Barack Obama's campaign has played down accusations by civil-rights leader the Rev Jesse Jackson that the Democrat candidate would end decades of "Zionist control" if he became president.
The New York Post quoted Rev Jackson, at the World Policy Forum in Evian, France, as saying an Obama presidency would weaken Zionists, who "have controlled American policy for decades".
Mr Obama's national-security spokeswoman Wendy Morigi said: "Rev Jesse Jackson Sr is not an adviser to the Obama campaign and is therefore in no position to interpret or share Barack Obama's views on Israel and foreign policy."
Rev Jackson issued a statement alleging that his comments had been distorted and that he had "never had a conversation with Sen Obama about Israel or the Middle East". Meanwhile, Rev Jackson (right) and singer Jermaine Jackson will take part in a Muslim conference on world peace in London this month.
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