JERUSALEM, Israel - Rev. Jesse Jackson said an Obama administration would rid the United States of "Zionist control," Tuesday's New York Post reported.
According to Jackson, Zionists "have controlled American policy for decades," but with Obama in the White House, that will change.
Obama "wants an aggressive and dynamic diplomacy," Jackson told participants of the first World Policy Forum in Evian, France, and he will bring about "fundamental changes" in U.S. foreign policy, especially in the Middle East, where for decades, according to Jackson, the U.S. has put "Israel's interests first."
Jackson criticized the Bush administration for being "afraid of a snafu and of upsetting Israel," promising that Obama 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."
"Barack is determined to repair our relations with the world of Islam and Muslims," he said. "Thanks to his background and ecumenical approach, he knows how Muslims feel while remaining committed to his own faith," Jackson said.
Obama spokeswoman Wendy Morigi responded to the remarks by saying that Rev. Jackson "is not an advisor to the Obama campaign and is therefore in no position to interpret or share" Obama's "views on Israel or foreign policy."
"No false charges can change Barack Obama's unshakeable commitment to Israel's security," she added.
McCain spokesman Tucker Brown also commented on Rev. Jackson's speech.
"Literally, nobody knows what Barack Obama's policies would be if he were elected president, but it's very concerning that people believe he will not be a friend to Israel."
Sources: Haaretz, Israel National News, New York Post