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Sunday, May 22, 2011

This Old Stance Is An OUTRAGE!

Thomas Lindaman weighs in on Obama's recent speeches on Israel.

Obama stated:

"The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their full potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state."

Obama has merely restated what American policy has been all along. Why should Obama or any other rational person care what the right thinks about this non-issue? You guys whined about the Olympics, you whined about his Peace Prize, you whined about arugula, you whined about mustard, you whined about flag pins, you whined about healthy food on the menu, you whined about recommending properly inflated tires, you whined about gifts to the Queen... Wouldn't someone come to the conclusion that you'd whine no matter what?

Israel's "amen" corner in America, which is the strongest and most dominant lobby in the history of the United States, will criticize Obama for defining the lines of a future settlement before negotiations have even begun, but that it is pure duplicity on their part (what else can we expect?), because Israel has been using a fake perceived ambiguity in US policy to demand more and more land, and more and more rights for Israel in any future settlement.

Now, the Republicans invite Netanyahu to speak before Congress so that he can counter the American president!  Party before country for them, as always.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is simply wrong. This is the same stance we've had for decades. Nothing has changed. He needs to stop thumping his chest and get to the negotiating table. Israel is losing what little credibility it had.

Obama's speech admonished both Israel and Palestine on some issues and supported both Israel and Palestine on others. This is the most balanced approach to try to get two hostile sides to come together.

Republicans, as usual, wanted the President to bash the Palestinians and fawn over Israel. That's great for scoring points in a campaign season, but it's poor strategy in conflict management (something the GOP knows little about).

Rational people are tired of paying both cash money to Israel to subsidize it and spending countless more dollars and blood through our military involvement there. We are constantly told that there is no money to do the things we need to do at home, yet there are limitless funds for warfare in the Middle East.

Israel receives more aid from the U.S. than any other country, and 1/3 of all U.S. aid goes to Israel and Egypt. Israel shouldn't be telling us what to do. We should be telling Israel what to do, and it needs to stop land-grabbing, end the occupation and move toward a two-state solution. Or the alternative: it could forgo U.S. taxpayer dollars and U.S. economic and military aid.

And it needs to be repeated again and again, lest people forget: The only reason right-wingers support Israel is because of Armageddon.  These unbelievably stupid retards are basing foreign policy on proven fairy tales.