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Obama’s Palestine Solution: More Talk

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Posted on Sep 21, 2011
AP / Seth Wenig

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas listens to President Obama addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday.

One year ago, President Obama stood before the U.N. General Assembly and called for international recognition of a Palestinian state. On Wednesday, to the exasperation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and millions struggling for democracy in the Arab world, he declared his opposition to that idea.

Rather than making a direct bid for statehood, Palestinians should return to the Israeli peace negotiations that started in 1979, Obama said.

His remarks reveal the contradictions in his stance toward the Arab world. After making peace between Israel and Palestine a priority from the beginning of his term, he has been unable to help reboot negotiations; after pushing for Palestinian membership in the U.N last year, he now threatens to veto it; after praising the struggles and achievements of Arab populists, he appears to many to oppose their cause. —ARK

The New York Times:

“Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N.,” Mr. Obama said, in an address before world leaders at the General Assembly. “If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now.”

Instead, Mr. Obama said, the international community should continue to push Israelis and Palestinians toward talks on the four intractable “final status” issues that have vexed peace negotiations since 1979: the borders of a Palestinian state, security for Israel, the status of Palestinian refugees who left or were forced to leave their homes in Israel, and the fate of Jerusalem, which both sides claim for their capital.

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By who'syourdebs, September 22, 2011 at 7:06 am Link to this comment

Israel continues to inflict its cruelty on the Palestinians, driving away previously friendly nations like Turkey with their right-wing policies of subjugation and apartheid. And the arrogant expansionism of the settlements continues as well—how nice, with Obama playing Netanyahu’s lap dog for the cameras, the same man who holds the purse-strings for the whole deal. But the Palestinians and progressive Israeli supporters increasingly are turning to non-violent protest and civil disobedience. Yes, Israel will respond with with their usual violent overreactions and attacking the spirit of the people themselves, rather than the rocket-weilding terrorists (who have been rather silent lately), but the world will see. American Jews aided greatly the black civil rights movement in the US during the 50’s and 60’s. They will remember. Israel will likely restrict media coverage, but it will not help them. People have phones with cameras, the internet. More peaceful protest! Arab Spring for the Palenstinians—it’s coming, like it or not.

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By thecrow, September 22, 2011 at 4:23 am Link to this comment

“If we go down, you go down. Now here is what you will do.”

http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/movers-and-shakers/

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By OzarkMichael, September 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment

oh doomster, your post was pure folly.

Obama was hoping to talk Netanyahu into giving up something in order to get some peace talks rolling. Do you really think that spending extra time on a nation or an area or problem is unfair because it comes at the expense of everyone else?


Apparently from your foolish remark you do.

Then consider that the UN has spent sooooo much more time on the Palestinians than anyplace or anyone else. Far beyond what their numbers or size or strategic importance could possibly demand. Year after year after year.

Other people have had a tough time, other people have been displaced… but the Palestinians are by your own foolish judgement getting too much attention. So I guess we need to give them and their problems less time in the UN instead of more?

I doubt you would agree to that!

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By David J. Cyr, September 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment

Obama, again, publicly providing a profile in depravity that accurately represents what liberals are… morally depraved.

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By John Poole, September 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm Link to this comment
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I have a fantasy. A pox on both the Palestinians and the Israelites. Let them
magically be transported to a distant asteroid where they can continue their
juvenile dustup. Their tribal hatred belongs in a distant galaxy but I can’t wish for
something that grandiose. I’m a plain vanilla earthling and even self description
that is pathetically provincial considering the scope of the cosmos. To belong to a
specific tribe with voodoo religious ties is hopelessly passe.

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By mark, September 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm Link to this comment
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american congress is controlled by zionist tyrants who bankroll the tyranny and oppression of millions of innocent people by the israeli genocide machine.

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By Rodney, September 21, 2011 at 11:46 am Link to this comment
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First of all Netanyahu gives Obama the same level of
respect as Joe Wilson and the Republicans. For the
first time in my lifetime you have the prime minister
of a foreign country in Neytanahu publicly aligning
himself with political opposition of a U S President
in hopes that he won’t be reelected. As long as
Neytanyahu is Prime Minister Israel will never have
peace. They will continue the same system of
apartheid and Jim Crow that was practiced in South
Africa and America. Netanyahu will never give up one
inch of land. Neither he or the U S would allow
Palestine, if there is ever one created, to have an
army to defend itself from Jewish tyranny. So they
will never be free in their own land anyway.  How
long should the Palestinians wait for their own
country and sovernty? As Martin Luther King once said
“How long not long because a lie can’t live forever”.
“How long not long because you reap what you sow”. If
the United States were true to its word, it would
force Israel to make peace with the Palestinians with
the same power and force that was used to create
Israel in the first place.

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By doomster, September 21, 2011 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

Obama will do whatever gets him the most campaign contributions. It’s pathetic how many Western countries have gotten on board with Obama and Netanyahu on this. Heck, Obama thinks Israel is more important than France or Japan: http://aeinetwork.com/news352.html

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