Note: I wasn’t planning on writing about Obama’s speech and the Israel/Palestine conflict. However, the reactionary comments regarding Obama as an “enemy of Israel” by otherwise intelligent Jewish friends has motivated me to set the record straight on Obama’s speech.
From Obama’s Mideast speech: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/144336
“Our commitment to Israel’s security is unshakeable. And we will stand against attempts to single it out for criticism in international forums.”
Committing to Israel must be Obama’s hatred against Israel that people are talking about.
“Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people, and the state of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people, each state enjoying self-determination, mutual recognition, and peace.”
Mentioning Palestine, homeland, and people in the same sentence shows hatred of Israel Obama was showing, right?
“So while the core issues of the conflict must be negotiated, the basis of those negotiations is clear: a viable Palestine, a secure Israel.”
How Dare Obama hate Israel by stating their need to be secure!
What is it that drives so many seemingly reasonable people to become irrational when you mention Israel and ANY peace plan? I don’t even get this riled up when you say, “Teachers are to blame for our failing schools.”
Talking about Israel and the Palestine/Israeli conflict with some Jewish people is like talking about god to an evangelical that is trying to convert you. No amount of facts will get in the way of their opinions, and non-Jews “will never understand.”
Here’s the line that drives extreme Zionists crazy, “We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu focused on that sentence as a way to say, “Peace will never happen”. The 1967 border is, in fact, a false issue. If you look at the 1967 borders and the current borders, they are almost the same:
The pale blue is Israel, and as you see, the borders are almost the same today as they were in 1967 (left). If Israel was indefensible then as Netanyahu proclaimed, http://smpalestine.com/2011/05/19/netanyahus-response-to-obamas-speech-reveals-israels-unconditional-defiance-of-international-law/ then it is now. The difference is that today Israel has the most modern and best-trained army in the region and it wasn’t so well equipped in 1967. And Obama said nothing about going back to 1967 technology, did he?
“Slew Of House Republicans Falsely Claim President Obama Called For Israel To Return To “1967 Borders”.” http://politicalcorrection.org/factcheck/201105260003
But Obama never called for a return to those borders. He suggested that as a starting point and clearly stated that the negotiations were to be between Israelis and Palestinians. Again, look at the map. The Israeli borders are almost the same today as they were in 1967.
Historical Israeli Maps English
For all the reactionary Zionists and right-wing fundamentalists, listen to the actual pro-Israeli statements in Obama’s speech and relax.
Clearly, Netanyahu wants no peace. And there are Arab governments, namely Iran, that don’t want to see a peace between Israelis and Palestinians either. If nothing else, pissing off Iran and other Muslim nationalists in the region should move Israel to peace talks. Furthermore, I am sure there are multinational arms dealers selling weapons to Israel and Muslim jihadists that will suffer greatly if peace breaks out in Israel and Palestine.
Not all Jewish people are as militant as the leaders of Israel are. In fact, many want peace and are willing to work for it.
Jewish Voice for Peace