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Thursday, September 24, 2009

About that applause for Obama at the UN

In a post on Wednesday, I quoted the following from a transcript of President Obama's UN speech that was released by the White House.
Now, I am not naïve. I know this will be difficult. But all of us -- not just the Israelis and the Palestinians, but all of us -- must decide whether we are serious about peace, or whether we will only lend it lip service. To break the old patterns, to break the cycle of insecurity and despair, all of us must say publicly what we would acknowledge in private. The United States does Israel no favors when we fail to couple an unwavering commitment to its security with an insistence that Israel respect the legitimate claims and rights of the Palestinians. (Applause.)

And -- and nations within this body do the Palestinians no favors when they choose vitriolic attacks against Israel over constructive willingness to recognize Israel's legitimacy and its right to exist in peace and security. (Applause.) [emphasis added]
But did the General Assembly actually applaud when Obama said that the UN does the 'Palestinians' no favor when it chooses vitriolic attacks against Israel? Of course, they didn't. Let's go to the videotape (Joe Lieberman's picture is there because the clip comes from an interview with Lieberman, but I edited the interview out).

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Who put that second "applause" into the transcript and why? The why is obvious: To create the illusion that the UN is even-handed and that Israel can get a fair shake there - something Israelis have known for at least 35 years is patently false. Who in the Obama administration is trying to get the UN more involved in 'peace making'? Israelis and their supporters should want to know.


At 1:22 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

All the more reason for Israel to get out of the UN - and soon. The country is better off getting rid of the UN bureaucracy in Israel and whatnot. Switzerland does fine without UN membership.

Why not Israel?


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