(IsraelNN.com) As U.S. President, Democratic candidate Barack Obama would fundamentally change American policy in the Middle East and keep “Zionists” from controlling it, civil rights activist and Baptist minister Jesse Jackson was quoted as saying Tuesday. The quote appears in an article written in the New York Post by Amir Taheri, who spoke with Jackson in Evian, France, where Jackson participated in the World Policy Forum.
Above: “Mister Happy” The Rev. Jesse Jackson listens to a Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, news conference after a meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2008.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Jackson said that the most important change in the U.S. administration’s policy under Barack Obama would occur in the Middle East, where “decades of putting Israel’s interests first” – as Jackson is quoted – would end. Obama’s campaign responded to Jackson’s statements Tuesday by stressing that “Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is not an adviser to the Obama campaign and is therefore in no position to interpret or share Barack Obama’s views on Israel and foreign policy.”
Jesse Jackson was also quoted as saying he and Barack Obama were family members together….
NEW YORK, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has condemned the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s statement about “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades.”
“Rev. Jackson’s remarks, which appeared in an interview with the journalist Amir Taheri in today’s New York Post, echo classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish power,” said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris. “This statement, regrettably, is not the first troubling comment by Rev. Jackson regarding Israel, Zionism and the Jewish people.”
“As poll after poll has revealed, over a span of decades, the United States is deeply committed to Israel because the vast majority of Americans, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, identify with Israel as a proven friend and ally,” said Harris. “It is this commonality of shared values and shared interests, and not Jackson’s conspiratorial notions of power, that unite Israel and America.”
Rev. Jackson made his remark at a conference on international relations in France last week.
Arguing as a private citizen that an Obama administration could bring significant change to U.S. foreign policy, Jackson was quoted as saying that “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” would lose much of their influence should Senator Obama be elected president.
Harris expressed AJC’s appreciation that the Obama presidential campaign was quick to reject Jackson’s comments and reaffirm the senator’s “unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.”
AJC is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) organization that does not endorse or oppose candidates for office.
SOURCE American Jewish Committee