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Obama to Israel: 'You Are Not Alone'


World  (tags: world, politics, israel, humanrights, middle-east )

Cal
- 475 days ago - csmonitor.com
Speaking in Jerusalem today, President Obama sought to drive home the point that US support for Israel is unwavering and that the US understands the litany of challenges that keep Israel apprehensive.



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Allan Yorkowitz (457)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 4:21 pm
Was Syria discussed behind closed doors?
 

Samantha Trosky (152)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 4:58 pm
I heard FAUX "News" said that Jerusalem was at odds with Obama. That is just so scary to me that they get away with that kind of BS! :(
 

John S. (297)
Friday March 22, 2013, 3:50 am
Sam T, did you even read the article. It states: "Obama’s demeanor, words, and gestures on his first trip to Israel as president mark a decided departure from his 2009 Cairo speech to the Muslim world, in which he sought to show that the US took interest in regional affairs beyond their impact on Israel and thus rebuild credibility in a region roiled by the Iraq war and the larger war on terror."
 

pam w. (191)
Friday March 22, 2013, 9:45 am
If you're looking to criticize the President.....ask yourself what YOU would do to bring peace to the area?

So many here are critical because they're too unsophisticated to consider all the implications of diplomacy in the middle east.

No side here is 100% ''right'' or ''wrong.''
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday March 22, 2013, 1:38 pm

That was an excellent speech, honest and from the heart. There must be a real peace if Israel and Palestine are to survive. That is just a fact.

 

Diane O. (149)
Friday March 22, 2013, 4:59 pm
I disagree....honest it was not. From the heart? Whose heart? Actions speak louder than empty words.

Obama has done nothing for Israel or Palestine.

Talk is very cheap.
 

Diane O. (149)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:04 pm
Notice the anti Obama reception he received in Israel, Palestine and Jordan?
 

Diane O. (149)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:05 pm
Obama is finally receiving his "grade" from four years of an incompetent US president. It's about the people in the middle east and they aren't showering Obama with roses. Not even close.
 

Jason S. (57)
Friday March 22, 2013, 7:28 pm
Please listing to Israel there part of the problem in the middle east, Good posting, thanks
 

John Gregoire (257)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 5:56 am
Yeah, we are financially hurting here at home, paying more for medical care, paying higher taxes, getting losuy interest rates on savings. Oh boy, Obama is one hell of a leader! So what's he doing on this trip? Pledging money all over the damn place! Typical and disgusting.
 

Sandra Patterson (60)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 4:41 pm
noted
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Monday March 25, 2013, 10:08 pm
The Obama administration's history with Israel is odd, and really brings out what I think is the primary problem in his strategy in foreign policy in general:

His strategy in foreign policy has been, like his strategy elsewhere, to provide his subordinates all the political cover they need to do their jobs. Keep the cameras focused on himself, keep assuring those who would oppose his policies that all is well, and let those who actually execute policy do whatever he orders without interference or even much scrutiny. He was at odds with Netanyahu over security while on good terms with his defense-minister, Barak, on the same issue because he made a point of making overtures towards Arabs and Iran which would jeopordize Israel while the Armican and Israeli armed forces enngage in more joint training and information-sharing than ever before.

The trouble is that a major part of U.S. security-assistance to Israel is not the direct aid, but the umbrella of deterrence, the promise that a serious attack on Israel would mean a response from the U.S., and Obama's strategy severely weakens that. For deterrence to work, there must be clear lines drawn and a credible threat of response. When the political and military leader is too busy giving his subordinates cover to talk straight, it breaks down.

I think Obama genuinely believes that he stands with Israel, but his strategy prevents him from using what is arguably the U.S.'s most valuable tool of diplomacy in Israel's favour. even if he changes tone now, his past behaviour may undermine his credibility in deterrence. I wish the speech could have meant more and, if Obama recognizes the problem, I suspect does does he.
 

Diane O. (149)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 1:18 pm
I think you are being far too generous with your assumption that Obama actually cares about anything.

Case in point....he sends John Kerry to Iraq to tell them to STOP allowing Iran use of their airspace to Syria. Well, is Iraq HIDING AN AIR FORCE that we don't know about? How is Iraq suppose to stop airplanes flying across their country? Stand out in a field and wave their arms? This is what I refer to as incompetence on steriods.

I believe Obama isn't smart enough to chart anything cerebral in dealing with Netanayu. I believe that many people will write very interesting books about Obama once he finally leaves our WH. Netanayu will probably be one of those people. I believe they will describe how childlike he is when away from the cameras. I also believe they will describe him as not ever knowing what the hell he should be doing for wonderful Americans in a beautiful country like America.

This is nothing but Jimmy Carter redux.
 

Diane O. (149)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 1:20 pm
By the way, Stephen, I enjoyed your well written and thoughtful post very much. I didn't agree with everything you stated.

typo: Netanyahu
 
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