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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Great news: Obama wants to return Jews to Arab countries

How tone deaf can he get? President Obama has decided to take on the cause of Jewish refugees from Arab countries. He wants to give them a 'right of return.' Does he really think there will be any takers?
Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security advisor for communications and President Barack Obama's chief speechwriter on foreign policy, talked about what's known as the "Jewish right of return" during an off-the-record conference call with Jewish community leaders on May 20, only one day after Obama's major speech on the Middle East. A recording of the call was provided to The Cable.

In response to a question asking why there is a great deal of focus on the Palestinian refugee issue but almost no focus on the Jews who departed Arab lands, Rhodes declared that the Israelis and Palestinians should negotiate on the Jewish right of return to Arab and Muslim countries and that the United States could play in role in mediating that issue.

Here's the full exchange:

"While Palestinian refugees have concerns that are understandable and need to be dealt with in the peace process, there was no reference in the president's speech to the approximately one million Jewish refugees that emerged from the same Middle East conflict. I'm talking about Jews from Arab and Muslim countries who were forced out of their homelands where they had lived for centuries," said B'nai B'rith International Director of Legislative Affairs Eric Fusfield.

"The international community has never acknowledged their rights and their grievances," Fusfield continued, "[C]an the U.S., as the peace process move forward, play a role in advancing the rights and concerns of these Jewish refugee groups and help ensure that as refugee issues are dealt with... that the focus will not just be on one refugee group but on all refugee groups emerging from the same conflict?"

Rhodes responded: "Certainly the U.S., in our role, is attuned to all the concerns on both sides to include interests among Israel and others in Jewish refugees, so it is something that would come up in the context of negotiations. And certainly, we believe that ultimately the parties themselves should negotiate this. We can introduce ideas, we can introduce parameters for potential negotiation."

"We believe those types of issues that you alluded to could certainly be a part of that discussion and put on the table and it's something that we would obviously be involved in."
The extent to which the Obami don't get it is truly appalling.

The issue of Jewish refugees from Arab countries is raised for two reasons: First, in the hope of getting the descendants some compensation for having fled with only the clothes on their backs. And second, to show that what took place in the late 1940's and early 1950's was an exchange of populations that ought to be left alone.

But you can't expect Obama to understand that. He just doesn't care.

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At 6:20 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Finally... the Google dashboard is back! To think of the problems I've been having posting the last few days.

And then Carl's blog mysteriously vanished from the Internet.

Oy vey! As for this "proposal" - it sounds like satire. They can't be that clueless and stupid in the Obama Administration, now can they be?

What could go wrong indeed

At 8:01 AM, Blogger Chana said...

Maybe they're not clueless but perceive this as a way of calling our bluff. If they act as if "right of return" to those dreadful despotisms, they don' have to acknowledge the thievery done to Jews from Arab lands.


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