Thursday, May 19, 2011

Obama on Israel's right to exist

In Obama's speech on the Middle East today, this is the closest he comes to addressing the issue of the refusal of Israel's neighbors to recognize Israel's right to exist:
Now, let me say this: Recognizing that negotiations need to begin with the issues of territory and security does not mean that it will be easy to come back to the table.

In particular, the recent announcement of an agreement between Fatah and Hamas raises profound and legitimate questions for Israel: How can one negotiate with a party that has shown itself unwilling to recognize your right to exist? And in the weeks and months to come, Palestinian leaders will have to provide a credible answer to that question.
What do you mean, "provide a credible answer to that question?" Israel's enemies have already provided a very "credible" (i.e. believable) answer to that question. The answer is that they DO NOT recognize Israel's right to exist. In fact, they are committed to destroying Israel!

Obama is right to ask, "How can one negotiate with a party that has shown itself unwilling to recognize" Israel's right to exist. But Obama has not addressed the issue. He calls for Israel to withdraw from territories vital it her security, but he has not addressed the core issue, i.e. Israel's right to exist.

Until Israel's neighbors recognize Israel's right to exist--and back it up with actions like stopping that rockets and violence, America has no business pressuring Israel to make any concessions whatsoever! Israel has made enough concessions! Enough already. It is time for Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria to make some concessions! (and it is still too early to see which way Egypt is going to go).

Obama continues,
I recognize how hard this will be. Suspicion and hostility has been passed on for generations, and at times it has hardened. But I'm convinced that the majority of Israelis and Palestinians would rather look to the future than be trapped in the past.
I'm convinced that the the vast majority of Israelis want peace. But when I consider the fact that the majority of people in Gaza--when given their own independent state--democratically voted in a terrorist government committed to destroying Israel, Obama's words look like lies or nonsense!

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