Today, Eric Fingergut of the JTA wrote a piece titled, "Attacking Obama for having the same position as McCain." In this article Eric details how the attacks of Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) seem to miss the fact that their own candidate, Senator John McCain, holds virtually the same position as the candidate they attack, Senator Barack Obama. Take a look at the excerpt below. The ignorance of Giuliani and the RJC of their own candidate's position on the important issue of Jerusalem is quite remarkable.
McCain was asked for his thoughts on Jerusalem. After criticizing the Democrat for changing his mind, he said, “The point is Jerusalem is undivided … Jerusalem is the capital.” McCain then qualified his comments by emphasizing that regardless of his position, the status of the city is still subject to negotiation. “The subject of Jerusalem itself will be addressed in negotiations by the Israeli government and people,” he said.
One candidate says “Jerusalem will be a part of … negotiations.” Another candidate says “Jerusalem … will be addressed in negotiations.” Sounds remarkably similar — but not to Republicans.
Wednesday night in his keynote speech, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told the crowd in St. Paul, “When speaking to a pro-Israel group, Obama favored an undivided Jerusalem, like I favor and John McCain favors. Well, he favored an undivided Jerusalem — don’t get too excited — for one day until he changed his mind.” He didn’t add “to the same position John McCain actually has taken.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Republican Jewish Coalition Matt Brooks also criticized Obama for changing his mind on Jerusalem, but when asked whether the candidates’ position on the division of Jerusalem were identical, said he didn’t think so but would check it out.
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