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Obama harshly criticized by Republicans for also supporting Palestine

Saturday, June 6, 2009

By most who watched the speech to the Muslim world on Thursday had mixed reactions worldwide, but here in the United States, the Republicans especialy House Minority Leader John Boehner outwardly stated that Obama's approach to the Israeli-Palestinian question is definitely wrong.
Conservative thinking proves to back the idea that President Obama must take sides with Israel. But history has proven for over a century that picking one side or the other is like a stalemate in the game of chess. Nevertheless, he reiterated his stance with Israel, calling America's "strong bond" with Israel "unbreakable," he said,"It is based upon cultural and historical ties and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be
But in a big surprise to Israel, President Obama would not just pick sides with Israel, as would all other previous Presidents. He is not afraid to speak out as he noted the aspirations and grievances of both sides and said "But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth" He exhorted Palestinians that "resistance through violence and killing is wrong and it does not succeed". President Obama was referring to the attacks by Hamas and Palestine on Israel in a recent conflict, that prompted retaliation from the Israeli's which caused massive destruction and casualties throughout Palestine.
What did America do during that conflict? As you might recall, the issue turned out to be one of the very last issues that faced President Bush when he was still in office. President Bush did absolutely nothing militarily, but condemned Hamas and the Palestinians for attacking Israel. President Bush was not wrong, but in this case, he might have just as well been an Israeli himself. As President Obama says, he will always stand by Israel, but he recognizes the fact that choosing a hard stand on one side or the other will not help a thing. He claimed, "But if we see this conflict only from one side on or the other, then we will be blind to the truth".
The conservative movement outwardly blasted Obama's intentions, because they believe that Obama is putting equal blame on both Israelis and the Palestinians. Personally as the editor of this blog, I feel that if Hamas started attacking Israel, then Israel had a right to defend itself. But I also believe that Israel took advantage of the situation. They shelled Palestine day after day, and what Hamas did gave then the right to cross into Palestinian holdings and continue to attack Hamas on the ground. I believe that this is where President Obama will not firmly stay with Israel. He did not believe that Israel needed to cross the border and cause so much damage just to show the world how strong they were. There were many needless deaths and destruction, and guess who came to the aid of both sides of the battle? Yes, the United States has nothing better to do than to offer money to help rebuild the region and to provide humanitarian assistance.
President Bush did nothing at the time, except to take sides with Israel, and didn't want to commit any troops to help Israel and become involved in a 3rd war, along side Afghanistan and Iraq,and for maybe one of the first times in his presidency, he was right to do so. But unfortunately, there were so many decisions he made wrong in the past 8 years of his presidency concerning the middle east conflict, that you might say 'one right does not make up for many wrongs'. So in once sense, I applaud President Bush, but on the other hand, there isn't much to applaud about.
In one sided thinking, the conservatives in this country want the Palestinians and their supports throughout the Arab world should make concessions withing the Palestinian movement, and not Israel. Of course, this thinking has been proven over and over not to be correct. That was a suggestions of Republican Representative Mike Pence of Indiana.
For the Isralis, Obama said that the controversial Hamas movement-which controls Gaza, near Egypt, and hias significant support among Palestinians - must end violence and recognize past agreements. Republican strtegists now seem to think that Obama reversed the policy of President Bush and may have soured relations with Israel.

Watch more on Obamas speech in Cairo, Egypt

Watch President Obama discuss Israel..

But Obama is attacking the issues between Israel and Palestine from a totally different outlook. He believes that past negotiations would only work if both sides can agree. But almost always you will never get both sides to agree. Negotiators from both sides have tried many times to help resolve differences, but until Palestine stops trying to take the offensive and attack Israel, and until Israel stops trying to defend itself by taking the offensive and causing mass destruction with the Palestinians, a common agreement could never be formed between both parties.
President Obama is taking a totally different approach than has most all prior presidents, but in a very historic week starting with his speech in Cairo,Egypt to his visits and speeches through the region including Germany, President Obama is showing that he stands out in front of most all Presidents, and still has allot to offer with just 4 months of his first term as President in the White House.


vivacious wife June 9, 2009 at 10:29 PM  


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