Sunday, September 29, 2013

President Obama Thinks (But What?)

Just after three o'clock in the afternoon last Tuesday, these words were spoken:

I want to say that President Abbas I think has consistently rejected violence, has recognized the need for peace...
September 24, 2013

He thinks?!

Now, there's a thought to ponder.

What did Abbas say last year on May 14th?

Resistance, including violence, is “determined at each stage by the national interest”

"[Senior Hamas members] preferred narrow party interests to the supreme national interest, using the word 'resistance' as if there was disagreement about it among Palestinians. I want to remind [them] that resistance to the occupation is a broad all-inclusive concept, with various means and tools, which are determined at each stage by the supreme national interest. It was we [Fatah] who initiated armed resistance for many years, and thanks to it, we obtained recognition of our rights, and [recognition] that the PLO is the legitimate and sole representative of the Palestinian people.”

And on March 21st this year, he limited his opposition to violence against civilians:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's political adviser said Thursday that Abbas condemns the rocket fire toward Sderot.

Abbas said: "We condemn violence against civilians no matter its source. We support a mutual ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. I supported the agreement Hamas and Israel reached by Egyptian mediation."

So much for "violence".

Obama did say more earlier in the morning that day:

The border of Israel and Palestine should be based on 1967 lines with mutually agreed-to swaps so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states with robust security provisions so that Israel retains the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threats... Friends of Israel, including the United States, must recognize that Israel’s security as a Jewish and democratic state depends upon the realization of a Palestinian state, and we should say so clearly.

and also this

the Palestinian Authority has been a critical mechanism to improve governance and increase transparency in the West Bank.  Obviously, the Palestinian Authority operates under significant constraints, including resource constraints.  But we think it's very important that we continue to support efforts that have been made by the Authority, for example, to improve internal security and professionalize security forces inside the Authority.  

That, Mr. President, is what encourages Palestinian violence.  The attitude that they are not really who they are, that their demands are not aimed at weaking Israel and permitting a future offensive.

Earlier, at the United Nations, he declared

I believe there’s a growing recognition within Israel that the occupation of the West Bank is tearing at the democratic fabric of the Jewish state

No, it isn't.

That's just your liberal-progressivism showing.


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