Posted by: Lipstick Piggy | October 15, 2008

Rev Jesse Jackson Reveals Obama’s Plan for Israel

At the first World Policy Forum, a conference on international relations, in France where a large section of the population are Muslim, Amir Taheri of The New York Post reported the following. 

PREPARE for a new America: That’s the message that the Rev. Jesse Jackson conveyed to participants in the first World Policy Forum, held at this French lakeside resort last week.

He promised “fundamental changes” in US foreign policy – saying America must “heal wounds” it has caused to other nations, revive its alliances and apologize for the “arrogance of the Bush administration.”

The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where “decades of putting Israel’s interests first” would end.

Jackson believes that, although “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” remain strong, they’ll lose great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House.

“Obama is about change,” Jackson told me in a wide-ranging conversation. “And the change that Obama promises is not limited to what we do in America itself. It is a change of the way America looks at the world and its place in it.”

Jackson warns that he isn’t an Obama confidant or adviser, “just a supporter.” But he adds that Obama has been “a neighbor or, better still, a member of the family.” Jackson’s son has been a close friend of Obama for years, and Jackson’s daughter went to school with Obama’s wife Michelle.

“We helped him start his career,” says Jackson. “And then we were always there to help him move ahead. He is the continuation of our struggle for justice not only for the black people but also for all those who have been wronged.”

Will Obama’s election close the chapter of black grievances linked to memories of slavery? The reverend takes a deep breath and waits a long time before responding.

“No, that chapter won’t be closed,” he says. “However, Obama’s victory will be a huge step in the direction we have wanted America to take for decades.”

Jackson rejects any suggestion that Obama was influenced by Marxist ideas in his youth. “I see no evidence of that,” he says. “Obama’s thirst for justice and equality is rooted in his black culture.”

But is Obama – who’s not a descendant of slaves – truly a typical American black?

Jackson emphatically answers yes: “You don’t need to be a descendant of slaves to experience the oppression, the suffocating injustice and the ugly racism that exists in our society,” he says. “Obama experienced the same environment as all American blacks did. It was nonsense to suggest that he was somehow not black enough to feel the pain.”

Is Jackson worried about the “Bradley effect” – that people may be telling pollsters they favor the black candidate, but won’t end up voting for him?

“I don’t think this is how things will turn out,” he says. “We have a collapsing economy and a war that we have lost in Iraq. In Afghanistan, we face a resurgent Taliban. New threats are looming in Pakistan. Our liberties have been trampled under feet . . . Today, most Americans want change, and know that only Barack can deliver what they want. Young Americans are especially determined to make sure that Obama wins.”

He sees a broad public loss of confidence in the nation’s institutions: “We have lost confidence in our president, our Congress, our banking system, our Wall Street and our legal system to protect our individual freedoms. . . I don’t see how we could regain confidence in all those institutions without a radical change of direction.”

Jackson declines to be more concrete about possible policy changes. After all, he insists, he isn’t part of Obama’s policy team. Yet he clearly hopes that his views, reflecting the position of many Democrats, would be reflected in the policies of an Obama administration.

On the economic front, he hopes for “major changes in our trading policy.”

“We cannot continue with the open-door policy,” he says. “We need to protect our manufacturing industry against unfair competition that destroys American jobs and creates ill-paid jobs abroad.”

Would that mean an abrogation of the NAFTA treaty with Canada and Mexico?

Jackson dismisses the question as “premature”: “We could do a great deal without such dramatic action.”

His most surprising position concerns Iraq. He passionately denounces the toppling of Saddam Hussein as “an illegal and unjust act.” But he’s now sure that the United States “will have to remain in Iraq for a very long time.”

What of Obama’s promise to withdraw by 2010? Jackson believes that position will have to evolve, reflecting “realities on the ground.”

“We should work with our allies in Iraq to consolidate democratic institutions there,” he says. “We must help the people of Iraq decide and shape their future in accordance with their own culture and faith.”

On Iran, he strongly supports Obama’s idea of opening a direct dialogue with the leadership in Tehran. “We’ve got to talk to tell them what we want and hear what they want,” Jackson says. “Nothing is gained by not talking to others.”

Would that mean ignoring the four UN Security Council resolutions that demand an end to Iran’s uranium-enrichment program? Jackson says direct talks wouldn’t start without preparations.

“Barack wants an aggressive and dynamic diplomacy,” he says. “He also wants adequate preparatory work. We must enter the talks after the ground has been prepared,” he says.

Jackson is especially critical of President Bush’s approach to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

“Bush was so afraid of a snafu and of upsetting Israel that he gave the whole thing a miss,” Jackson says. “Barack will change that,” because, as long as the Palestinians haven’t seen justice, the Middle East will “remain a source of danger to us all.”

