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Monday, August 03, 2009

Jordanians tell Obama to kiss off

Following in the Saudis' footsteps, Jordan's foreign minister Nasser Judeh has told the Obama administration to stick their request for confidence building measures where the sun don't shine.
"In the Middle East, there has been in the past an overinvestment, perhaps, by the parties in pursuing confidence-building measures, conflict-management techniques, including transitional arrangements, and an overemphasis on gestures, perhaps at the expense of reaching the actual end game," he said at a State Department news conference with Clinton.

Judeh said that "piecemeal approaches that never lead to peace and that have proven repeatedly to be confidence-eroding, rather than confidence-building" must be avoided.

And, he criticized Israel for its refusal to halt construction of Jewish settlements in Palestinian territory and said the Israelis should respond to a 2002 Arab peace offer.

"Now, in 2009, many would say it is time for Israel to reciprocate," he said.
And once again, Hillary Clinton is left to pick up the pieces.
Despite the statements, Clinton maintained that US special Mideast Peace envoy George Mitchell was making progress and praised Jordan for its playing "a strong and vital role" in the region and expressed hope that negotiations could soon resume.

"We are working with the Israelis, the Palestinian Authority and Arab states to take the steps needed to make that possible," she said. "The foreign minister and I discussed this effort, and I expressed our deep appreciation for Jordan's leadership in working with other Arab states to support peace with deeds, as well as words."
She also used the opportunity to take a pot shot at the City of Jerusalem for obeying the Supreme Court.
"I think these actions are deeply regrettable," Clinton said. "The eviction of families and demolition of homes in east Jerusalem is not in keeping with Israeli obligations and I urge the government of Israel and municipal officials to refrain from such provocative actions."
The last time I checked, in a civilized country, the government and the municipal officials are required to obey court orders. It's still that way in the US too, isn't it? Or is the Obama administration in the process of changing that?


At 11:39 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - what's striking about Secretary Clinton's brazen hypocrisy is while she took a pot shot at Israel for upholding its sovereign rights in its own capital, she had not one word of reproach in her press conference to her Jordanian guest for Jordan's stripping Palestinians in Jordan of their citizenship and their rights. So much for State Department even-handedness. Despite putting relentless pressure upon Israel, the US has gained no Arab goodwill. Just the exact opposite.

Hopenchange, any one?

At 11:54 PM, Blogger christine said...

we americans well tell him to kiss off in 20010...........can't get here fast enough.in 2012 well tell him he fired..............................................................

At 1:20 AM, Blogger R-MEW Editors said...

Didn't Obama "evict" Bush from the White House?

Israeli FM: "The eviction of families in Washington DC is not in keeping with American obligations and I urge the US government and municipal officials to refrain from such provocative actions."

At 6:26 AM, Blogger ais cotten19 said...

AMERICAN DIPLOMAT: "What we are asking of [insert Arab country here] in regards to a demonstration of peaceful-"
AD: "Yes, of course we understand that it is difficult to make the first move, which is why all we ask is-"
AFM: "Forget it"
AD: "Well perhaps you could-"
AFM: "No way"
AD: "Well how about-"
AFM: "Never!"
AD: "Thank you so much for playing such a valuable role in these peace talks!"


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