Obama Gets A History Lesson!
by Sonja Harris on May 22, 2011 at 10:24 AM
After Lot had left, the Lord said to Abram: “Look about you, and from where you are, gaze to the north and south, east and west, all the land that you see I will give to you and descendants forever.” - Genesis 13: 14-15
As we watched history unfold before our very eyes, America seemed to betray its strongest ally in the Middle East. The long awaited confrontation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Obama finally happened during a press conference held in the Oval Office early yesterday. Netanyahu, sitting close to Obama, gave him a history lesson I doubt he will not soon forget. Obama sat with his mouth pursed and left hand gripping his chair as if in a dentist’s chair waiting for an extraction. Netanyahu proceeded to tell Obama that the Jewish people were a strong people and that they had withstood atrocities’ which included the Holocaust. He also plainly rejected the notion that Israel go back to the 1967 boundaries. Saying that, “These lines are indefensible.”
On Thursday, the day before Netanyahu was to visit the White House Obama gave his speech saying that Israel was to go back to the 1967 boundaries if peace was to be negotiated. Instead from Netanyahu’s reaction, those were fighting words. Netanyahu was firm in rejecting Obama’s proposal. Agreeing with Obama, he also set restrictions for Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas by saying he had to choose between Israel and Hamas. Netanyahu told Obama that, “Abbas has a simple choice, keep his pack with Hamas or make peace with Israel.” Netanyahu also brought up the Palestinian refugee situation and stated outright that no Palestinian refugees are to go to Israel. It is not always a great moment when America’s president seems to stand six inches tall. This clash was a far cry from the Bush Administration agreeing to stand by Israel. Obama did not bring the boundaries into play during the press conference and sat rather quietly and visibly uncomfortable while Netanyahu continued his basic 101 history lesson. Arrogant Obama in his quest for peace presumed that Netanyahu was going to sit back and allow the destruction of Israel.
It is time Obama broadens his horizon by spending some time reading something other than the book by Saul Alinsky. The Prime Minister is to address a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday, May 24. Let’s see what kind of welcoming he receives.
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EXCERPTS FROM THE EXCHANGE OF LETTERS
Letter from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to US President George W. Bush
The government of Israel supports the United States efforts to reform the Palestinian security services to meet their roadmap obligations to fight terror. Israel also supports the American's efforts, working with the International Community, to promote the reform process, build institutions and improve the economy of the Palestinian Authority and to enhance the welfare of its people, in the hope that a new Palestinian leadership will prove able to fulfill its obligations under the roadmap.
I want to again express my appreciation for your courageous leadership in the war against global terror, your important initiative to revitalize the Middle East as a more fitting home for its people and, primarily, your personal friendship and profound support for the State of Israel.
Letter from US President George W. Bush to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
As part of a final peace settlement, Israel must have secure and recognized borders, which should emerge from negotiations between the parties in accordance with UNSC Resolutions 242 and 338. In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli populations centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949, and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion. It is realistic to expect that any final status agreement will only be achieved on the basis of mutually agreed changes that reflect these realities.
George W. Bush
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