US Republican presidential candidate John McCain's top foreign policy adviser on Wednesday said that recent remarks by controversial preacher Jesse Jackson provide further evidence that voting for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama would be bad for Israel.
Speaking at the first World Policy Forum in France this week, Jackson was quoted by The New York Post as saying that if Obama wins the election, the "Zionists" he claims currently control US foreign policy will lose a tremendous amount of clout in Washington.
In a statement released to the press, McCain's foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann said that despite Obama's efforts to distance himself from Jackson's remarks, "it should not surprise anyone that Obama's supporters see what others, from the terrorist group Hamas to Iranian President Ahmadinejad, have seen: an Obama presidency would bring real change to America's policy of support for Israel."
Scheunemann noted that along the campaign trail Obama has consistently negated strong statements of support for Israel with expressions of understanding for groups and regimes dedicated to the Jewish state's destruction.
Said Scheunemann: "Barack Obama has claimed that nobody has suffered more than the Palestinians, praised a former spokesman of a Palestinian terrorist group for reminding him of his own 'blind spots' and 'biases,' and told the New York Times that Hamas and Hizballah have 'legitimate claims.'"
Obama also wants to hold unconditional talks with Ahmadinejad.
Obama's positions have resulted in official endorsements by Hamas and Hizballah.