Obama to Haaretz: U.S. must help protect Israel

U.S. Senator Barack Obama (Illinois), who is competing for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, told Haaretz yesterday that the United States should help protect Israel from its sworn enemies.

Obama intends to present his policy regarding Israel soon, and his staff has been drafting a speech.

“My view is that the United States’ special relationship with Israel obligates us to be helpful to them in the search for credible partners with whom they can make peace, while also supporting Israel in defending itself against enemies sworn to its destruction,” Obamas said.

At the same time, we must help Israel defend itself against those enemies that have sworn to destroy it,” he said.

Obama is the first black candidate with a real chance at the Democratic nomination and election.

In his speech he intends to remove any doubts the Democratic Party’s donors and constituents, many of whom are Jewish, may have about his support for Israel in his speech. “Israelis want more than anything to live in peace with their neighbors, but Israel also has real – and very dangerous – enemies,” he said.