WASHINGTON (CNN) – When asked whether the Palestinians are being treated morally, fairly, and justly by the Israelis, White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, told an audience at George Washington University: “There have been times when there’s no doubt that Palestinians have been placed in situations that we wouldn’t want our own families to be placed in.” The answer came in response to a question by CNN moderator Soledad O’Brien at Monday’s Faith and Politics Forum.
“I believe the Israelis want peace and they want security,” he said. “They’ve got bombs flying into their territories right now,” said Obama. “And we would expect them to act appropriately in defending themselves.”
He went on to say that the Palestinians and Israelis are far from reconciliation right now, saying that’s where faith comes in. “Faith can say forgive someone who has treated us unjustly,” he said.
–CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai