Between Representative Adam Schiff of California, Barack Obama foreign policy adviser Denis McDonough and spokesman Josh Earnest, the word "Israel" — as in security of the state of — was used 14 times in the first 15 minutes of the Obama campaign conference call this afternoon.
"Is Israel safer today?" McDonough asked, repeatedly asserting that there are few differences between John McCain and George W. Bush’s Middle East foreign policy.
The surrogates were responding to John McCain’s speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group that all three candidates are addressing this week. During the speech, according to the Washington Post, McCain called for "broad sanctions against Iran and a South African-style worldwide divestment strategy."
Obama, whose relationship with Jewish voters has been the subject of endless analysis, much of it arguable, looks forward to voicing his "steadfast commitment to Israel" when he speaks to AIPAC and on future occasions, Schiff said. "This is certainly an important speech," he said. "But it will be just one in a line of them."