“Barack is determined to repair our relations with the world of Islam and Muslims,” Jackson says. “Thanks to his background and ecumenical approach, he knows how Muslims feel while remaining committed to his own faith.”

 

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has condemned the statement as follows:

“Rev. Jackson’s remarks, which appeared in an interview with the journalist Amir Taheri in today’s New York Post, echo classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish power,” said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris. “This statement, regrettably, is not the first troubling comment by Rev. Jackson regarding Israel, Zionism and the Jewish people.”

 

“As poll after poll has revealed, over a span of decades, the United States is deeply committed to Israel because the vast majority of Americans, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, identify with Israel as a proven friend and ally,” said Harris. “It is this commonality of shared values and shared interests, and not Jackson’s conspiratorial notions of power, that unite Israel and America.”

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Responses

  1. I thought Jesse Jackson was missing, or was that Al Sharpton? Both nuts and both anti-semites I believe.

    It’s scary how many people are still going to vote for Barack Obama.

    mariestacey.wordpress.com

    Keep up the good work. I like your picture.

  2. It is scary. I wonder why Jews would support Obama at all? From his politicial statements in Kenya, to his historical record, to his PLO associations — none of it speaks to support for Israel. The only times he comes out for Israel is when he is running for office and needs their vote. very troubling. thanks for the support. Usually the paid Obamabots are the people that post comments here.

  3. You might also find it interesting that when I was doing the archive research on Acorn, Ayers, and Chicago’s New Party, that Rev Jesse Jackson is also involved with the New Party and ACORN. His visits, speeches, works are well documented in their news letters the New Ground.

  4. The worst thing is that I know a lot of Jews that are supporting him. Have you heard Mark Levin though? He’s not. I’m trying my best to talk them out of it, but sometimes it’s like hitting a brick wall with these people. No sense, no reasoning, just BLIND followers.

    If I can ‘subscribe’ to your blog, I will because I can tell we have the same attitude about this Election. We need allies…it’s discouraging to only hear the radical left preach on this blog. I’ve only been on for a few days.

    Another thing: are you talking to people who actually support socialism around you? I’m hearing more support for socialism than I ever have in this country. We need to beat it back lol.

  5. I’m not surprised Jackson is involved. They just can’t help themselves from getting involved in all this crap. It sucks them in.

    I mean, really, WHY would Barack Obama associate with a known domestic terrorist when he thought he was going to be running for President? Is he stupid or are the drones stupid? I think both.

  6. I have many Jewish friends and we have had serious disagreements about Obama. I wonder when they will realize they have been duped… when Obama sits down with Iran (who has said their precondition is US abandon Israel)?

    So did some more searching on the World Policy Conference and guess who was a plenary speaker? LOL Mr. Raila Amolo Odinga – Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya (obama’s cousin). Jesse Jackson was a speaker in the workshop, United States: what does the world expect from the “indispensable nation”

    I wonder how they got invited to this thing…. maybe their friend Sen obama suggested it. hmmmm…. Lots of Islamic Studies types in the group. So World Policy Conference must really be – Islamic Domination of the World.

  7. What’s next? Barack Obama publicly embraces Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’? But why would he even need to do it publicly, Alinsky’s son has already jumped the bandwagon and praised Barack Obama’s power struggle.

    The attacks on Palin are getting more and more vicious by the day. That must mean she’s doing a damn good job.

    How many more radical Islamic ties will we see before November 4? Want to make a bet? lol.

  8. mullah cimoc say fat, corrupt pig name jesse jackson finally say one true. but him still fat and corruption pig.

    now time for ameriki care about ameriki, to deport or to prison it neocon spies in white house, pentagon and usa media.

    who am william kristol? Am it israeli agent? Why him magazine never to make profit but just to happpy rupert murdoch. am murdoch israeli neocon agent? for to answer this question ameriki need google: +”Robert Maxwell” +mossad

    dumb ameriki keep the stupid by usa media. for this nobody of ameriki know maxwell him first rupert murdoch.

    now ameriki suffer so much and to future suffer because lose soul, become feminize, not man now just sissy. him son the gay homosexual and fag, it daughtrer slut take LBT (low back tattoo), wife to lesbian hate man not to cook any more. this the punish for feminize amriki mans.

  9. If you are from UT — how come your English is so bad?

  10. I firmly believe that post is not in English.

    Why don’t people learn to speak our language before they try to lecture us on our government?

    I’ve got some drones on my blog too. Check out the newest article on McCain’s passion.

  11. Why don’t you give us the url of your blog?

  12. mariestacey.wordpress.com

    Lol, I’d love any positive comments. For some reason, insulting McCain’s military experience is the new fad of the left.

    It just incites me every time.

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