Sen. Obama is slated to visit the Western Wall, located in eastern Jerusalem, which was restored to Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967. Sen. McCain has backed Jerusalem remaining the undivided capital of Israel unless Israel wants to decide otherwise. Sen. Obama recently astonished Arabs by stating the Jerusalem should remain undivided. After a furious backlash, he quickly backtracked and said that he meant it should not divided by barbed wire, as it was between 1948 and 1967, when eastern Jerusalem was occupied by Jordan.There is nothing particularly bold or novel about McCain's approach. Then again, it was because Obama went out of his way to try to impress while addressing AIPAC that he ended up having to retreat on what he said.
I thought it interesting that McCain takes a stand that Jerusalem should remain undivided, while leaving it to Israel to make the decision--it is a position that Obama, having backtracked, cannot take.