Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ed Lasky: Our Patronizing President Lectures the Jews

This from Ed Lasky in the American Thinker: Our Patronizing President Lectures the Jews

President Obama just can't seem to be able to stop scratching that itch. At a meeting with Jewish leaders regarding his approach toward Israel he delivered a lecture, patronizing in tone and foolish in content.

From the JTA:
President Obama reportedly urged Jewish communal leaders to speak to their friends and colleagues in Israel and to "search your souls" over Israel's seriousness about making peace.
In an hour-long meeting Tuesday with about 50 representatives from the Jewish community's chief foreign policy umbrella group, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Obama reiterated the U.S. commitment to Israel, according to statements from both the White House and Conference of Presidents.
But several participants at the meeting told JTA that the president also implied that Israel bears primary responsibility for advancing the peace process. They interpreted the president's comments either as hostile, naive or unsurprising.
Obama said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is eager to secure his legacy by establishing a Palestinian state and would accept a decent offer if one were on the table, according to participants.
"The Palestinians don't feel confident that the Netanyahu government is serious about territorial concessions," the president reportedly said.
Obama reportedly said that the Jewish sections of Jerusalem would remain in Israeli hands as part of any peace deal, but that the Arab sections would not......................................
Aside from this (ignored) fact, the President's patronizing tone is graceless.  He urged Jewish leaders to speak to their friends and colleagues in Israel and to search their souls over Israel's seriousness about making peace.
This is what Senator Obama said in 2007 regarding building the road to peace between Israel and the Palestinians:
Some of those stones will be heavy and tough for the United States to carry. Others with be heavy and tough for Israel to carry. And even more will be difficult for the world. But together, we will begin again.
(The Palestinians apparently had no stones that they would have to carry -- he did not mention any for them to carry)
This is what he said in 2008 in Cleveland:
Frankly some of the commentary that I've seen which suggests guilt by association or the notion that unless we are never ever going to ask any difficult questions about how we move peace forward or secure Israel that is non military or non belligerent or doesn't talk about just crushing the opposition that that somehow is being soft or anti-Israel, I think we're going to have problems moving forward.
Senator Obama apparently viewed Israel as a "belligerent."
Has much changed?
Read the entire article in : The American Thinker

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