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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Obama blew it and he knew it

Minutes before the Sabbath started, two people sent me links to this post by Jennifer Rubin, which indicates that President Obama knows that he went too far on Thursday night, and is already starting to walk it back.
On the BBC last night, Obama immediately nixed his definitive language on the 1967 borders and reverted to language that sounded more in tune with that of former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush:

To the BBC, the president said, “The basis for negotiations will involve looking at that 1967 border, recognizing that conditions on the ground have changed and there are going to need to be swaps to accommodate the interests of both sides. That’s on the one hand and on the other hand, and this was an equally important part of the speech, Israel is going to have to feel confident about its security on the West Bank and that security element is going to be important to the Israelis.”

The president said that the Israelis “will not be able to move forward unless they feel that they themselves can defend their territory particularly given what they have seen happen in Gaza and the rockets that have been fired by Hezbollah.”

That is as sure a sign as any that the speech was an overstep, and a misstep, that the Israelis are infuriated and that Obama is now in a pinch.

What to make of all the liberal Jewish groups and pundits who fawned over the speech and insisted there was no change in U.S. policy contained in Obama’s statement on the 1967 borders (which is a misnomer; there is only the 1949 armistice line)? They have, to the extent they had any credibility, discredited themselves as reliable translators to Jews and Americans at large of the peace process. Whether through ignorance or through an insatiable need to defend a liberal president at all costs, they leapt into the fray to deny that Obama said anything damaging at all. The proof of Obama’s misstep is his swift backpedal, which, I suspect, will continue today.
Read the whole thing.

Just think: If God forbid he's re-elected, he won't have to walk back comments like these anymore. What could go wrong?

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At 12:48 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
All Jews should refuse to be in the same room with the man who wants to put them back in a 'Ghetto'.He won't change he'll keep pushing for the destruction of the state of Israel.I'm sure Netanyahu knows this to.

At 2:10 AM, Blogger ben said...

@will i hope israel puts the boot to obama, but understands that not all of america backs him. as a christian i support the jews and their great nation.

At 3:23 AM, Blogger Tamara said...

...well how UN-prepared of the self proclaimed president/dicktator of the world, you do not walk back threats, and You cannot fix death designs with sorry, and the only way this get fixed is GOODBYE Barry-Steven Dunham Seotoro Obama!!

At 5:45 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Obama has had long associations with anti-Israel colleagues and his troubling anti-Semitic PLO 'friendship'.
Read about Obama's long association with Rashid Khalidi

At 12:13 AM, Blogger Winters.quest said...

Obama is 'walking it back' ONLY to try to save votes. It is clear, without a shadow of a doubt, that he feels a strong bond with 'palestinians’ and Muslims in general. I am an American Libertarian. I believe in true freedom. Liberals and many democrats are completely enmeshed in what they think of as 'muslim rights". The same organizations and unions that had always been Obama’s friends, allies and roots in the US are the same people marching in the 'free palestine' march outside my window here in San Francisco. I see their signs, their logos and tee-shirts. They are serious and unapologetic. These are the liberals who formed the political AND 'moral' ideology of Obama. They are his greatest political cheerleaders are the same that walk this American city wearing their sympathy basij black and white scarves. So when he tries to 'walk back' don't ever forget the way he really feels, what he said without talking to all his advisors is what is in his heart and is his true feelings. Or more a fraction of his real feelings. I cannot understand why our Americans Jews vote again and again for the liberals that hate them. How can they do that when Libertarians and Republicans openly stand with Israel.


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