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Credit where credit is due for our President

Original post made by jimf01, another community, on Sep 22, 2011

President Obama stood in front of the UN General Assembly yesterday morning and said, "And friends of the Palestinians do them no favors by ignoring this truth, just as friends of Israel must recognize the need to pursue a two state solution with a secure Israel next to an independent Palestine. That is the truth. Each side has legitimate aspirations – and that is what makes peace so hard. And the deadlock will only be broken when each side learns to stand in each others shoes. Each side can see the world through the others eyes. That's what we should be encouraging."

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Obama's tone of voice throughout much of the speech was similar to that of his recent Congressional address on jobs, aggressive and a little excited, in contrast with his usual smooth, quiet oration.

The Israel haters already have the knives out, conservatives are fairly mum about the speech(silence means approval I guess), and the change of stance is being downplayed by quite a broad swath of the mainstream media. Many media outlets are focusing on the Palestinian negative reaction to the speech, and their continuing request to the UN for an independent Palestinian state.

I personally applaud the President's remarks. The Palestinians hard line stance, with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas saying as recently as December of last year, "I will never allow a single Israeli to live among us on Palestinian land" is in stark contrast to that of the Israelis, who have continuously sought peace with their Arab neighbors, and indeed coexist peacefully with Arabs and Christians in Jerusalem today.

The President had little to lose, and much to gain politically yesterday, going in to the 2012 election with domestic problems aplenty. But the cynical view that the President aimed his words only at the Jews in the US who supported his election in 2008, support he needs for re-election, is not warranted here. This was the grand stage, the United Nations. To tell the Palestinians to their faces that they need to negotiate peace with their neighbors took a bit of guts.
At the same time, this speech might have had more impact if not for his earlier missteps on this subject, declaring that the 1967 pre-war borders ought to be the starting point of negotiations between the Arabs and the Jews:
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Compare this page A1 story from May to today’s New York Times A1, "Obama Rebuffed as Palestinians Pursue U.N. Seat":Web Link
which declares in it's second paragraph: "The United States is facing the prospect of having to share, or even cede, its decades-long role as the architect of Middle East peacemaking." The NYT described his speech as 'difficult'.
In my opinion, it is only difficult for those who don't expect the Palestinian people to behave the same as the Israelis in the pursuit of peace.

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Posted by Ann Marie
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I support Israel, and I support President Obama on Israel.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Let's hope that the two sides can come to a mutually advantageous agreement, one which allows the people on both sides to live their lives peacefully and with dignity.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Siena
on Sep 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

Conservatives are mum about his speech? You must live in the world of NBC and the New York Times. Dig a bit further and you will see what conservatives thought of his bumbling, fumbling speech at the UN. This president is arrogantly dangerous and as got to go. I can't believe how many people continue to support this guy now that we know who he is. I gave you Obama-supporters a free pass at the beginning, because he was an empty suit and you could fill him with whatever your mind wanted him to be. He had almost no record to run on, and I sat back and watched in amazement at how people whom I thought were intelligent were suddenly goo-goo eyed for Obama. But now that he has a record of everything he touches turns to crap, and you STILL think he's a great president. It makes no sense. Obama is on friend to Israel. I'm not going to bother to explain it, because it is very complex and lengthy, and I've learned that arguing with liberals is liking arguing with a two year old.

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Posted by Elle
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

Amen Joe

The president should not be applauded. It took no guts to stay neutral and encourage peace. He should reprimand the Palestinians for refusing to pursue peace. Simple. Don't have to dig too deep to see that. Statements made by both sides reveal it all. People just chose to ignore truth when it is in conflict with their views. Pride, perhaps. Foolishness?

And btw why is Ahman... even allowed in our country after his quotes of wishing america destroyed. Baffling. Truly.

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I agree with Elle, why is the president of Iran even allowed to come to the US when he has clearly stated that he wishes to destroy America. We should not let him in!!
As for our president encouraging both sides to try to understand each other..the time for that is over. The Palestinians have stated their objective: to wipe out Israel. Who doesn't get that? There can be no compromise with crazies!

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Posted by James
a resident of Siena
on Sep 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Joe is the exact reason why our world is so screwed up when it comes to peace accords. He's mean spirited and just lambasted Jim about his take on Obama's UN speech, even categorized his place on the political spectrum all in the same breath.....Wow, switch to decaf and lighten up dude!'re probably a crotchety old nitemare who needs to get a little sumpin'-sumpin'....Ciao grouchy! Keep watching Fox news

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Posted by Too Little Too Late
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Sep 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Mr Obama is no friend of Israel. He has proven this time and again by tossing jews out in traffic. Don't ask me...I am not jewish...ask the jews, a traditional constiuency, that all polls show that he is losing fast, the same with the Hispanic vote.

He was forced into his position at the UN today, and like every other big decison he made it because it was politicaly expedient.

I too drank the Kool-Aide, but like a lot of people who did, I have grown weary of his obvious lack of conviction and his willingness to bend in the easiest direction no matter what the consequences.

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Posted by Robin
a resident of Foothill High School
on Sep 26, 2011 at 9:19 am

I find it doesn't matter what Obama does, the "ditto heads" will always find something bad to say.

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Posted by PMike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm

There are two sides to this long-term conflict, and plenty of blame to go around on both of them.

Our very own president Barak Obama, continuing the tradition of a long line of American administrations, is promoting peace in the Middle East through dialogue between the parties of the conflict.

How can this be bad?


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Some angry folks have a need to split-off President Obama as a bad object. Anger is a sequelae of depression.

my advice: swallow a bitter pill and

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