Obama continues to win Israeli ‘Hearts & Minds’
Can you believe these Americans?
Are they smoking Crack in the White House?
Now they are going to tell Israel where inside the Capital we can build, in this case a location in the heart of Jerusalem – Spitting distance from the Old City, a few hundred meters from Israel’s major University, short walking distance from the Hadassah Medical center, across the street from an Israeli government complex behind the ‘American Colony’.. to add further insult & irony to injury!
Jerusalem is the “unified capital of Israel and the capital of the Jewish people, and sovereignty over it is indisputable,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday …
“Hundreds of apartments in the west of the city were purchased by Arabs and we didn’t get involved. There is no prohibition against Arab residents buying apartments in the west of the city and there is no prohibition barring the city’s Jewish residents from buying or building in the east of the city,” Netanyahu added at the weekly cabinet meeting. “That is the policy of an open city that is not divided.
“We cannot accept the notion that Jews will not have the right to buy apartments specifically in Jerusalem. I can only imagine what would happen if they were forbidden from purchasing apartments in New York or London; there would be an international outcry. This has always been Israel’s policy and this is the policy of the current government,” the prime minister added.
Netanyahu’s remarks came after Ambassador to Washington Michael Oren was summoned to the US State Department over the week-end and was told that the Obama administration wanted Israel to put an end to construction work at the site of the historic Shepherd’s Hotel in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. [...]
The article goes on to list further statements by Israeli govt officials, calling the Americans ‘confused’ in essence. Indeed, that is what we have seen so far from Obama, mass confusion planet wide. Here’s a zoom in sat view of the area, which is a half mile from the Western Wall itself.
What jokers these Americans are! The Palestinians now demand anything they want, they think Saladin himself is in the White House.. Can you blame them?
President & Advisors like Mitchell live in an ‘Alternate Universe’
The Obama Administration is so out of touch with reality it has become dangerous to the planet as a whole. When the world’s superpower is living in neverland with the ghost of Michael Jackson it sends shockwaves of worry across the world, undermines stability everywhere. From Iran, to Jerusalem, to Honduras, across the Latin world, to the Capitals of Europe, to the free peoples of Asia – Nothing but alarm bells ringing from troubled concerned allies in hush hush tones over the Obama administrations strange removed from reality policies and his weakness.
That’s the only way to describe the Americans in the foreign policy realm these days. Keep on writing speeches, bless us with a bit more teleprompted oratory – In the mean time we will build housing in the heart of our Capital. Just like Ehud Barak, just like Ehud Olmert, just like Rabin, just like Sharon – Only one thing has changed here, President Clueless & his band of merry men in Sherwood Forest.
Recall Obama’s speeches to AIPAC, the ones where he stressed a fully ‘Undivided Jerusalem’ and a Jewish State of Israel when speaking to liberal American Jewish supporters to win their votes & applause for the news sound-byte, then denied it all and claims to have misspoken the very next day..
REUTERS – Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said on Sunday he used “poor phrasing” in a speech supporting Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.
“You know, the truth is that this was an example where we had some poor phrasing in the speech. And we immediately tried to correct the interpretation that was given,” he said in an interview aired on Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria — GPS.” “The point we were simply making was, is that we don’t want barbed wire running through Jerusalem, similar to the way it was prior to the ’67 war, that it is possible for us to create a Jerusalem that is cohesive and coherent,” Obama said.
Obama’s campaign has issued similar clarifications since the candidate’s speech to pro-Israel lobby group after he clinched the Democratic presidential nomination early last month. In the speech, Obama told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that if elected president in November, he would work for peace with a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
“Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided,” the Illinois senator said. Palestinian leaders reacted with anger and dismay.[...]
Or the time he ‘misspoke’ about his Uncle liberating Auschwitz..
UPDATE – United Israeli Front:
Even Kadima left of center party has had enough..
Knesset member for Kadima Otniel Schneller double barrels away in Hebrew; Slamming US Dept of State, Slamming American far left liberal so called ‘Pro-Israel’ groups like J-Street.
ראוי שמזכירת המדינה האמריקאית, הגברת קלינטון, תהיה בקשר עם ממשלת ישראל ותכבד את רצון רוב יהדות העולם, הרואה בירושלים את בירת העם היהודי כולו, ולא תסתמך על קבוצת מיעוט רדיקלית של מספר יהודים המקורבים לממשל והמבקשים ביקרו
Here is a translation of his comments..
‘It is expected that the Sec of State Mrs. Clinton be in contact with the Government of Israel and respect the will of the vast majority of Jews globally, everywhere, that Jerusalem is the Capital of the State of Israel – And will not rely on the opinions through recent meetings of a small sector of radical American Jewish groups with close & intimate ties to the Obama administration..’
Heh! – Take a second to ‘Reload’ there Otniel, and my thanks to the opposition for actually speaking out. Where is Tzipi Livni?..
Yoel Hasson, Kadima’s Chair adds (paraphrase from Hebrew):
The American request is totally illegitimate. Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel, not a settlement - it is important that the American administration come to terms with these realities..
UPD: Kadima now has these statements up as an official press release on their website, the website & statements are of course in Hebrew, the translation is above.
Update II – The CNN pretzel
I was amused by this CNN addition to the debate..
The project is being developed by American millionaire Irving Moskowitz on land that he purchased in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Moskowitz, an avid supporter of Jewish building in East Jerusalem, purchased the land in 1985.
The neighborhood, near Jerusalem’s Old City, is highly desired by Jewish nationalists. The land for the project includes the Shepherd Hotel, built in the 1930s for a leader of the Arab Palestinian movement. The property is abandoned.
Clearly the uproar in Israel is not that of ‘Jewish Nationalists’, but across all major party lines, making up over 80% of the population. While it may be coveted by Jewish, Palestinian, or Swedish ‘nationalists’ for all we care it is OWNED as per CNN’s own words privately by the developer, one Mr. Moskovitz.
You have a permit? You have bought land? You can build whether you are Jewish, Arab, Hindu or otherwise.. This whole Obama policy fixation and crazy talk about ‘Jewish Nationalists’ is really becoming absurd. These lands are bought and owned in all cases, restricting construction is nothing more than declaring “Jews are Not Allowed to Live Here”, period.
Update III: Bibi’s advisers.. Obama crossed a Red Line.
Indeed, all sorts of lines being crossed here, green lines, red lines.. No statement from either the White House or State Department so far, but I CAN’T WAIT for tomorrow’s State Dept briefing. Meanwhile the PA has confirmed the statement above of demanding anything & everything..
JPOST’s Khaled Abu Toameh does the strong legwork:
During the era of former US president George W. Bush, the Palestinians rarely complained about construction projects in the eastern sector of Jerusalem.
So why the PA’s sudden appeal to the new US administration to stop the construction project in Sheikh Jarrah?
There are probably two reasons.
First, the row between the Obama administration and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government over construction in Jewish settlements in the West Bank is seen by the PA leadership in Ramallah as a “positive development.” Since Obama appears to share this leadership’s view that the settlements are the major obstacle to peace in the Middle East, why not demand that he also halt the construction of new “settlements” in Jerusalem?
“Why not try? It might work,” remarked a PA official in Ramallah. [...]
WOW – The President has succeeded in actually slowing down & distancing the chances for peace in the ‘Peace Process’; by bolstering the Palestinians & making them even bolder with new unbridgeable demands at the expense of allied Israel. Nice Work Mr. President, looks like you got this one covered.. First the US Economy and now this! The President is clearly on a roll, maybe he should retire right now 3 years early? (Was worth a shot - As a famous Palestinian philosopher once said: Why not try? It might work.)
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