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Friday, April 11, 2008

Open Letter to Obama: If You Plan on Cooperating With the Hebrew Blog, Then You Must Insist It Be Done In English

Dear Senator Obama,

I will make this short and concise. I just learned that a blog in Hebrew in Israel has been opened for you. I found the link to it within the article below but I CANNOT link to it or read it due to the protocol on my computer and the fact it is in a foreign language script.

As an American citizen I am demanding that if you are planning on cooperating with this "private venture blog" in any manner, that you insist this blog be available in English so that we as American citizens can see what you are saying on a BLOG which is open to the Hebrew reading Israeli public but NOT to the general American public who cannot read it. If you have chosen to speak publicly to the citizens of a FOREIGN country who should NOT have anything to do with our electorial process, we the citizens of the United States at LEAST have the right to know what you are saying!

I trust that you will do the right thing in this matter as a candidate for the presidency of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Thank you!

One more thing, here are some buttons you might want to include on your website store! Since I contacted your campaign and they did not give me any sort of satisfactory reply as to why you have buttons in Hebrew but not in Arabic. Read HERE

Barack Obama’s Hebrew blog?

Israeli website announces presidential candidate launched Hebrew blog in effort to woo Jewish vote; Obama's HQ denies says initiative is 'private one, posting publicly available speeches, policies'

Itamar Eichner

Latest Update: 04.11.08, 23:35 / Israel News

The road to the White House passes through Tel Aviv, at least according to Senator Barack Obama. The Democratic presidential hopeful is vigorously wooing Israeli public opinion in an effort to win the hearts of Jewish voters in the United States.

All candidates are well aware of the fact that Israel – and by extension the Jewish vote – are an integral part of the US presidential campaign. Republican presidential candidate, Senator John McCain, has already visited Israel and Obama may choose to follow suit.

Obama also plans to launch a vigorous PR campaign to win Israeli support: According to a Friday report in Yedioth Ahronoth, the past two weeks have seen officials from Obama's headquarters mulling over the idea of a blog with the Media consultants of the Israeli website Tapuz.

'A private initiative'

Tapuz has gone ahead and launched an "Obama blog", which is said to feature the candidate’s speeches and campaign messages, mainly those that pertain to Israel.

Recent US polls indicate that in spite of persistent accusations of anti-Semitism, Obama is still fairly popular with Jewish voters, roughly splitting the Jewish vote with Senator Hillary Clinton.

Obama’s campaign mangers are concerned, however, that his anti-Israeli image might plague him in the future. They are particularly concerned in light of Republican candidate McCain’s persistent efforts to court the Jewish vote and present a decidedly pro-Israeli front.

Tzahi Stein, VP of Marketing and Strategy at Tapuz: "This is a very exciting turn of events and we look forward to working closely with Obama’s staff".

The presidential candidate's campaign headquarters, however, issued a slightly more reserved statement on Friday night: "We are delighted that so many supporters, here in the United States, in Israel, and around the world are interested in ensuring that the facts of Senator Obama's strong support for Israel and US-Israel relationship are known."

The Tapuz blog, continued the statement, "as others around the world, are private blogs that post Senator Obama's publicly available speeches and policies. The official blog of Senator Obama can be found at"


UPDATE: HERE is the proper link to the blog. Part of it is in English

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