White House Posts Defense of its Israel Policies
06/05/11
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The White House website posted a defense of President Obama's Israel record, and several prominent Jewish Democrats penned Op-Eds defending his policies.

"President Obama: Advancing Israel's Security and Supporting Peace," which appeared online on Friday, addressed the controversy over the president's call in a May 19 Middle East policy speech for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations to based on 1967 lines, with mutually agreed swaps.

"He has stated frankly what everyone knows -- a lasting peace will involve two states for two peoples: 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," the post said.

At least two conservative pro-Israel groups have launched media campaigns in recent days suggesting that Obama is distancing himself from Israel.

The post lists a number of Obama's pro-Israel statements, including his remark that Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with Hamas as long as the group does not recognize Israel and does not renounce terrorism; his pledge to combat delegitimization of Israel; his increases in security assistance to Israel and his efforts to isolate Iran.

In addition to the White House posting, defenders of Obama's Israel record took to newspaper's Op-Ed pages, with his former White House chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel writing for the Washington Post, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and Robert Wexler, a former Florida congressman, both penning opinion articles for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Florida, with a substantial Jewish populations, is seen as a swing state in the 2012 election.

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The White House website defends Obama's statement about the 1967 lines this way, "He has stated frankly what everyone knows -- a lasting peace will involve two states for two peoples: 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,".
1) No one KNOWS what will happen in the Middle East tomorrow, let alone next year or the distant future. People need to stop repeating the old chestnut, 'everyone knows what the borders will look like'. That cliche puts the mind to sleep and is an obstacle to clear thinking.
2)Contrary to the White House's claims, the ONLY people who think the 1967 lines should be the STARTING point for negotiations are the Palestinians and their allies. The Israelis may agree to END there (I doubt it because it is indefensible) but it is insane to begin there. No one starts a negotiation by giving up all their bargaining chips. The White House is disingenuous when it says they haven't changed US policy. Now everyone is thinking 1967 lines. The French have already proposed negotiations based on them as a starting point.
3) Throughout history, peace between nations has been achieved through the strength one nation relative to its potential enemies. The relationship is stable because the weaker nations will curb their aggression against a stronger enemy. The demand of the world for an Israeli withdrawal from territory she needs to defend herself (the land up to the Jordan River) will make war the likely outcome, not peace.
4) Who does the White House think they are fooling when they lay out a Middle East peace plan for Israel? Obama campaigned for president on an anti-war platform. Today we are still in Iraq, still in Afghanistan, and have added Libya to our military interventions! Added to that dismal record, we are firing missiles into Pakistan and Yemen killing hundreds of people who are supposed to be our allies. Not surprisingly, Pakistan and Yemen are not delighted with us. My argument is that the White House should be far more humble and restrained in the advice it gives to Israel.

WHile I (a christian or Jew in Christ) hear many posetive statments about this president but he does to cover the hurt he planed to Israel. When he plans some hidden thing he talks more posetive things. This is deception and not true motive. And this president is clealirly anti israel. What I wuold say is he has islamic drive from inside that tries to decept while he gets strength. Secular poepel and politicians may agree and may thing he is pro Isreal but he is not. Look his visits, sentnces on not moving US embassy from TA. I am not poletician but I ma True Christian and I know what good for Isarel is. It is to be mighty and secured. her enemies are cruel. They might sign peace but till they get the power to overrun it. Egypt came to peace with power. Any way there is grea thing we can do. Lets pray and say steadfast with this blessed nation. Lets do what we are supposed to do and let it be with courage and faith not with secular winds that come from poletics and even from secualr jewish winds who forgot its identity and spirituality. For God is alive lets watch but not worry much. The proved thing is israel will prevail. Amen.

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