Saturday, September 24, 2011

More Change You Can Believe In

You would think after six decades of dispossession, four decades of occupation and two decades of peace processes that President Obama would recognize a political and moral discrepancy that needs fixing.


That he would underline, not undermine, his own rhetoric about freedom in the Arab region.

Or that he would underline, not undermine, his own opening emphasis about a peace based on withdrawal, not more of the same logic of war.


That he would underline, not undermine, his own words uttered in Cairo a year and a half ago about the need for Israel to stop its illegal settlements in Palestine.

That he would underline, not undermine his own projection - read promise - from the same podium last September of a Palestinian state within a year, meaning this week.


You wouldn’t think any of those things if you have been paying close attention.

President #Compromise isn’t the sturdy oak, but the lithe willow that bends with the wind. And the winds in the White House always blow toward Israel.

Every other commentator in town would like to remind you not to expect much action from a US president on Israel during an election year.

As Heilemann illustrates in his article, Obama's career was built on his relationships with generous Jewish contributors in Chicago.

That, too.

Obama is the "the first Jewish President". That's the title of New York magazine's lead article, written by John Heilemann and quoting a major Obama fundraiser.

Listening to Obama speak at the United Nations on Wednesday many would nod in agreement, not less in Palestine and the Arab world.


[T]he fact that Obama surpassed his predecessor George W Bush, the most radical supporter of Israel among all US Presidents, has left everyone in Israel dumbstruck. The latest Zionist US president sounded like Israel's own founding fathers.

Never have they heard a US president read straight from the papers of the Israeli government.

Yeah, well I guess his handlers have realized that all that previous rhetoric seeming to support Palestine’s position has to be very strongly countered.

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