Revealed: Barack Obama's Secret Position on Jerusalem
At the AIPAC convention this year Barack Obama told the crowd:
“Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”
Here’s the video of Obama making that promise at AIPAC.
Notice his clear delivery and the massive applause:
Less than 24 hours after Barack Obama promised AIPAC that he would never allow Jerusalem to be divided, he backtracked after pressure from the Palestinians!
No wonder Hamas endorsed him.
Yesterday, during his interview with Katie Couric, Barack Obama denied that he changed positions on an undivided Jerusalem.
The American Spectator reported:
Couric: You said not too long ago that Jerusalem should remain undivided. And then you backtracked on that statement. Does that play into the argument that some believe that someone more experienced would not have made that kind of mistake?
Obama: Well… if you look at what happened, there was no shift in policy or backtracking in policy. We just had phrased it poorly in the speech. That has happened and will happen to every politician. You’re not always gonna hit your mark in terms of how you phrase your policies. But my policy hasn’t changed, and it’s been very consistent. It’s the same policy that Bill Clinton has put forward, and that says that Jerusalem will be the capital of Israel, that we shouldn’t divide it by barbed wire, but that, ultimately that is … a final status issue that has to be resolved between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
Of course, this isn’t true. Barack Obama flipped on Jerusalem the minute he left the AIPAC convention.
But, what Obama revealed just yesterday is that he shares the same policy on Jerusalem as Bill Clinton.
So what was Bill Clinton’s position?
Jewish Virtual Library reported:
In 1990, Congress passed a resolution declaring that “Jerusalem is and should remain the capital of the State of Israel” and “must remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected.” During the 1992 Presidential campaign, Bill Clinton said: “I recognize Jerusalem as an undivided city, the eternal capital of Israel, and I believe in the principle of moving our embassy to Jerusalem.” He never reiterated this view as President; consequently, official U.S. policy remained that the status of Jerusalem is a matter for negotiations.
In an effort to change this policy, Congress overwhelmingly passed The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. This landmark bill declared that, as a statement of official U.S. policy, Jerusalem should be recognized as the undivided, eternal capital of Israel and required that the U.S. embassy in Israel be established in Jerusalem no later than May 1999.
The law also included a waiver that allowed the President to essentially ignore the legislation if he deemed doing so to be in the best interest of the United States. President Clinton exercised that option.
There you have it.
Bill Clinton had the option to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided, eternal capital of Israel. He didn’t.
And, that is Barack Obama’s position today.
(Well, that is what he says his position is today.)
It would be wise for Jewish voters and the people of Israel to understand this.
UPDATE: The Palestinians said today that they are happy with Obama’s position.