JERUSALEM -- Insisting "peace is possible," President Barack Obama on Thursday prodded both Israelis and Palestinians to return to long-stalled negotiations with few, if any, pre-conditions, softening his earlier demands that Israel stop building settlements in disputed territory. The president made his appeal just hours after rockets fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza landed in a southern Israeli border town, a fresh reminder of the severe security risks and tensions that have stymied peace efforts for decades. Obama, on his second day in the Middle East, shuttled between Jerusalem and Ramallah, reaching out to the public as well as political leaders.
Julie´s as ignorant as Obama. The Palestinians want much, much more than a return to ´67 borders. They want a return to pre ´48 so they can conquer Israel. All Abbas has to do is recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
President Obama is simply reaffirming support for a two-state solution. That is a fair solution. Jews and Arabs both have claims to national states in the region of Palestine. Arabs have been there some 1000 years. No Israeli settlements in Palestinian state territory! Also Palestinians must recognize Israel´s right to exist. btw criticism of Likud policies is NOT anti-Semitism.
Here is more proof that Obama is sincere. Of course it is also proof that he is a fool - but we can be confident he is a sincere fool, for nobody who realized how absurd his ideas are about the Middle East problem could possibly say such things in public for fear of sounding like a fool. He is absolutely clueless. He has no idea, none whatsoever, that he does not know what he is talking about. And because he is a fool, he is incorrigible. He cannot learn. He is fated to return to his folly like a dog to its vomit.
Can any Obama supporter tell me one thing he has been honest about other than things that are detrimental to the United States - ie, energy production (real, not wind fairy dust), gun control, immigration - anything at all. Given the above why in the world would anyone believe what he had to say in that speech that the Israelis were madly cheering. I wonder if those folks will cheer as the palestinians, at best, evict them from their homes and, at worst, well, think nazi Germany.
Hearing the constant applause on my kitchen TV, I got up from the computer to see what audience could possibly give Obama that kind of a reception. It sure wasn´t the Knesset where Clinton and George W. went to address the Israelis. It was a room full of adolescent minded college students, lapping up every word of the pablum he´s fed the masses every stage of his political career. Pure emotionalism for the warm and fuzzy crowd no different than his adoring voters back home. How is it possible for Israelis of any age facing annihilation to fall for this?
Obama uses the proven strategy of a well-trained radical, rabel-rousing,community organizer. He goes to a middle eastern country. Incites the youth to over-throw the existing government. Then goes home and leaves the smoldering mess in his wake. I can´t fathom why no one has ever accused or convicted him of this practice. It seems very clear. On an unrelated topic; the bible says this about the antichrist "For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them" and "Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity."
As others have long noted and commented upon, if radical Leftists like Obama and others exerted a mere fraction of the energy and good will they regularly devote to trying to befriend an bridge gaps and compomise and accommodate foreign critics and downright declared foes of the United States to working constructively with their domestic Republican opposition, American politics would be a much nicer and productive activity. It is perfectly amazing that people who cannot or will not get along with Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, not to mention John Boehner et al., actually believe they are going to achieve breakthroughs and great strides with foreigners who have agendas and interests contrary to those of America.
Yet this curious naivete is completely characteristic of Leftist fantasy ideology. It seems to be a part of the ideology itself. As far back as one cares to look American Leftists have been leaving no stone unturned to appease, apologize for, accommodate, reason with, adapt to and compromise with foreign enemies of America and Western values. The case of Joseph Stalin and the USSR is but one of the most outstanding and disgusting examples. We should not forget, either, how few are the former Stalinists and USSR apologists on the Left who have ever publicly and unequivocally proclaimed their mea culpa and confessed that they were, after all, gravely mistaken. This is because more than many people realize do not accept that they were mistaken.
Obama and his gang are political amateurs who do not understand how the world works and who cannot even get along with their domestic political opponents, whom they hate with a fury several orders of magnitude greater than any animosity they entertain for manifest and declared enemies of America.
