Obama refuses to be pulled into Gaza debate

Monday, December 29, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

A spokesman for US President-elect Barack Obama on Sunday refused to comment on Israel's massive aerial assault against Gaza's terrorist infrastructure.

David Axelrod, one of Obama's top advisors, repeated during a series of interviews that it would be wrong for the president-elect to make position statements regarding the situation in Gaza while President George W. Bush is still in office.

"President Bush speaks for the United States until Jan. 20 and we're going to honor that," said Axelrod.

Obama has been receiving regular briefings regarding an array of issues in the Middle East since being elected on November 4. He is reported to have personally discussed the situation in Gaza with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Rice and White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe signaled on Saturday evening that the Bush Administration fully supports Israel's use of overwhelming military force to defend its citizens against Hamas aggression.

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