Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tampa Obama

President Obama's visit today to Tampa was reported this way:

"We are working to try to strengthen the ability of both parties to have to sit down across the table," Obama said...

Obama blamed internal politics both in Israel and the Palestinian territories for constraining peace diplomacy. He cited problems faced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who the president said "is making some effort to move a little bit further than his coalition wants to go."

Netanyahu's right-leaning government includes pro-settler parties strongly opposed to ceding occupied land to the Palestinians for a future state.

Obama said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas "genuinely wants peace" but has to deal with Hamas, a militant group that refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist...

Saying Israelis and Palestinians both have "legitimate aspirations," Obama sought to reassert his administration's ability to act as an even-handed broker.

"Israel is one of our strongest allies," Obama said. "It's critical for us, and I will never waver from ensuring Israel's security."

But he quickly insisted, "The plight of the Palestinians is something that we have to pay attention to. It is not good for our security and for Israel's security if you have millions of individuals who feel hopeless."

But it started this way:

During President Obama's town hall this afternoon in Tampa, Florida, a young woman asked a pointed question about Israel and human rights that stirred up the crowd and prompted a long answer from Obama.

She asked the president:

Last night in your State of the Union address, you spoke of America's support for human rights. Then, why have we not condemned Israel and Egypt's human rights violations against the occupied Palestinian people and yet we continue to support financially with billions of dollars coming from our tax dollars?

That was a neat coup by the pro-Pal. student, or a planted question?

Her name is Leila:

More here.


Meir said...

She IS a Palestinian (frankly I prefer her to you since you don't seem to do anything to stop the violent settler youth, which is incumbent upon you as a West Bank settler [which you're perfectly valid to live and build there IF you personally own the land you're on] if you have any conscience); presumably her group had her ask it rather than the guy next to her because she doesn't "look Arab"; probably because her ancestors didn't intermix so much with the Islamic invaders
If you're interested despite my pointed remarks about you in my comment

YMedad said...

Thanks Meir. Sorry but seems I can't leave a comment by you and no email address. Oh well.

Anyway, I am trying to calm down the several hundred anarchists out by us.

As for Leila and Egypt, well, after all, those darn Egyptians killed those Hamas demonstrators in Gaza last week, no? And why not bring down Egypt who is holding the fort against Islamic extremism, right?

Isn't that what is taught at American campuses: give in to terror.