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Published May 20, 2011, 01:41 PM

Kalk ‘disappointed’ by Obama’s ‘unworkable plan’ for Israel/Palestine

U.S. Senate hopeful Brian Kalk says he was “disappointed” by President Barack Obama’s Thursday comments about the Israel/Palestine situation.

By: Ryan Johnson, Grand Forks Herald, INFORUM

U.S. Senate hopeful Brian Kalk says he was “disappointed” by President Barack Obama’s Thursday comments about the Israel/Palestine situation.

Obama delivered a speech Thursday discussing the recent uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa, but it was his comments on Israel – including that the country can never have a truly peaceful nation based on “permanent occupation” – that drew the most attention and controversy. I recommend reading an Associated Press article from Thursday if you’d like to learn more about Obama’s speech.

Kalk, a Republican member of the Public Service Commission, announced last month that he’ll seek the GOP endorsement next spring to run for retiring Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad’s spot on the U.S. Senate. Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., announced Monday that he also will run for the GOP endorsement for the Senate.

Kalk released a statement early Friday outlining his reaction to Obama’s comments:

An Unworkable Plan

North Dakota Public Service Commissioner and retired U.S. Marine, Brian Kalk, said that he was disappointed by President Obama’s comments concerning the Israeli/Palestinian situation.

“Israel is our only reliable ally in the entire region. For the President to demand that Israel return to the pre-1967 map, will consign the only real democracy in the area, to the mercy of its self-proclaimed enemies. President Obama’s proposed borders cannot be defended, given modern technology. Far from being a step towards peace, the President’s plan will lead to war.”

As an example, Mr. Kalk cited the fact that the Golan Heights would be returned to Syria, under the President’s demand.

“Syria has systematically murdered thousands of its own citizens. President Obama would reward that nation by removing the one line of defense that Israel has against Syrian aggression.”

Commissioner Kalk said that Israel’s security must not be bartered by Washington, in an attempt to curry favor with extremists in the Middle East.

“Peace will not be achieved by Washington imposing an unworkable plan. As has been stated by others, throwing Israel under the bus will not lead to peace.”

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