Barack Obama's direct appeal to Israeli citizens for peace

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    Barack Obama made an impassioned plea to Israel’s people over the heads of its government by calling on them to put themselves in the shoes of Palestinians and pressure the country’s political leadership to seek peace.

    n a speech deploying his full range of rhetorical gifts, the US president first cast himself as an unyielding friend of Israel before appealing to ordinary Israelis by asking them to recognise that Palestinians shared their hopes and aspirations, but were being denied the right of an independent state.
    Addressing an audience of around 1,000 students at Jerusalem’s International Convention Centre, Mr Obama then went a step further by urging a public long-wary of him to pressure Israel’s political leaders to take risks for peace.
    “Speaking as a politician, I can promise you this: political leaders will not take risks if the people do not demand that they do. You must create the change that you want to see,” he said in a refrain that reprised the message preceding his election as president in 2008

    “Put yourself in their shoes — look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents every single day.” In an implicit rebuff to hard-line pro-settlers in Israel’s newly formed coalition government, he linked the practices of injustice to the side-effects of the country’s settlement policies in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, which Palestinians hope will form part of their future state.
    “It is not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished,” Mr Obama said. “It is not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands; to restrict a student’s ability to move around the West Bank; or to displace Palestinian families from their home.
    “Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer. Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land.”
    Citing the bilateral support for Israel in the US Congress, Mr Obama said it would be politically more convenient for him to ignore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    But he believed in speaking the truth to friends, he said. And peace was necessary to safeguard Israel’s future as a democratic and Jewish state as well as in meeting Palestinian aspirations. It was also possible — although he admitted it was not guaranteed and entailed risks.
    It would mean abandoning settlement building and giving up dreams of establishing a Greater Israel on lands once inhabited by Jewish people in biblical times. Quoting the former Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, the president said: “It is impossible to have a Jewish, democratic state and at the same time to control all of Eretz Israel. If we insist on fulfilling the dream in its entirety, we are liable to lose it all.
    “Given the demographics west of the Jordan River, the only way for Israel to endure and thrive as a Jewish and democratic state is through the recognition of an independent and viable Palestine,” he added to surprisingly loud applause.
    Mr Obama’s eloquent call for peace contrasted with a stumbling performance earlier in a press conference in Ramallah with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, when he appeared unsure over how to address Israel’s continued settlement expansion.
    It was all the more striking for having been preceded by a long declaration of unstinting loyalty to America’s alliance with Israel. Invoking sources ranging from Martin Luther King to David-Ben Gurion, Israel’s founding prime minister, Mr Obama professed a deep belief in the legitimacy of the Zionist dream of a Jewish ancestral homeland.
    Those rejecting Israel’s right to exist “might as well reject the earth beneath them and the sky above”, he said. “Israel is not going anywhere”.
    As if to reassure wavering doubters, he stated his willingness to stop Iran building a nuclear bomb — a prime concern of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister. “America will do what we must to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.”
    As if to reinforce Israeli fears, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, threatened, in a speech marking the Iranian new year, to “raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground” if Israel attacked the Islamic regime’s nuclear installations.


    source ::: Impassioned Barack Obama's direct appeal to Israeli citizens for peace - Telegraph
     
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    A nauseating performance by a obsessive political campaigner. When will this supercilious twit attempt to govern in the position he was elected to, instead of giving speeches?
     
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    i dont know about performance or delivering on promises....but W.E. sir... that guy is a damn good orator... not many can connect with their audience like he does...
     
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    Well so far he failed to connect with our friend Mr. Ewald...
     
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    You really want to keep going with this?
     
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    The connection I can't get is between your lips and Obama's butt cheeks.
     
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    You've been drinking too much Cool Aid buddy...
     
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    Let me help you with your analogy.

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    It is the followers of Obama who do not question anything he says or does, and are more likely to use drugs (as he did).

    You probably mean to call me a racist, since that is what you call anybody who questions Obama.
     
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    Some nerve this Obama has to criticize the only democracy in the Middle East and probably the only country where the majority of the populace is not demanding blood of kafirs (including Americans!).
     
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    Would The Telegraph have been so ecstatic if Netanyahu had "gone over the heads" of US government and told American people to oppose Obama on gun control, for example? Of course they would not. There is no end to press gullibility where Obama is concerned.
     
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    Obama causes Israel to make humiliating apology to Turkey’s anti-Israel prime minister | Power Line

     
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