Israel protest outside Obama holiday home

A handful of pro-Palestinian activists protested outside President-elect Barack Obama’s holiday home in Hawaii today and urged a new approach to the Middle East.

A handful of pro-Palestinian activists protested outside President-elect Barack Obama’s holiday home in Hawaii today and urged a new approach to the Middle East.

Eight activists marched with signs to the edge of the property’s security perimeter, telling reporters that they want the incoming administration to take a fresh look at the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian territories.

They also called for Mr Obama to take a more active role in the conflict, even though he does not take office until January 20.

“We feel there’s a great need for change. We need to stop giving Israel a blank cheque to do what it’s doing,” said Margaret Brown, a 66-year-old Honolulu resident who held a handmade sign that read: “Yes we can change US policy toward Israel and Palestine.”

Israel continued its air attacks on Gaza today and warned that a ground invasion could follow if rocket launches did not stop. The United States has called for the militant group Hamas to stop launching rockets into Israel.

Mr Obama and his family are near the end of a 12-day holiday in his native Hawaii. He has maintained no public schedule and has had his aides guard his privacy.

Since arriving on the island of Oahu on December 20, Mr Obama has limited his travel mostly to trips to the gym, golf course and dinner with friends.

Mr Obama, wife Michelle and their two young daughters are scheduled to return to Chicago on Thursday.

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