I have to say I love hearing this:
"If we cannot have an honest dialogue about how do we achieve these goals, then we're not going to make progress," he said.
He also criticized the notion that anyone who asks tough questions about advancing the peace process or tries to secure Israel by anyway other than "just crushing the opposition" is being "soft or anti-Israel."
Obama made the comments in a closed-door meeting with several members of Cleveland's Jewish community, who will be participating in the crucial Ohio primary to be held next Tuesday.
The thing about Obama, is that he is just young enough, just untainted enough to speak obvious truths. That he does this in the face of that turban nonsense as well as an endorsement from Farrakahan (are all the high priests of 80s ID politics rising from the dead or what?) impresses me even more. Anyway more on the possible gulf between Obama and Jewish voters here. I gotta say, an notions of "black anti-semitism" always strike me as laughable--as if Farrakhan and Crown Heights somehow rep for all of black America. It's not that I don't think it happens, it's just that, while I've heard my share of venom directed toward whites in general, and venom toward Asians (sad as that is), black anti-semitism just hasn't been as prevalent. And now I defer to James Baldwin. Oh who am I kidding. Come and talk to 'em Chris: