McCain in Jerusalem on Jerusalem

Posted on March 24, 2008 In Blog

The J’lem Post has published its full interview with GOP presidential nominee John McCain. It is certainly worth reading in full.

Here are some exchanges of particular note:

You said earlier today that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Does that mean there should be no sovereign Palestinian presence anywhere in Jerusalem as far as you are concerned?
*That status is something that is hard for me to be specific about, because I think it is part of the negotiating process… I believe that the [US] embassy should be moved to Jerusalem.

*Do you see a distinction between Israel building in new neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, and building in the settlements?
[Long pause] I really don’t have a good response to that question. I really think that we should understand that the US and Israel are
partners. Israel is not a client of the United States of America, they don’t do our bidding, they have a freely elected government, and that government functions sometimes haltingly; so does ours, by the way. In case you haven’t noticed, we haven’t passed a budget yet, and the Iraqis have! Some people say, too often, “We should tell the Israelis what to do.” But we are partners. And if you are true partners, then you don’t dictate what you think the terms of the survival of a nation should be.