October 14, 2008
The Rev. Jesse Jackson has said the United States will rid itself of years of “Zionist” control under an administration headed by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
The New York Post quoted the veteran civil rights leader on Tuesday as having said that although “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” remain strong, they will lose a much of their clout when Obama enters the White House.
Speaking at the first World Policy Forum event in Evian, France, Jackson promised “fundamental changes” in U.S. foreign policy. He said the most important change would occur in the Middle East, where “decades of putting Israel’s interests first” would end.
Jackson said that Obama “wants an aggressive and dynamic diplomacy.” He went on to criticize the Bush administration’s handling of Middle East diplomacy, telling the Post, “Bush was so afraid of a snafu and of upsetting Israel that he gave the whole thing a miss. Barack will change that,” because, as long as the Palestinians haven’t seen justice, the Middle East will “remain a source of danger to us all.”
Jackson has not always been such a strong Obama supporter. In July, he apologized to the Illinois senator for “crude and hurtful” remarks he had made about him after an interview with a Fox News correspondent.
Speaking to a fellow interviewee without realizing his microphone was on, Jackson said, “See, Barack’s been talking down to black people…. I want to cut his nuts off.”
“It was very private,” Jackson said, adding that if “any hurt or harm has been caused to [Obama’s] campaign, I apologize.”