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice but that comment from him was not appropriate. More than 290 Palestinians have died in the first two days of the air campaign.
"President Bush speaks for the United States until Jan. 20 and we're going to honor that," Axelrod said Sunday.
Axelrod, a top presidential campaign official who is moving into Obama's White House inner circle, acknowledged that the United States has had a "special relationship" with Israel, calling it an "important bond, an important relationship."
Obama is "going to work closely with the Israelis. They're a great ally of ours, the most important ally in the region," Axelrod said. "And that is a fundamental principle from which he'll work. 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."
Monday, December 29, 2008
WHAT WILL OBAMA SAY WHEN HE THINKS THE TIME IS RIGHT?
The Jerusalem Post/AP Wire report that for now, Barack Obama is just "monitoring" the Gaza/Hamas situation: