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Obama, Jerusalem and A Change We Can Believe In?

June 4, 2008
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Obama on Jerusalem:

“Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided”

Well, that’s a bit of a problem, my friend.  You see, even Israeli officials have been making statements that Jerusalem could be on the table.  During the Camp David Summit – Jerusalem was on the table with East Jerusalem to be controled by the Palestinians.  The UN does not recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.  And here’s the EU position:

“In the context of the two-state solution set out in the Roadmap , a fair solution should be found to the complex issue of Jerusalem, taking into account the political and religious concerns of all parties.

The EU opposes measures which would prejudge the outcome of permanent status negotiations on Jerusalem, basing its policy on the principles set out in UN Security Council Resolution 242 , notably the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force.”

Let me remind you of A Change We Can Believe In:

“Good morning. We all know that these are not the best of times for America’s reputation in the world. We know what the war in Iraq has cost us in lives and treasure, in influence and respect. We have seen the consequences of a foreign policy based on a flawed ideology, and a belief that tough talk can replace real strength and vision.

Many around the world are disappointed with our actions. And many in our own country have come to doubt either our wisdom or our capacity to shape events beyond our borders. Some have even suggested that America’s time has passed.”

It’s not that we’re doubting our wisdom or our capacity to shape events beyond our borders – it’s the fear of corrupt wisdom and knowing full well our capacity to shape events beyond our  borders. 

There is no doubt that the mistakes of the past six years have made our current task more difficult. World opinion has turned against us. And after all the lives lost and the billions of dollars spent, many Americans may find it tempting to turn inward, and cede our claim of leadership in world affairs.

Today it’s become fashionable to disparage the United Nations, the World Bank, and other international organizations. In fact, reform of these bodies is urgently needed if they are to keep pace with the fast-moving threats we face. Such real reform will not come, however, by dismissing the value of these institutions, or by bullying other countries to ratify changes we have drafted in isolation. Real reform will come because we convince others that they too have a stake in change – that such reforms will make their world, and not just ours, more secure.

Yet, with your statement you are dismissing the values of these institutions before you are even in office.  Now, it is you Mr. Obama that is putting on a position of having greater knowledge by going against the rest of the world and today Mr. Obama – the world’s eyes are on you. 

We have heard much over the last six years about how America’s larger purpose in the world is to promote the spread of freedom – that it is the yearning of all who live in the shadow of tyranny and despair.

I agree. But this yearning is not satisfied by simply deposing a dictator and setting up a ballot box. The true desire of all mankind is not only to live free lives, but lives marked by dignity and opportunity; by security and simple justice.

And you have just now, Mr. Obama, taken a side on an issue that was negotiable a step that was above and beyond any presidential policies on Jerusalem.  We have the Jerusalem Embassy Act but have you asked yourself why it has not been implemented by any president, including George Bush, since it was passed in 1995.  Have you asked yourself why it was suspended semi-annually by each and every president since then? 

More to the point, though, how are you ensuring Palestinians living in dignity and opportunity?  Certainly, you must understand that simple justice is negated with an endorsement of an undivided Jerusalem serving as Israel’s capital.  You must understand that as Israel’s strongest ally such endorsement makes it difficult for any Israeli peace negotiatiators to include Jerusalem as a shared capital – that such endorsement may sway general Israeli public opinion on the matter?  You must understand that a shared Jerusalem has been crucial to every Palestinian?  You must understand that a shared Jerusalem has been crucial for every Muslim who has a desire to ever visit Jerusalem?

Who knows, maybe the Palestinians and Israelis could come to a peace agreement which includes Jerusalem as an undivided capital of Israel – but that needs to be an agreement that they come to on their own .. not because you say it is a must.  Simple justice.

Otherwise – congrats on becomming the Democratic National Presidential Nominee.  You are still America’s greatest hope – hopefully you’ll always revisit your own words and be that promise of change we are all so in need of.

 

 

 

14 Comments leave one →
  1. mississippi permalink
    June 4, 2008 8:03 pm

    mississippi is obama country!!! they are only concerned about isreal and not america. they see america as a bank for thier use and play on our since of religion and there supposed place in it. they are anti-ameica. they are not friends to the american people and the ameican people know this. polls reflect this but, inside the belt-way they still want to give isreal 10 bil a yr. i’d rather be called anti-isreal than what they are anti-american. obama dont need there permission to be president of usa.

  2. June 4, 2008 8:12 pm

    Barrack Hussein Obama was saying just what the pro-Israel assembly at the speech, wanted to hear. In reality, a President Hussein Obama will sell Jerusalem and our critical Semite allies in Israel, away to Al Qa’iaeda interests. He will abandon our only staunch and steadfast ally in the region, and invite the Islamofacist armies to invade first Europe and then America.

    John McCain is a man we can trust. John McCain will have the courage and wisdom to see Jerusalem divided in his first term in office, so he may evoke the words of our second-Greatest President, Ronald Reagan, and say to the Palestinians, “Hezzbollah, tear down that wall!” And at that point, the Palestinian terrorists will be so diminished by Israel’s ongoing sanctions and air strikes that they will surrender completely. A new era of peace will reign, and soon will return Our Lord Jesus Christ, as prophecised in the Bible.

  3. June 4, 2008 10:59 pm

    Dr. Ted – “Barrack Hussein Obama was saying just what the pro-Israel assembly at the speech, wanted to hear. In reality, a President Hussein Obama will sell Jerusalem and our critical Semite allies in Israel, away to Al Qa’iaeda interests. He will abandon our only staunch and steadfast ally in the region, and invite the Islamofacist armies to invade first Europe and then America.”

