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WBEZ: Local Reactions to President Obama’s Foreign Policy

By Jennifer Brandel

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Religious leaders in Chicago are reacting to President Barack Obama’s foreign policy speech on Thursday. Islamic and Jewish organizations in Chicago praised the speech overall, but disagreed over Mr. Obama’s tone toward Palestine and Israel.

Ahmed Rehab is the Executive Director of CAIR Chicago: the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He said the President sugar-coats the US demands on Israel. “Would you please do this, pretty please do that? That’s not the message the United States should have. We need to be a lot more courageous and bold and demanding of the right thing,” he said after the president’s speech.

Dan Elbaum is the Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee. He said Mr. Obama’s speech reaffirmed that America’s bond with Israel is unshakable, but that every American president has said that.

In response to the charge that Obama’s tone is more stern towards Palestine he said, “I don’t think the President is unsympathetic to the Palestinian cause. I don’t think the Jewish community or the Israelis are unsympathetic.”

President Obama is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Friday.

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One Response to “WBEZ: Local Reactions to President Obama’s Foreign Policy”

  1. Thomas Anderson says:

    As Salaamu Alaikum

    It should be a known fact throughtout America that, the Jewish Political Action Commitee is the strongest and biggest of the political action commitees in America! And that Isreal is just another arm of America in the Middle East. And that each American President is in line with whatever Isreal does in the middle east. We give Isreal money, weapons and technological assistance in return for them destablizing the middle east. And President Obama is no different from the rest. He is to carry on the agenda of those who have as their interest the further destablization of the middle east and the destruction of Islam as their goals. Anyone that thought that Mr Obama would be any different from the rest, because of his hue was and is sadly mistaken.

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