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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Obama's war on Jerusalem

Jonathan Tobin gets the impact of Barack Obama's war on Jerusalem right (Hat Tip: NY Nana).
Obama’s war on Jerusalem has not brought peace closer. His pressure on Israel has helped to harden the Palestinians rejectionist position on Jerusalem as the call for a freeze in the city means the Palestinians are likely to demand an Israeli evacuation of the neighborhoods where U.S. officials treat Jewish housing starts as an “insult.” This has made the already dim prospects for peace even more unlikely. But one thing the administration has accomplished is to change the terms of argument about Jerusalem. The nerves of some Jewish Democrats may be calmed by the charm offensive that has led administration figures to fan out to Jewish groups and reassure them of the strength of the alliance with Israel in spite of the recent controversy. But by treating Jewish Jerusalem as just another illegal settlement, the president has done more in the last six weeks to undermine Israel’s hold on Jerusalem than a generation of Arab propaganda.
That ought to make those of you who are getting sucked in by the 'charm offensive' think twice.


At 4:52 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

What the Obami have really done is they have undermined America's credibility with most Israeli Jews and they have destroyed Israel's faith in the value of American promises. And the Obami's lack of a strategy on Iran only adds up to an Israeli impression the Americans want a reconciliation with the Arab/Muslim World at Israel's expense. All of that has pushed any prospects of peace off into the far future. Obama won't be collecting on that premature Nobel Peace Prize any time soon.

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

Thanks for the hat tip, Carl. You know my feelings re The One, and he is the first 'president' in my life that I have actually been afraid of. Re Israel? He is an enemy of Israel and the Jews. What he is trying to do to Jerusalem? Despicable. It is not his to make a decision of any kind about, and yes,you are exactly right re what he has accomplished in the last 6 weeks. At least 2 leading Democrats, Ed Koch and US Senator Charles Schumer(NY) have spoken out against him. But many, many more are still in Hussein's pocket. I just do not understand how or why. They had better wake up very fast.


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