Controversial US religious figure Jesse Jackson on Tuesday told the first World Policy Forum in France that if elected president, Barack Obama will throw off the shackles of what he called "Zionist" control of American policy.
In remarks carried by The New York Post, Jackson claimed that powerful "Zionists" and "Zionist" lobbies have for decades forced consecutive US governments to "put Israel's interests first" when forming policy regarding the Middle East.
If Obama wins the presidential election in November, Jackson is certain that the "Zionists" will lose a tremendous amount of clout in Washington.
Unlike President George W. Bush, Obama will actually force Israel to surrender its biblical heartland for the creation of a Palestinian Arab state, the current absence of which Jackson is adamant lies at the root of all other regional problems.
The Obama campaign immediately tried to distance itself from Jackson's remarks by issuing a statement pointing out that the outspoken preacher "is not an adviser to the Obama campaign and is therefore in no position to interpret or share Barack Obama's views on Israel and foreign policy."
During a campaign stop to speak with Jewish leaders in Cleveland in February, Obama rejected the pro-Land of Israel sentiment - what many would term as "Zionism" - espoused by many of Israel's supporters in the US.
Obama insisted that backing the Jews' biblical, historical and legal claims to disputed territories "can't be the measure of our friendship with Israel."
Nor can supporting the view that only by defeating its Islamic foes can Israel enjoy any semblence of peace and security, continued Obama, who at the time was fighting to win the Democrat Party nomination for president.
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