Obama: Goof on 'Undivided' Jerusalem

Democrat laments 'poor phrasing' in controversial speech
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 14, 2008 4:35 PM CDT
A section of Israel's separation barrier is reflected in a taxi's windshield as a Palestinian girl looks through in the West Bank town of Aram, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, Thursday, June 5, 2008.    (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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(Newser) – Amid continuing controversy over his comment that Jerusalem “must remain” the undivided capital of Israel, Barack Obama clarified his words, calling them “poor phrasing,” Reuters reports. “The point we were simply making is that we don't want barbed wire running through Jerusalem,” he said on CNN. Though the US officially recognized the city as Israel’s capital in 1995, it remains the subject of international disagreement.