Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi appears to be backing Presidential Candidate Senator Barak Obama. However, Gadhafi who is not known to be a strong supporter of Israel, was very upset at Obama’s statement that Jerusalem would remain the capital of Israel. Gadhafi went on to incorrectly state that Obama was a Muslim. He also stated that people in the Arab world: ” may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency”. (Some people say it may be illegal for foreign governments to contribute to American political campaigns.) Here are three quotes courtesy of the right-wing World Net Daily:

JERUSALEM – Sen. Barack Obama is a Muslim of Kenyan origins who studied in Islamic schools and whose campaign may have been financed by people in the Islamic and African worlds, Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi said during a recent televised national rally.

 

Gadhafi expresses his concern about Obama’s support for Israel:

Gadhafi went on to lament statements Obama made at a June 4 address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in which the presidential candidate stated if he is elected president, “Jerusalem would remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided.”

 

But then he expresses hope that, since politicians in general are usually lying while campaigning, Obama is insincere about his promise:

“Allah willing, it will turn out that this was merely elections propaganda. …”



Obama: a New Age in Foreign Policy?

Obama has a big head start in his foreign diplomacy, as his international support is strong. His perceived Muslim background will generate a higher level of support from the Islamic world than Senator John McCain would have. The big question is: “Whose side will Obama take?”

Will he side with the State of Israel or will he side with the Islamic states like Libya? Will Obama enthusiastically continue the massive US military support of Israel, or will he cut back? Will he push for a settlement in Israel that the average Israeli may find unacceptable?

We won’t know the answers to these questions until well after Obama is actually sworn in.