June 4th, 2007
07:58 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama: Israel must act ‘appropriately’ to defend itself

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

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
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  1. Jessica, Bourbonnais Illinois

    To be completely honest, I thought Sen. Obama went off topic quite a bit. There were times during this forum that for minutes at a time he wouldn't even refer to God or faith and then would say something about faith, almost as if to fit his agenda into the constraints of the forum to get his message across, while never really addressing fully the issue of God, faith and politics, as Edwards and Clinton did.

    June 4, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. Joanne Urish, Glasford, IL

    I believe Senator Obama was far superior than the other 2 candidates regarding the answers he gave to questions asked! It seems to me that Senator Clinton is "catered to" by the media, which is quite noticable...

    June 4, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. Gay, Japan

    I was curious why there weren't more direct religious questions ask of Obama. It was clear what religions Clinton and Edwards were but we missed out on Obama's faith.

    June 4, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  4. Bobby George Deer Park Texas

    In my opinion Hillary has to get her priority's right with her self and of course Politics is what she has made. When she relize's the true faith and receives Jesus Christ then only will her heart be right and not just for her self. Her priority's will change and her family will become # 1 and Politics second. Then and only then will you see the True Hillary act on the #1 priority which she knows to be most important to her than anything even Politics, not saying she could not still be in the race but most likely drop out and make her family be a real Family more than ever before.

    June 5, 2007 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  5. moderate, NYC, NY

    I think this is an encouraging sign from Obama. He has some sense of balance with regards to the Israeli-Palestine conflict. This is really a major issue for US foreign policy, and our support for only one side has caused a lot of anger at the US. We need to try to be honest brokers of peace and not just support one side and denounce the other.

    June 5, 2007 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  6. Angry American

    I Think it’s disgusting and decietful that CNN would post this as representitive of Obamas Faith , yet on the other candidates, they talk about their personal Faith in Christ as Christians. I guess you think you are being slick with that. Keep it up and you will look just like Fox News. Maybe that’s what you are aiming for. I know this won’t be posted because it makes CNN look racist considering the fact that they intentionally did not cover Obama talking about his Christian Faith, but instead posted a story about him talking about the Middle East like that’s his religion.

    June 5, 2007 06:42 am at 6:42 am |