obama, clinton, and foreign policy in the middle east April 22, 2008Posted by KG in 2008 Elections, foreign policy, international, news, politics, religion, terrorism.
Tags: aipac, ann lewis, barack obama, caroline glick, hillary clinton, israel, j-street, jeremy ben-ami, mel levine
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Barack Obama’s been criticized as weak in support of Israel and not tough enough on Iran. Hillary Clinton’s talked about “massive retaliation” if Israel is attacked and an “umbrella of deterrence” all over the Middle East. We explore their differences and similarities on a crucial arena of foreign policy. Also, tomorrow’s Pennsylvania primary, and oil, gas—and waivers of environmental protections—in Wyoming’s open spaces.
Obama, Clinton and Foreign Policy in the Middle East
Barack Obama says Israel is ” America’s strongest ally in the Middle East,” but skeptics contend he’s soft on the Palestinians and not tough enough on Iran. Hillary Clinton promises “massive retaliation” if Israel’s ever attacked by Iran, and an “umbrella of deterrence” that would go beyond that. These and other differences have been used to suggest that Obama’s support of Israel is insufficient. Does Obama suffer from guilt by association with his church pastor and others? Who are the real advisors to his campaign? Does Clinton really support a two-state solution? What about a pre-emptive attack on Iran?
- Ann Lewis: Senior Advisor, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign
- Mel Levine: Advisor, Barak Obama’s presidential campaign
- Caroline Glick: Assistant Foreign Policy Adivsor, then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
- Jeremy Ben-Ami: Executive Director, J-Street