David Horowitz, Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post, interviewed Senator Barack Obama during his visit to Israel. Hororwitz wrote that Obama did not need the confirmation of his nearby aides and “knew precisely what he wanted to say about the most intricate issues confronting and concerning Israel, and expressed himself clearly, even stridently on key subjects.”
The interview mirrored Obama’s trip to Israel, short and attempted to cover every controversial political issue. Obama and Horowitz’s Q&A session began with Iran and the threat of nuclear weapons moved on to Jerusalem as the capital and ended with a discussion on Islamic extremism. When asked what he would do to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons, Obama said, “What I can do is assure that I will do everything in my power as president to prevent Iran attaining nuclear weapons. And I think that begins with engaging in tough, direct talks with Iran.”
Throughout the rest of the interview, Obama continued to offer strong support for Israel by saying that “Israelis, and Israelis alone have to make decisions about their own security.” It is more than evident after Obama’s trip to Israel that he means business with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the threat of a nuclear Iran.