Update 3/22: President Obama has gone around PM Benjamin Netanyahu by speaking with the liberal college students and giving speeches directly to the people. The liberal Jewish media is praising “the way” he spoke to them and are expecting Obama’s presidential rating of 10% to improve.
Now I understand why President Obama went to the mid-East. The media will always make certain that he looks good.
Meanwhile, his meetings with Abbas have gone poorly. That is not surprising. Poll data show the people hate him and us.
Original Story: 3/21: Today, Thursday, Barack Obama arrived in Ramallah, the West Bank, to a protest of about 150 Palestinians and the sound of rocket fire. Early this morning, Hamas in Gaza launched two mortars into Southern Israel, hitting the city of Sderot.
No one is talking about the “successful cease fire” which was brokered by Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi. Under this agreement, Gaza agreed to stop firing rockets into Southern Israel in exchange for Israel not occupying Gaza.
President Obama, during his visit with Mahmoud Abbas, in another schizophrenic foreign policy moment, said that the US stands with Israel but the treatment of Palestinians “is not fair.”
He said that he condemns Israeli settlements. What he is referring to when he talks about settlements is any building within Israel’s country, particularly in its capitol city of Jerusalem. It could be any apartment building, a store, anything…the word “settlements” is misused. President Obama, while criticizing settlements, also told Abbas they needed to seek peace regardless.
President Obama restated his commitment to a two- state solution. Such a solution would likely require Israel returning to 1967 borders in Abbas’ eyes and probably President Obama’s.
President Obama told Abbas it would be up to the Palestinian Authority to seek peace and he would be a willing messenger. He emphasized that talks must come without preconditions.
He defined the US role as to “build confidence and rebuild a sense of trust.”
He condemned the rocket attacks by Hamas on Thursday and praised the peaceful demonstrations by Palestinians (would that include the protests this past week in which the Palestinians in Gaza burned his effigy and our flag).
President Obama hinted at the false notion that Israel is guilty of apartheid as he referenced his meetings with college students during this trip:
“Whenever I meet these young people, whether they are Palestinian or Israeli, I’m reminded of my own daughters, and I know what hopes and aspirations I have for them. Those of us in the United States understand that change takes time but it is also possible. Because there was a time when my daughters could not be expect to have the same opportunities in their own country as somebody else’s daughter.”
He seemed to be encouraging the youth to pressure their leaders to make peace.
After President Obama stated that Israel has the right to defend itself, the Ayatollah Khomeini said, “At times the officials of the Zionist regime (Israel) threaten to launch a military invasion,” said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a televised speech marking the Persian New Year, Nowruz. “But they themselves know that if they make the slightest mistake the Islamic Republic will annihilate Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground,” he said. [abc news]