There´s a furor at the White House, and they did NOT SEE it coming. Also, Republicans came under attack over the weekend for a well-intended but impolitic tweet observing the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks´s arrest for defying segregation on a Montgomery, Ala., municipal bus. "Today we remember Rosa Parks´ bold stand and her role in ending racism," read the tweet from the Republican National Committee´s institutional account. "Of course, there´s nothing controversial about celebrating a woman today who played a big role in the American civil-rights movement," writes National Journal´s Matt Berman. "What is bothering some people today, though, is the
Here the liberals go again: trying with all their might to prop up an increasingly unpopular piece of legislation. This time, no less than Robert Reich has attempted to take the "moral" high road and claim that there is a "moral imperative" to ObamaCare. Reich noted that recently he heard a young man express that he would rather pay a penalty than be forced by law to purchase health insurance. According to Reich, the young man asked, "Why should I pay for the sick and the old?" Reich´s answer is telling: "The answer is he has a responsibility to do so,
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the heads of Israel’s intelligence community to look for proof that Iran is violating an interim deal signed with the international community last week over its nuclear program, a British newspaper reported on Sunday. The Israeli spying effort to expose Iranian duplicity represents a direct challenge to US President Barack Obama’s efforts, it said. Mossad, as well as the IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate, have been told to dig up evidence of Iranian duplicity ahead of Obama’s push to win support for the deal in Congress and thus head off legislators’ demands for further sanctions
For nearly 20 years, the secret code to authorize launching U.S. nuclear missiles, and starting World War III, was terrifyingly simple and even noted down on a checklist. From 1962, when John F Kennedy instituted PAL encoding on nuclear weapons, until 1977, the combination to fire the devastating missiles at the height of the Cold War was just 00000000. This was chosen by Strategic Air Command in an effort to make the weapons as quick and as easy to launch as possible, as reported by Today I Found Out. The Permissive Action Link (PAL) is a security device for nuclear weapons that it
The secret back channel of negotiations between Iran and the United States, which led to this month’s interim deal in Geneva on Iran’s rogue nuclear program, has also seen a series of prisoner releases by both sides, which have played a central role in bridging the distance between the two nations, the Times of Israel has been told. In the most dramatic of those releases, the US in April released a top Iranian scientist, Mojtaba Atarodi, who had been arrested in 2011 for attempting to acquire equipment that could be used for Iran’s military-nuclear programs. American and Iranian officials have
As America struggles with high unemployment and record inequality, everyone is offering competing solutions to the problem. In this war of words (and classes), one thing has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact. "Rich people create the jobs." Specifically, by starting and directing America´s companies, entrepreneurs and rich investors create the jobs that sustain everyone else. This statement is usually invoked to justify cutting taxes on entrepreneurs and investors. If only we reduce those taxes and regulations, the story goes, entrepreneurs and investors can be incented to build more companies and create more jobs. This argument ignores the fact
The U.S. released a top Iranian scientist Mojtaba Atarodi in April as part of the dealings with Iran in Geneva recently, the Times of Israel reported. The secret back channel of negotiations between Iran and the United States, which led to this month’s interim deal in Geneva on Iran’s rogue nuclear program, has also seen a series of prisoner releases by both sides, which have played a central role in bridging the distance between the two nations, the Times of Israel has been told. In the most dramatic of those releases, the US in April released a top Iranian scientist, Mojtaba Atarodi,
The nation’s view of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, colored by the horrific Benghazi assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya on her watch, has suddenly turned upside down, with more now holding an unfavorable opinion of the likely 2016 presidential candidate. A new YouGov/Economist poll found Clinton, whose approval ratings have typically been sky high, with an unfavorable rating of 48 percent, more than the 46 percent who have a favorable opinion of her. The YouGov pollsters said that the change in American attitudes toward Clinton "suggests that negative press surrounding the tragic
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Bill Clinton, the cliché goes, was the first black president, no matter his skin color. That being the case, Barack Obama is not the first black president, or the first African-American president, if you prefer, but the first hippie president. Clinton’s southern background and lifestyle were indeed more typically black, just as Obama’s was more typically hippie. And we’re not just talking about the “Choom gang” here, scarfing “Maui Wowie” on the sands of Oahu. We’re talking about all of it, the whole multi-culti-missing-white-mother-vanished-Kenyan-father-anti-imperialist-America-is-always-the-enemy-and-don’t-you-forget-it-nine-yards. And like most hippie culture as I knew and experienced it, it wasn’t about “peace and love.” Not
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn´s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents´ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. "The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting