Did Pres. Obama throw Israel under the bus?

Discussion in 'World Events' started by quantum_wave, May 20, 2011.

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Did he or didn't he?

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  1. quantum_wave Contemplating the "as yet" unknown Valued Senior Member

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    Do you support President Obama's Middle East policy as announced today or did he throw Israel under the bus?
     
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  3. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

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    Its nothing but public posturing, Obama isn't going to do anything about Israel. He hasn't really been able to negotiate anything with them unless you consider negotiating being

    Obama: I want you to remove settlements.

    Israel: No.

    Obama: Ok I want you to halt settlements.

    Israel: No.

    Then Obama goes away and peace talks come to a grinding halt.

    So it doesn't matter what Obama says he wants to see happen, as you can see from the response:


    'Reacting to the address shortly afterwards, Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said a Palestinian state should not be established at the "expense of Israeli existence". He appreciated the US president's address but rejected any withdrawal tp "indefensible" 1967 borders.'

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/05/2011519145837856559.html

    That's just a longer way of saying 'no' and there is no 'or else' in Obama's plans.
     
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  5. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

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    If Obama were serious he would tell Israel that they would not get any more funds from the US until they come to a peace conclusion and leave the ball in their court. I think he's just doing this so he can seem 'progressive', a kind of image boost. All talk and inaction behind the scenes.
     
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  7. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    Really fix Israel, a ban on the tranfer of funds and the sale of any weapons or weapon components
     
  8. p-brane Registered Senior Member

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    Let the stupidity begin...


    ...and they're off!

    :roflmao:
     
  9. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Since the essence of the speech was embracing the Zionist narrative I don't understand the reaction of the OP

    However I did not watch the speech so any points where he refuted the above would be appreciated.
     
  10. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    Ops sorry forgot that the US and Israel's shit doesn't stink because they are the moral leaders of the world, when they kill civillans and babies its right and moral because its them doing it. Right p-brain

    USA UAS, RAH RAH RAH
     
  11. spidergoat Venued Serial Membership Valued Senior Member

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    Wanting a reasonable peace is not a "Zionist narrative".
     
  12. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

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    Its because some israeli represented said it was like 'throwing israel under a bus'. You can read the gist of the speech in the link I posted. Obama said that the right of return and jerusalem would be worked out later.
     
  13. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    I still don't understand what the argument is about. The settlements? Land swaps? Holding Israel to an agreement they have signed?

    Today in WSJ:

    So what is it they want?
     
  14. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

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    Well I think they want Obama to sit back and shut his trap.

    As far as the argument is concerned, I'm not sure if there is really an argument save the Israeli's are pissed that Obama got up and said they should move back to 1967 borders when the Israeli's are saying that would be a security nightmare or some such thing. It would mean land swaps. But you know Israel, they'll be full of umbrage and go off in a huff and ignore Obama leading to more silence in terms of peace negotiation. Like his famous late showing of the birth certificate I think its too late to speak of borders and such when he has basically failed at bringing both parties to the negotiating table. If he felt Israel should go back to 67 borders then he should have said as much in the beginning. What makes him think they will listen to any of this when they wouldn't even halt settlement building? Obama is doing this for himself, his image, not because he really expects to make any headway. That's my opinion anyway.
     
  15. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    What is "reasonable peace" in a society where car adverts indicate power by running over Palestinian children?

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    Yes, I know Palestinians are dehumanised by Israeli society, but promoting running over their children? Bizarre! And this is what American Jews want more of?



    I hear a lot about what they do not want, what is a security nightmare, what they do not care for, what they are unwilling to do.

    Have they indicated anywhere at all what they do want?

    What do American Jews want Obama to do about Israel in return for moolah to support his reelection?
     
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  16. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

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    Security against attacks, they have that territory because they were attacked, fruits of war. What they don't want is to give up territory if it means moving back to 1967 borders. What they do want cannot be known until there is a negotiation.

    This isn't about american jews. Asking that question is like asking what african-americans think. American jews are not a single mold of jello. When I talk to you I don't think you are giving me Indian views or even muslim views, you are only stating your personal views.

