the president loves/hates israel/palestine (delete according to your prejudices)

Protesters hold signs supporting Palestine as President Obama’s motorcade leaves the compound where he and his family are staying in Kailua, Hawaii


A protester holds a sign during a demonstration in New York City a few months back

Confused? Me too.

3 Responses to “the president loves/hates israel/palestine (delete according to your prejudices)”

  1. 1 majii
    January 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I’ve been reading Haaretz a lot recently, and I’ve discovered that some Israelis think that Netanyahu has made a mess of the Israeli/Palestine issue. An article I read yesterday says that the international community is putting more pressure on Netanyahu, especially after Israel’s actions in Gaza back in 2008 and their attack on the humanitarian aid ship last year, and he is very angry about it. I think that most of the important players in the international community know that Netanyahu is the problem and not PBO or Hamas. I also found out that there are some in Israel who think that Netanyahu probably won’t be in power much longer. There is a good side sometimes when a country has a coalition style government because it’s easier to remove a politician from power than it is in our government.

  2. 2 globalcitizenlinda
    January 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    the criticism from the extremes is puzzling to watch. most people seem to ignore the complexies of life in which President Obama operates. He and his Team are doing their best but the main “disease” of an impatient people who POTUS chose to serve is that they want theirs and they want it now. all effort that goes into producing positive results is ignored by the haters and the unrelatistic types

  3. 3 Carl Jakobsson
    January 3, 2011 at 1:59 am

    The big problem is not with any one individual on either side of the Israeli-Palestinian divide. The problem is that the two-state solution is fundamentally unsound. It is geographically unsound, because the Palestinian state would be divided between its provinces by Israel. It is demographically unsound, because there are Palestinians living in Israel, and there are Jews living in the area designated for a Palestinian nation-state.
    The only sensible solution is the establishment of a combined Israeli-Palestinian nation-state to govern the land of Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. That combined state would operate under a constitution that would provide for a nonracial, nonsectarian democracy in which the rights of all the people – both Jews and Palestinians – would be equally protected. The most significant advantage of this solution – in comparison with all the other solutions that have been suggested for this conflict – is the fact that it can take effect without the need for anybody – either Jews or Palestinians – to be evicted from their homes in order to make it happen.
    It would not be easy or quick to establish a combined Israeli-Palestinian nation-state, but you can be working literally forever on the effort to make the two-state solution work, and it still will not work. The combined state solution at least has a chance, because it is a fundamentally sound solution.

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