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Published on Jan 23, 2009
Noam Chomsky: Obama's Stance on Gaza Crisis "Approximately the Bush Position"
In a visit to the State Department Thursday, President Obama made his first substantive comments on the Middle East conflict since Israelâs attack on Gaza. Obama first mentioned his commitment to Israelâs security, without affirming his commitment to Palestinian security. He condemned Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israeli towns, but didnât criticize the US-backed Israeli bombings of densely populated Gaza. But in a departure from the Bush administration, Obama acknowledged Palestinian suffering and said Gazaâs borders should be opened to aid. We speak with MIT professor, Noam Chomsky. [includes rush transcript]