Wednesday, September 23, 2009

So, Now I'm Illegitimate?! Obama Joins Ahmadinejad's Lexicon


President Barack Obama called Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegitimate a day after he praised Israel for showing restraint in their construction, a comment that had left Palestinians angry.

“We continue to call on Palestinians to end incitement against Israel. And we continue to emphasize that America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements,” Obama said in a speech today before the United Nations General Assembly.

I asked once before if illegitimate is worse than illegal and I still am not sure.

After all:

Saeb Erakat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said Obama’s address to the UN was “encouraging.”

“We very much appreciate President Obama’s statements on settlements being illegal and his calling for an end of the occupation,” Erakat said in a telephone interview.

And guess who thinks like Obama - or is that Obama thinking like him?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called Israel a "counterfeit and illegitimate regime that cannot survive", in a live broadcast on state television.

"The Zionist regime is counterfeit and illegitimate and cannot survive," he said in a speech to a crowd in the town of Islamshahr in southwestern Tehran.

See here.


mrzee said...

Re: Erakat referring to "illegal" settlements as opposed to "illegitimate"

He's not the palestinian's official spokesliar for nothing!

NormanF said...

As if there is a difference. I'm not expecting the US to be Zionist. It does need to keep good relations with the Arabs. That said, the world has condemned the revanants for decades and they are still there!

I submit facts on the ground are a mightier weapon than the wicked tongue!