Eight Democratic presidential candidates met at South Carolina State University in the party’s first Presidential Debate. When asked who the United States’ top allies are, Senator Barack Obama said the European Union and Japan, but failed to mention Israel. (oops!)
The debate moderator – NBC News anchor Brian Williams – interrupted Obama, drawing his attention to the omission and quoting Obama as having once said (HERE), “No one suffers more than the Palestinians.” (ouch!)
Obama, explained that the Palestinians suffer because of their leadership. “I said that no one suffers more than the Palestinian people because of their leadership’s failure to recognize Israel, denounce violence and be serious about peace negotiations and regional security,” he said. (Not true. See original story!)
(Obama tries to fix a bad mess-up!) “Israel is one of our most important allies in the world. It is the only democracy in the Middle East,” Obama added.
He even noted that if he was elected, he intended to increase American involvement in the region. “The United States must be involved in the region, and that is what the current president failed to do, but it’s something I plan to do, Obama said. (Really? Mr. Obama, you seem to be forgetful. Perhaps you are unaware that President Bush’s administration has been more involved in the region; & given more funding to Israel that any US President in history!)