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Obama, McCain, and Jerusalem

By Matthew Yglesias

"Obama, McCain, and Jerusalem"

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Rudy Giuliani just did a fair hit on Barack Obama for telling a pro-Israel group that he favored an undivided Jerusalem and then back-tracking a day later and having his staff clarify that he actually had a sensible position on this issue. As I say, fair hit. But then Giuliani came back to say that he and John McCain really do take the position that Obama swiftly abandoned — namely that it would be unacceptable for the part of Jerusalem that’s inhabited by Palestinians to become part of Palestine.

I suppose some pro-Israel groups like to hear that kind of rhetoric but it’s really a ludicrous position on the merits that would make it impossible to ever achieve peace — it’s the Israeli version of the “right of return.”

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