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    Obama’s Israel policy still misguided

    Obama’s Israel policy still misguided

    Obama gave a good speech at the U.N. last week, I credited him with that.

    But his Israel policy still encourages Palestinian intransigence, as evidenced by his demands that Israel cease building new housing units in the Jewish neighborhood of Gilo.  Gilo occupies a strategic hilltop in Jersusalem from which Arabs used to fire upon Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem prior to the 1967 war.

    As explained by Jonathan Tobin:

    Those who believed the Obama administration’s attitude toward Israel has changed for the better got a rude wakeup call today when Washington condemned the start of a housing project in Jerusalem….

    The first thing that needs to be understood is Gilo is no settlement. Built on the southern border of the city, it was established more than 40 years ago and is the home of approximately 40,000 residents of Israel’s capital. Up until Barack Obama​ took office, it was not the subject of much, if any comment, by any previous administration. By seeking to force Israel to cease building houses in existing Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Obama has legitimized Palestinian demands for not only a re-division of the city but also their desire to evict the more than 200,000 Jews who live in those parts that were illegally occupied by Jordan between 1948 and 1967….

    It should also be pointed out that far from being an obstacle to a putative peace deal, building in Gilo — or any other part of Jerusalem — would have no effect on the creation of a Palestinian state if a peace deal should ever be signed. It is generally understood that even according to President Obama’s idea of a border being created along the 1967 lines with land swaps that Jewish Jerusalem would remain under Israeli sovereignty. The only way homes in Gilo could be construed as an obstacle to peace is if the vision of peace being pursued is one in which every Jew is thrown out of much of the city.

    Indeed, people in Israel were surprised when, in November 2009, Obama referred to Gilo as a settlement:

    Gilo is home to 40,000 people and seems so indistinguishable from the rest of the city that residents and officials were surprised to hear US President Barack Obama refer to it as a “settlement” during an interview he gave to Fox News in China on Wednesday.

    Nothing has changed.  Obama still feeds the dead-end Palestinian dream of evicting Jews from all land occupied by Jordan prior to the 1967 war, as part of their desire (which they express openly among themselves) to destroying Israel as a Jewish state.


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    In calling Gilo a settlement, obama shows his lack of knowledge about just one more thing. He only knows the propaganda he has been taught throughout his life and “settlements” no matter how large a city is natural to him.

    I cannot understand why buildng apartment buildings in Jerusalem is a subject for such controversy. Really, what right does any other country have in interfering with this? Does Canada have the right to tell us not to build anything in our country? Of course, Canada is not trying to take over the US like the Palestinians are Israel. This is catering to the Palestinian idiotism as usual. It is as if the Palestinians regard Jerusalem as their city now not as they hope it to be in the future. Obama has insinuated himself in matters that should not concern him or the US. As far as I can see it, obama regards any city the Palestinians desire as settlements because that is how his mind works.

    Why is obama concerning himself with this subject when other muslim countries are shooting their citizens in the streets? His priorities are realy skewed. He realy should take some time off from campaigning and read up on what is happening in the real world.

    Exactly, where do ex-State Department employees go after being let go ? The Logan Act precludes them from continuing in the “private sector” so I guess lobbying for foreign governments is all that is left for them domestically. Perhaps, they forgot that they haven’t had their ass thrown out yet.

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