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So Obama has come out very pro-Israel. This is a good first start. Based on the recent rumours tying Obama to a Palestinian "activist", Obama has made his intentions clear. Does this change your perception of him?
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/04/us/politics/04text-obama-aipac.html?pagewanted=4&_r=1&sq=aipac&st=nyt&scp=3Now, let me be clear: Israel's security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable.
The Palestinians need a state -- the Palestinians need a state that is contiguous and cohesive and that allows them to prosper. But any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel's identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognized, defensible borders.
And Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.
I have no illusions that any of this will be easy. It will require difficult decisions on both sides. But Israel is strong enough to achieve peace, if it has partners who are committed to the goal.
Most Israelis and Palestinians want peace, and we must strengthen their hand. The United States must be a strong and consistent partner in this process, not to force concessions, but to help committed partners avoid stalemate and the kind of vacuums that are filled by violence.
And that's what I commit to do as president of the United States.
The threats to Israel start close to home, but they do not end there. Syria continues its support for terror and meddling in Lebanon, and Syria has taken dangerous steps in pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, which is why Israeli action was entirely justified to end that threat.
I also believe that the United States has a responsibility to support Israel's effort to renew peace talks with the Syrians. We must never force Israel to the negotiating table...
... but neither should we ever block negotiations when Israelis' leaders decide that they may serve Israeli interests.
As president, I will do whatever I can to help Israel succeed in these negotiations