    By the way that is not a real Subaru ad. You should remove the propaganda.
     
  17. Bells Staff Member

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    I think it is more a case of what is not acceptable to Netanyahu and the right in Israel.

    But it is getting to the point of crunch time. Mr Zeev Sternhell wrote a very good article about what was to have been Netanyahu's visit to the US and the declining moral position of Israel in the world stage:

    "Under the guise of security considerations and the war on terror hides the real, ideological reason: In the right's view, recognizing the equal national rights of the Palestinians means forgoing exclusive Jewish ownership of the Land of Israel. From the point of view of members of the Israeli rejectionist front, recognizing the equality of Jewish and Arab rights on both sides of the Green Line is tantamount to betraying Jewish history.

    But since the number of people who are still prepared to buy an argument of this kind is diminishing worldwide, Israel is on a collision course with all our allies and supporters. And at the end of this road, it is liable to become a pariah state."



    Netanyahu has already come out and declared that the agreed 1967 border is not viable.. now tie it in with what Mr Sternhell pointed out - that under the guise of terrorism....

    Savvy?
     
  18. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Okay what do the various groups of people who think Obama threw Israel under the bus consider he should do? I only articulated American Jews because according to WSJ they are threatening to pull his funding for elections based on the speech - but nowhere do they declare what they want. I don't see any other groups making a similar threat - ie Israel or Bust

    Meanwhile, what Obama said is exactly what George Bush said i.e.

    IOW, Bush also supported a return to 1967 borders, not 1948 ones.


    Again, agreed, we hear ye, we hear ye.

    So what does Netanyahu want? There are 10 million stateless Palestinians, 5 of them in occupied territories, 5 of them in refugee camps

    Palestinian refugees are "a threat to Israel"
    1967 borders are "indefensible" [read: threat to Israel]
    So what do they want? One state for all citizens?

    You're right - it is a fake ad circulating the west bank, of a real incident nine months ago when David Birri [head of Elad] ran over some teens in Silwan

    http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=190682
     
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  19. pjdude1219 The biscuit has risen Valued Senior Member

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    typical Israel supporter. making arguments without doing the requisite research. guess what princess doesn't fucking matter that they were "attacked" ( in actuality they have been doing the attacking) it is against international law to take land in war. even defensive ones. and even if perchance they did manage to convince people itwas their most important ally the US can not legally recognize those gains so it becomes a moot point.
    of course they don't no thief ever wants to give up the loot. that doesn't mean they have a right to it.
    why would Israel negotiate. they can continue their wars of conquest have people like you supporting their warmongering, ethnic cleansing, and theft.
     
  20. Bells Staff Member

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    He does not want to freeze the settlements or give back settlement land. He does not want swaps and he does not want to not have an Israeli presence on Jordan's border. He also does not want a Palestinian majority in Israel and he does not want Palestinians to be in a position where they can prosper financially on their own without their control.


    It is more a case of what Netanyahu does not want.
     
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  21. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

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    @Sam

    It was a response not a discussion.

    Of course he says the same mantra as former presidents. Does this surprise you? As long as they keep their purse strings open its not a real response only a suggestion, and a politically motivated one at that. There isn't any muscle behind his remarks.
     
  22. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

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    @PJ

    I know the few brain cells you have are struggling for survival so I will keep it simple. Relating what it is already stated by the Israeli government does not make anyone a 'war supporter', but simply stating what it is reported.

    Go on now. I'm sure your mommy has a lolly waiting for you.
     
  23. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Okay so where does he place the borders of Israel?

    If he does not want swaps or an Israeli presence on the Jordan border what does he propose to do with Jordan? Move it somewhere else?

    Palestinian home demolished by Israeli troops in Jordan Valley
    So what is his proposal for the Palestinians, both in and outside the occupied territories?

    We've had too much focus on what Israel does not want. Let us focus on the suggestions they are agreeable to.



    Thats a very vague statement. What is a response not a discussion? Whose purse strings are open?
     

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