Sunday, May 22, 2011

Obama: 'God Bless Israel'

From his AIPAC speech today:-

Now, I have said repeatedly that core issues can only be negotiated in direct talks between the parties. (Applause.) And I indicated on Thursday that the recent agreement between Fatah and Hamas poses an enormous obstacle to peace. (Applause.) No country can be expected to negotiate with a terrorist organization sworn to its destruction. (Applause.) And we will continue to demand that Hamas accept the basic responsibilities of peace, including recognizing Israel’s right to exist and rejecting violence and adhering to all existing agreements. (Applause.) And we once again call on Hamas to release Gilad Shalit, who has been kept from his family for five long years. (Applause.)

...I stated publicly the principles...the broad outlines of which have been known for many years, and have been the template for discussions between the United States, Israel, and the Palestinians since at least the Clinton administration. [how many years is that? maybe 10 out of 43 ?]

I know that stating these principles -- on the issues of territory and security -- generated some controversy over the past few days. (Laughter.)...Here are the facts we all must confront. First, the number of Palestinians living west of the Jordan River is growing rapidly and fundamentally reshaping the demographic realities of both Israel and the Palestinian Territories. This will make it harder and harder -- without a peace deal -- to maintain Israel as both a Jewish state and a democratic state. [but are those demographic figures that threatening? ]

Second, technology will make it harder for Israel to defend itself in the absence of a genuine peace. Third, a new generation of Arabs is reshaping the region.

...No vote at the United Nations will ever create an independent Palestinian state. And the United States will stand up against efforts to single Israel out at the United Nations or in any international forum. (Applause.) Israel’s legitimacy is not a matter for debate. That is my commitment; that is my pledge to all of you. (Applause.)...Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with Palestinians who do not recognize its right to exist. (Applause.) And we will hold the Palestinians accountable for their actions and for their rhetoric. (Applause.)

...the United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps -- (applause) -- so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state...Israel must be able to defend itself –- by itself -– against any threat. (Applause.) Provisions must also be robust enough to prevent a resurgence of terrorism, to stop the infiltration of weapons, and to provide effective border security. (Applause.) And a full and phased withdrawal of Israeli military forces should be coordinated with the assumption of Palestinian security responsibility in a sovereign and non-militarized state. (Applause.) And the duration of this transition period must be agreed, and the effectiveness of security arrangements must be demonstrated. (Applause.)

...let me reaffirm what “1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps” means.  By definition, it means that the parties themselves -– Israelis and Palestinians -– will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967. (Applause.) That’s what mutually agreed-upon swaps means. It is a well-known formula to all who have worked on this issue for a generation. It allows the parties themselves to account for the changes that have taken place over the last 44 years. (Applause.) It allows the parties themselves to take account of those changes, including the new demographic realities on the ground, and the needs of both sides. The ultimate goal is two states for two people: Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people -- (applause) -- and the State of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people -- each state in joined self-determination, mutual recognition, and peace. (Applause.)

...I will call not just on Israel, but on the Palestinians, on the Arab States, and the international community to join us in this effort, because the burden of making hard choices must not be Israel’s alone. (Applause.)...a genuine peace is the only path that will ultimately provide for a peaceful Palestine as the homeland of the Palestinian people and a Jewish state of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. (Applause.)

...Thank you. God bless you. God bless Israel, and God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

Hey, where did Jerusalem go? Did he read my blog post? Did my talk with an American diplomat go up to him that fast?

Ah, JTA notices:

This time at AIPAC, Obama didn’t talk about Jerusalem because he knew his views on the matter would not be welcome, observed Martin Indyk, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel and now a vice president at the Brookings Institution, during a panel discussion at AIPAC immediately after the president’s address.

That's a poor excuse.



Suzanne Pomeranz said...

"Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state..."

Which, of course, means, cutting Israel into two pieces... "Israel must be able to defend itself –- by itself..." - and how, exactly, does he think we'll be able to do that when half the country is in one place and half in another???

"permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt..." So - we're supposed to give up the Jordan Valley and part of the Dead Sea as well???

Does he really think we are all that stupid? He is pronouncing a death sentence on Israel.

I wish the AIPAC (and other) folks would STOP applauding and realize to what they are agreeing!

Anonymous said...

in 2008, obama made a totally different speech to aipac

im used to politicians lying....but not so blatantly

obama is not a friend of israel

and the arabs do not deserve another state