Obama Backtracks on Jerusalem

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama retracted his statement at the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) convention in early June that Jerusalem should remain the "undivided capital" of Israel.

"You know, the truth is that this was an example where we had some poor phrasing in the speech, and we immediately tried to correct the interpretation that was given," Obama said on CNN's Fareed Zakaria - GPS.

"The point we were simply making was that we don't want barbed wire running through Jerusalem similar to the way it was prior to the '67 war -- that it is possible for us to create a Jerusalem that is cohesive and coherent," the Democratic presidential candidate said.

"I was not trying to predetermine what are essentially final-status issues," Obama said.

Obama will make a 24-hour campaign stopover in Israel next week during a tour that includes visits to Jordan, Iraq, Germany, France and Britain.

While in Israel, Obama will visit Yad Vashem and the Western Wall and take a brief look at the rocket-battered city of Sderot from a helicopter.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and opposition leader and Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu will all meet with Obama.

Source: Haaretz

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