Rahm Emanuel: President Obama ‘Consistent’ on Israel

By Kate McCarthy

Jun 1, 2011 7:43am

That’s what President Obama’s former chief of staff and the current mayor of Chicago told me. Rahm Emanuel defended his old boss and said he didn’t see a problem with the proposal for Israel’s borders.

“I looked at the whole speech. I looked at everything he said in support of Israel, with its security and safety.  And I saw the president that I worked for,” Emanuel said in an exclusive interview. “And he’s been consistent about Israel security and safety, as his number one concern.”

Obama called out Emanuel during his AIPAC speech where he tried to clarify his vision for the Middle East. The president told the crowd he doesn’t need his former chief of staff to tell him the best way to get re-elected is to avoid controversy– controversy that the 1967 border suggestion stirred.

I asked Emanuel if any pro-Israel Democrats have a right be bothered by the suggestion that future peace agreements should look to the 1967 border map.

“If they can look at the speech they may see a different speech…I read the speech, and I saw the same president who pulled out of the Durban Conference. The president’s been clear about not using the United Nations for independent action.  It has to be done in negotiations,” he told me. “And I think the president, as I worked with, is consistent about Israeli’s military strategic edge.”

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