Did you hear the Presidents speech today? He actually had the nerve to tell Israel to pull back to the 1967 lines. Right? I’m sure Israel is going to do that when they fought a war to be where they are today!
He also told the Palestinians to recognize Israel’s right to exits, like he expects that to happen! The whole of Muslim nations already made it clear that they want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. What makes President Obama think any one in those nations are going to listen?
Does anybody think Obama’s address today proved anything but that he is weak and disappointing when dealing with the Middle East area. The audacity of this man to think he can tell Israel what to do just amazes me!
Then let us talk about credibility in this president’s Middle East strategy. First, will his speech do anything but irritate the situation more and possibly ignite the beginning of the war of Armageddon. Then you look at the way he negotiated the Iranian nuclear threat. He failed miserably at that job.
Do you remember the promise that he made to negotiate peace with Israel and Palestine? Where is that peace now? It failed, and that’s why the President is now giving the ultimatum to Israel to pull back. What are the odds that they will comply?
As Fox News Channel puts it today, Still, it’s hard to take seriously the words of a leader who has so abjectly failed to make good on previous promises.
Further undercutting the president’s standing today is the fact that he spent most of the Arab Spring as bystander-in-chief. Mr. Obama called for Mubarak to step down after it was clear Mubarak had to step down. He turned against Syria when everyone else did. He dumped Libya faster than NBC dropped Charlie Sheen. And he completely ignored the protesters in Iran.
It’s not like he had no chance to get ahead of breaking events in the region. Weeks beforehand it was public knowledge that the so-called Facebook Intifada was scheduled for after prayers on May 15.
If Obama really wanted to lead, to act like a game-changing president, he could have come out and made a strong speech in defence of Israel before the 15th. Instead, he waited sheepishly to see how things unfolded. He “led from behind” with a speech four days after the fact.
Today’s speech provided little evidence that president really gets it on leadership in general or the Middle East in particular. This idea of promoting a “mini-Marshall Plan” for the Middle East is as stale as it is doomed. Just look at Egypt.
As expected, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swiftly rejected President Obama’s call today for Israel to pull back to the borders that existed before the 1967 Six-Day War, calling those lines militarily “indefensible.”
Netanyahu said such a withdrawal would jeopardize Israel’s security and leave major West Bank settlements outside Israeli borders.
“Israel appreciates President Obama’s commitment to peace,” the statement said. “Israel believes that for peace to endure between Israelis and Palestinians, the viability of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state. That is why Prime Minister Netanyahu expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004. … Among other things, those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines.”
“The status quo is unsustainable,” Obama said. “A lasting peace will involve two states for two peoples.”
Though the shift will likely create tension as the president meets with Netanyahu and heads next to address Israel advocacy group AIPAC this weekend, Obama sought to assure that the United States’ commitment to Israeli security is “unshakable.”
He said Israeli’s right to defend itself will remain paramount, and suggested the recent unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas, which the U.S. deems a terrorist group, is problematic for negotiations. Though Israel occupied East Jerusalem, along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Six Day War, Obama said Thursday that the “future of Jerusalem” remains to be worked out, as does the fate of Palestinian refugees. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05/19/obamas-mideast-speech-offers-punishment-praise/#ixzz1MplHemt7
President Obama backs Palestinians in urging Israel to pull back to 1967 borders, a demand rejected by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who calls the borders of the past ‘indefensible.’ | VIDEO
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