martes, 8 de diciembre de 2009
Obama, un poco perdido...
It’s always a bad sign when a US president gets several rounds of heavy applause at the UN General Assembly, as Barack Obama did in New York. Needless to say, the loudest cheers from the gathering of world leaders came when he condemned the actions of a close US ally, Israel, in continuing to build settlements in the West Bank. You can always rely on attacks on the Israelis to generate the biggest roars of approval at any meeting of the United Nations, and Obama dutifully obliged.
In his speech he referred to what he called the Israeli occupation since 1967, implying that Israel should retreat to the '67 borders while leaving out the part about the war of annihilation the Arabs waged against Israel. He claimed that America does not recognize Jewish "settlements and called for a contiguous palestinian state.
John Bolton appeared on Glenn Beck and Greta Van Susteran calling the speech anti-Israel and I also liked how Beck actually showed a map of Israel and explained that in order to have a contiguous palestinian state would mean that Israel would have to be split in half given that Gaza and Judea and Samaria are on either side of Israel. That is another hypocrisy on the part of the left which insists a palestinian state must be contiguous to be viable yet its ok if Israel is split in two. Bolton used the term "so-called occupation". It is not an occupation since there never was a sovereign state on those territories, plus the fact that the arabs started the war in which Israel acquired the territories after defeating the Arab aggressors. There's no question that Israel has a greater claim to the territories and in fact the so-called palestinians have absolutely no rightful claim to them.
In declaring that it is time for Middle East peace "without preconditions," President Obama used his speech to the U.N. General Assembly to fire a warning at Israel that "America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements."
Obama's stark declaration, which drew applause, was coupled with a call for Palestinians to end their "incitement of Israel."
But it was the use of the U.N. forum to carry the settlement message to Israel that drew the most enthusiastic response on the floor -- and incredulous reaction outside its walls.
Obama just put Israel "on the chopping block," said former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton.