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Claim: Barack Obama never mentioned Israel by name in either of the first two 2008 presidential debates.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2008]
The item noted above reflects that dichotomy, positing that although Senator Obama might pay lip service to defending Israel when it is politically expedient for him to do so, his true intentions are revealed by a close reading of his
Claims about Senator Obama's non-mention of Israel during the debates are false, however. The candidates were not asked any direct questions about Israel during the first presidential debate, but moderator Jim Lehrer did pose the question: "What is your reading on the threat to Iran right now to the security of the United States?" Senator Obama responded thusly:
Senator McCain is absolutely right, we cannot tolerate a nuclear Iran. It would be a game changer. Not only would it threaten Israel, a country that is our stalwart ally, but it would also create an environment in which you could set off an arms race in this Middle East.During the second presidential debate, an audience member posed a direct question about Israel's security to the candidates: "If, despite your best diplomatic efforts, Iran attacks Israel, would you be willing to commit
We cannot allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon. It would be a game-changer in the region. Not only would it threaten Israel, our strongest ally in the region and one of our strongest allies in the world, but it would also create a possibility of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists.No discussion of Israel was brought up by the moderator or either of the candidates during the third presidential debate, as the subject of that forum was domestic policy.
And so it's unacceptable. And I will do everything that's required to prevent it.
And we will never take military options off the table. And it is important that we don't provide veto power to the United Nations or anyone else in acting in our interests.
Last updated: 21 October 2008
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