Some more reactions from Obama’s speech at the UN earlier today. I wrote earlier that the speech was little more than a campaign speech that hit all the right notes for the domestic audience, but missed tremendously with the international audience (who were in front of Obama. At the UN.) Amir Mizroch watched the speech in complete disbelief at how pro-Israeli Obama came off:
Obama’s speech at the UN tonight was the most pro-Israeli speech I think anyone has heard at that world forum for a very long time. And it came at what is the most critical juncture in our history for over a generation. The Arab world is in revolt; the Palestinians want a state; the American economy is sinking; Russia, China, Iran and Turkey are rising; our peace with Egypt and Jordan is teetering. We are at our most vulnerable. And up steps Obama and hits it out of the park, for us…
Again and again, and again, Netanyahu and his coalition spit in Obama’s face, and ask their supporters in Congress to hurt Obama.
In the words of the man himself, let’s just come out and say it: “Those are facts. They cannot be denied.” Obama is a great friend of Israel’s.
As for the Palestinians who were forced to listen to the ‘most pro-Israel speech,’ well, they were pretty unhappy. Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian delegate said:
I did not believe what I heard, it sounded as if the Palestinians were occupying Israel. There was no empathy for the Palestinians, he only spoke of the Israeli problems.
He told us that it isn’t easy to achieve peace, thanks, we know this. He spoke about universal rights – Good, those same rights apply to Palestinians.
[The Americans] are applying enormous pressure on everybody at the UN, they are using threats and coercion. I wish they would invest the same energy in an attempt to promote peace, not threats.
Likewise, Ahmad Tibi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament (who accompanied the Palestinian delegation, creating quite a stir in Israel) reacted angrily:
It is possible to think after hearing the President’s speech today, that the Israelis were demanding a state from their Palestinian occupiers.
Avoiding [mentioning] the ’67 borders was biting and clear.
His message is continued suffering for the Palestinians, accompanied by long and perpetual negotiations with Netanyahu.
Obama’s speech – at least the parts that dealt with Israel and Palestine – should leave no one questioning how devoted Obama is to Israeli wishes. No one can think that Obama doesn’t support Israel fully now, right? Oh, hello Jonathan Tobin. (And thank you Daniel Larison.)
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