Obama: Israel's Security Is Sacrosanct

Candidate shores up Jewish support with post-primary speech
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2008 11:52 AM CDT
Barack Obama right, is embraced by American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) board member Lee Rosenberg as he arrives to speak at the AIPAC Policy Conference 2008, Wednesday, June 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Less than 24 hours after securing the Dem nomination, Barack Obama moved to shore up his support among Jewish voters this morning, pledging before a pro-Israel lobby his unequivocal support of Israel. “Those who threaten Israel threaten us,” he told the AIPAC. “I will never compromise when it comes to Israeli security.” He promised to send more weapons to Israel, and to work more aggressively towards peace than his predecessor.

“I won’t wait until the waning days of my presidency,” he added, a jab at President Bush’s zero-hour peace push. He said he favored “tough diplomacy” with Iran, arguing that the war in Iraq had made the rogue state stronger. He also made light of smear emails being circulated about him: “Let me know if you see this guy named Barack Obama,” he said, “because he sounds pretty scary.”