This is just a sickening case of pandering. There is absolutely nothing about Obama that makes me believe he is genuine in this fraudulent attempt to win the Jewish vote. What a Muslim says in public and what a Muslim says in private, are two different things. From YnetNews:
Senator Barack Obama’s mystifying position about Israel will be explained on Friday, when the young legislator and candidate for the 2008 presidential election, speaks before American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbyists in Chicago. Obama, along with the other candidates, will also address the annual AIPAC conference in Washington later this month, but he though it important to make a few statements to the American Jewry before then, possibly due to concerns raised about his attitude towards Israel. 45-year-old Obama is getting stronger in the polls, and is considered a serious candidate although he has only been in the Senate for two years and has not yet left his mark on matters related to foreign policy.
Update: Here is one article that provides a basis for my opinion on Obama and why he is wrong for the United States.