    You got some sort of psychic abilities or something?

  4. John Corbett permalink
    June 4, 2008 11:21 pm

    I just love how many right-wingers, who have no argument against what Obama ACTUALLY says, simply ignore his long track record of statements and just make up whatever fantasy about him they want to believe. Such people really need some professional help.

    (And I love how they have no problem believing what McCain says at face value…)

  5. Steve permalink
    June 5, 2008 1:07 pm

    Actually, Obama’s speech was evidence enough that he panders to special interests to the highest degree possible. GW has not even gone as far to confirm that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel, not to this extent.

    The Fact is that Jerusalem, in its entirety, is not in Israel. The vast majority of the UN regards Jerusalem, in its entirety, as being illegally occupied by Israel. Jerusalem is an international city fully under the jurisdiction of the UN. It has been that way and was part of the agreement to recognize Israel as a nation. Since then Jerusalem has been illegally occupied from both Jordan and Israel, exchanging hands through acts of war, which is also illegal.

    It is beyond me that an educated liberal can ignore all facts, praise and support the Zionist agenda, turn his back on the world community to a degree not seen before.

    Obama lost my support after his AIPAC speech. I now see him as potentially being the most dangerous man alive, the damage and devastation far beyond anything GW has accomplished.

  6. June 5, 2008 5:13 pm

    Mr. Baehr,
    I respectfully asked you not to disclose my future plans to the unwashed. Your resignation is requested immediately.

    I AM.

  7. June 5, 2008 9:14 pm

    😆

    Great comments, all!

    We shouldn’t forget that Obama is gaffe-prone maybe he’ll explain that meant to say something else but, you know, he’s tired… or something.
    😆

  8. June 5, 2008 10:53 pm

    Konservo – lol – yeah wonderful comments (insert rolling eyes smiley here). Even if it was a slip up (which I don’t think it was) he’s not going to be making statements that he meant to say something else. Those who back him are making the “well, he’s got to be able to get there to make change” while McCain is not going to be making an issue of this because to do so is going to damage his credibility with the AIPAC crowd and the other folk that are waiting for Jesus to come back – okay maybe not the doctor up there but he’d probably divide up that crowd on the issue.

    Obama managed four things with this yesterday:

    1. He discredited McCain’s attacks on Obama’s diplomacy policy.

    2. He showed his allegiance to Israel – above and beyond what even McCain and Bush have been touting.

    3. He got Hamas to disown him – lol.

    and the fourth is something he either didn’t consider or thought was sacrificable –

    4. He lost some voters who otherwise were undecided – who liked what Obama stood for but now see him as just another politician.

    but actually there is a fifth which possibly makes the number 4 point a wash

    5. He gained some republican supporters.

    I seriously doubt he’s going to be backtracking on this issue – during the campaign. If he gets elected though – if he’s really dedicated to the Israel/Palestinian peace process – he’s going to have to.

    John – Yeah, I agree.

    Steve – So what are you going to do with your vote? I personally can’t fathom the thought of another four years of Bu(ll)shite politics which is all McCain has to offer and to divide up the democratic vote with an independent just may make another four years of bullshit a reallity.

  9. June 6, 2008 3:29 am

    a campaign adviser clarified Thursday that Obama believes “Jerusalem is a final status issue, which means it has to be negotiated between the two parties” as part of “an agreement that they both can live with.”

    JPost

    Oooh… I see.

    Wait, what?

    Sounds like backtracking to me. Not only does this “clarification” cost him some of those Repub votes, but it makes him look even more like a typical spineless politician.

    McSame ’08

  10. June 6, 2008 3:37 am

    maybe Obama got my email🙂

    I don’t think it makes him look more like a typical spineless politician because as I stated in all my points up there – he had no reason to backtrack on it.

  11. Steve permalink
    June 6, 2008 11:30 am

    My conscience would not allow me to Vote for one bad guy, just to keep the other bad guy out of office. A vote is a show of belief and support. People who voted GW into office have blood on their hands, those who did not vote are also responsible for all bad that’s happened. My conscience is clear. While i’m a registered dem, i have voted 3rd party over the past few elections and never regretted it. I always vote. Everyone should vote. It should be a law. That would rid us of the current 2 party system. wishful thinking…

  12. hassan permalink
    June 7, 2008 5:45 am

    Steve said:

    Actually, Obama’s speech was evidence enough that he panders to special interests to the highest degree possible. GW has not even gone as far to confirm that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel, not to this extent.

    Obama lost my support after his AIPAC speech. I now see him as potentially being the most dangerous man alive, the damage and devastation far beyond anything GW has accomplished.

    You’ve said it succinctly! I regretted voting for Ron Paul in the primary cause; it was so against the grain even for a Muslim. Then I got excited about Obama. Now I am utterly thankful I didn’t cast a ballot for this Devil! And I wont this fall. He is fake and dangerous! We shouldn’t let our ‘warm’ feelings obscure the reality from us.

  13. June 7, 2008 10:19 pm

    remember the old american cowboy tv shows. After every agreement the indians made with the cowboys, one indian would shake his head and say..”whiteman speak with fork tongue” Obama has learned well!
    Then again, how far would any US politiacain get always telling the truth?
    Samaha…I really hope you are correct!

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