Mr. Obama, how low can you bow before Israel?

William Cohen wrote an editorial in the New York times here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/11/opinion/l11cohen.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

where he addressed the question of how good of a friend Obama is to Israel.  Now, I just want to make a simple point here.  Does anyone notice that we require no presidential candidate to be the friend of Belarus?  or Sweden?  or Zimbabwe?  or more importantly, of Palestine?  Why does the litmus test for becoming President include how low you can bow before Israel? 

Cohen points out that Obama has been a good candidate and has been sufficiently humble before the Israeli lobby:

“The Security Council should clearly and unequivocally condemn the rocket attacks against Israel, and should make clear that Israel has a right to defend itself against such actions,” Obama wrote to Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Otherwise, he declared, it should not speak at all.

According to Cohen, Obama’s, “Jewish credentials are under scrutiny.” 

According to Cohen:

Such worries have surfaced in Israel, where Danny Ayalon, a former ambassador to the United States, has described Obama’s candidacy as cause for “concern.”

Why is Obama’s candidacy a cause for concern?  Because he has once mentioned the sufferring of Palestinians which is unmentionable among Zionists, and because Israel is afraid he won’t have the balls to murder people in Iran. 

Isn’t it about time we changed the litmus test?

Update:  6/4/08:  From the Nader/Gonzalez campaign today a bunch of excellent questions for Obama:

… listen to Barack Obama’s speech from this morning to the militarist and right-wing American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Did Obama make one mention of the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza’s 1.5 million people and the UN-documented resulting humanitarian disaster there?

He did not.

Instead, Obama talked about “a Gaza controlled by Hamas with rockets raining down on Israel.”

Did Obama mention U.S. government supplied Israeli firepower resulting in Palestinian civilian casualties in Gaza at a ratio of 400 to 1 (Palestinian to Israeli)

He did not.

Many peace loving Israelis and Jewish Americans will be disgusted by Obama’s speech today.

Like the editor at the Israeli newspaper Haaretz who wrote that the Israeli government has “lost its reason” through the brutal incarceration, devastation and deprivation of the innocent people in Gaza.

Obama told AIPAC today that “we must isolate Hamas.” (In its current form.)

Did he mention that a March 2008 Haaretz poll showed that 64 percent of the Israeli people want direct negotiations for peace between Israel and Hamas, while only 28% oppose it?

He did not.

Instead, Obama said this morning that “Egypt must cut off the smuggling of weapons into Gaza.”

Did he say that Israel must stop bombing the people of Gaza?

He did not.

Obama this morning told AIPAC that “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”

Did Obama mention that this pledge undermines the widespread international consensus two-state solution peace plan?

He did not.

So, in a nutshell:

In this critical election year, Nader/Gonzalez stands on these issues with the majority of Israelis, Palestinians, Jewish-Americans and Arab Americans.

Obama/McCain stand with the hard-line minority position of AIPAC.

Well Mr. Obama, what do you say?

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