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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Obama: 'Israel a constant sore'

Are Barack Hussein Obama's true colors coming out? Or are we going to hear again that he's tired as we heard over the weekend when he said that there were 57 states in the United States?

Obama was interviewed Monday by Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic Monthly. The interview is posted on Goldberg's blog. It has to be read to be believed:

JG: Do you think that Israel is a drag on America’s reputation overseas?

BO: No, no, no. But what I think is that this constant wound, that this constant sore, does infect all of our foreign policy. The lack of a resolution to this problem provides an excuse for anti-American militant jihadists to engage in inexcusable actions, and so we have a national-security interest in solving this, and I also believe that Israel has a security interest in solving this because I believe that the status quo is unsustainable. I am absolutely convinced of that, and some of the tensions that might arise between me and some of the more hawkish elements in the Jewish community in the United States might stem from the fact that I’m not going to blindly adhere to whatever the most hawkish position is just because that’s the safest ground politically.

I want to solve the problem, and so my job in being a friend to Israel is partly to hold up a mirror and tell the truth and say if Israel is building settlements without any regard to the effects that this has on the peace process, then we’re going to be stuck in the same status quo that we’ve been stuck in for decades now, and that won’t lift that existential dread that David Grossman described in your article.

The notion that a vibrant, successful society with incredible economic growth and incredible cultural vitality is still plagued by this notion that this could all end at any moment -- you know, I don’t know what that feels like, but I can use my imagination to understand it. I would not want to raise my children in those circumstances. I want to make sure that the people of Israel, when they kiss their kids and put them on that bus, feel at least no more existential dread than any parent does whenever their kids leave their sight. So that then becomes the question: is settlement policy conducive to relieving that over the long term, or is it just making the situation worse? That’s the question that has to be asked.
He can ask it and I can answer it. The 'settlement policy' doesn't make a damned bit of difference because the 'Palestinians' and their Arab patrons are not willing to accept a State of Israel of any size in this part of the world (and probably not anywhere else either, but we aren't asking for anywhere else).

It's way past my bedtime. Much more about this interview at Gateway Pundit and at Hot Air.


At 5:57 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

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At 5:58 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Yep. The amount of concessions Israel makes are irrelevant. Ehud Barak offered Arafat half of Jerusalem and virtually all of Judea and Samaria on a platter back in 2000 and the PLO's response was to declare war upon Israel. Nothing has changed since then and Iran has become even more belligerent towards the Jewish State since Mahmoud Ahmedinjad came to power. There's nothing Israel can do to satisfy her adversaries short of ceasing to exist. In the Middle East, politics is a zero sum game since the real issue is qualitative and not subject to the process of normal give and take. And that's not something American politicians want to hear.

At 7:11 AM, Blogger Tano said...

You should be ashamed of yourself.
Your charge is a rather blatant lie. It is dead obvious that the "sore" Obama is referring to is the dispute being left unresolved, not Israel. Do you think your readers cant read English?

Why do you do things like this - do you really think it helps?

I'll tell you one thing it does - it seriously undermines your reputation and credibility.

At 7:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 10:21 AM, Blogger Findalis said...

I'm waiting for his "Hymietown" remark. That cost Jackson the Democratic Nomination in 1984.

At 5:29 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Obama looks like the next Jimmy Carter. Well meaning but woefully ignorant about the dangers facing America that won't be settled over a kaffeeklatsch with coffee and sweet cakes. Call him a babe in the woods.

At 6:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

tano is right. The interview is overwhelmingly, strongly pro-Israel. And if you'd left the presuppositions behind and read 2 sentences past the "sore" reference you'd know that the sore's not Israel! Disgusting false accusation/insinuation--to the detriment of Israel, too I might add. You are helping to bring in the very type of anti-Israel program, but more accelerated, by supporting McCain. Snap out of it.

Oh yeah, please do notice the stark contrast of this article (the original, not the lifted misrepresentation) between Obama's passionate sharing of his personal experience/background comparing it to the Jewish people's and how that causes him to strongly identify with and support Israel, as compared with Condi's Annapolis sharing of her Black experience and how it causes her to understand and sympathize with the Palestinians (as a supposed victim of terrorism!).

How many times are you going to listen to the neoconservatives to suicidal propaganda/spin before admitting that they've got it wrong!


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