In April 1998, McGovern returned to public service when he began a three-year stint as United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, serving in Rome, Italy, after having been named to the post by President Bill Clinton. […]In August 2000, President Clinton presented McGovern with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation`s highest civilian honor, in recognition of McGovern`s humanitarian service in the effort to eradicate world hunger. […]McGovern still sought to have his voice heard in the American political scene. He became an outspoken opponent of the Iraq War, likening U.S. involvement in that country to that of the failed Vietnam effort, and in 2006 co-wrote the book Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now. In January 2008, McGovern wrote an op ed in the Washington Post calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney, saying they had violated the U.S. Constitution, transgressed national and international law, and repeatedly lied to the American people. The subtitle of the article read `Nixon Was Bad. These Guys Are Worse.` In the tumultuous 2008 Democratic Party presidential nomination campaign, he first endorsed U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, then later switched to Senator Barack Obama after concluding Clinton could no longer win.
“There is no easy way to say this: I believe that the Occupation – which is the main role of the IDF these days – is an absolute injustice. The Occupation is anti-God, anti-love and shockingly violent. The Occupation is based on a system of racist/nationalist separation which to a great extent resembles the system in the southern United States until the 1960s and the Apartheid system in South Africa until the 1990s. There is no end in sight to this “temporary” Occupation; on the contrary, it is strengthening and consolidating. There is nearly zero will within the Israeli government to end the Occupation, and the Israeli public has become inured to the status quo, in which the question of the Occupation has become essentially a “theoretical” one, and a question that many have already grown tired of contending with. But the Occupation can be theoretical only if you are not occupied, and therefore I see my refusal also as an act of solidarity with the Palestinians who are living under the Occupation.”