US President Barack Obama has selected as his nominee for US ambassador to the United Nations a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and academic who at one point in her career has advocated a US invasion of Israel.
Pictured: Obama, Rice and Power (Photo: Reuters)Samantha Power, a former White House aide and Harvard professor, asserted in a 2002 interview in Berkley University that the US might in the future be forced to deploy a large military force in Israel in order to impose a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and establish a Palestinian state.
Asked how she would advise the president to address the situation, she replied, "What we need is a willingness to put something on the line in helping the situation. It may mean investing billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel's military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine, in investing the billions of dollars in what will have to be a mammoth protection force."
Alluding to the Jewish lobby, she said such an undertaking would "mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import."
While she admitted her proposal was "undemocratic," Power added that "It seems to me that you have to go in as if you're serious, you have to put something on the line."
She further described Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon as "dreadfully irresponsible" and politically destined to destroy the lives of their own people."
However, four years after the interview Power rejected claims that Israel is an apartheid state at a Harvard University forum.
SOURCE: Yitzhak Benhorin