Obama Advisor: U.S. Jews Hinder Peace

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CBNNews.com - According to an article posted on The American Spectator Web site, Barack Obama's military advisor and co-chairman of his national campaign has a history of anti-Israel bias.

Gen. Merrill (Tony) McPeak has long advocated Israel's withdrawal from the Golan Heights and Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), which he wrote about in Foreign Affairs magazine in 1976.

In a 2003 interview with The Oregonian, McPeak intimated that American Jews control the country's Middle East policy.

The general also claimed that Jews and Christian Zionists manipulate U.S. policy in Iraq.

"Let's say that one of your abiding concerns is the security of Israel as opposed to a purely American self-interest. Then it would make sense to build a dozen or so bases in Iraq," the general said.

"Let's say you are a born-again Christian and you think that Armageddon and the rapture are about to happen any minute, and what you want to do is retrace steps you think are laid out in Revelations, then it makes sense," he said.

"The secret of the neoconservative movement is that it's not conservative, it's radical," McPeak told his interviewer. "Guys like me, who are conservatives, are upset about these 'neocons' calling themselves conservatives when they're so radical," he said, comparing terror organizations with neoconservative supporters of Israel.

Obama's Advisor Choice Problematic

Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Committee, said Obama's choice of McPeak as military advisor and co-chairman of his national campaign is problematic.

"By choosing to have a military advisor and national campaign co-chairman like General McPeak, serious questions and doubts are once again being raised about Senator Obama's positions and judgment on Middle East issues," Brooks said.

"Rather than putting the blame where it belongs -- on the Palestinian leadership and their continued reliance on terror -- General McPeak finds it more convenient to blame American Jewry and their perceived influence," he said.

"This is the same dangerous and disturbing canard being promoted by the likes of Jimmy Carter and authors Mearsheimer and Walt in the book, The Israel Lobby," he said.

"Senator Obama continues to surround himself with advisors holding troubling and disturbing anti-Israel bias," he said.

He called on the senator to "immediately remove General McPeak from his campaign leadership role and as key advisor."

Sources: The American Spectator, YNet news

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