"Obama urges progress on Mideast; Aims to move beyond talks on settlements" by Michael D. Shear and Glenn Kessler, Washington Post | September 23, 2009
“We are not identifying any issue as being a precondition nor an impediment to negotiation,’’ George Mitchell, Obama’s Middle East envoy and a former senator, told reporters, adding later that “we do not believe in preconditions. We do not impose them and we urge others not to impose preconditions.’’
Tell that to ISRAEL, jerk!
Those SURE SOUND LIKE PRECONDITIONS to ME!!!
"Obama signals new direction; UN speech stresses unity; Says US must not act alone" by Farah Stockman, Globe Staff | September 24, 2009
UNITED NATIONS - President Obama:
“no one nation can or should try to dominate another nation.’’
(Blog editor just shaking his head as Obama ignores the occupation and siege of Palestine)
Obama declared that it is time to restart peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, but offered few specifics on how progress could be achieved. Just a day earlier Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu had rejected his demand for a settlement freeze.
“The United States does Israel no favors when we fail to couple an unwavering commitment to its security with an insistence that Israel respect the legitimate claims and rights of the Palestinians,’’ Obama said.
You better watch it there, guy. We all know you are still signing the checks, but Israel doesn't even like that kind of talk.
“And nations within this body do the Palestinians no favors when they choose vitriolic attacks against Israel over constructive willingness to recognize Israel’s legitimacy and its right to exist in peace and security.’’
Hard to do that when their whole existence and expansion is based on war and insecurity.
And WHAT ABOUT the PALESTINIANS RIGHTS, sir!!!!!!??
In his speech, Obama chided nations for standing aside and expecting the United States to solve all the world’s problems, while at the same time criticizing America for acting alone. He said his job was to protect American interests above all: “I will never apologize for defending those interests.’’
Just wondering when you are going to start defending ours instead of Israel's.
NEW YORK - Israelis and Palestinians said yesterday their envoys would meet with US officials but not with each other, cementing the impression that a US-sponsored meeting between their leaders had fallen flat....
In an NBC interview yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Israeli settlements “bedroom suburbs’’ of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem....
Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s hard-line foreign minister, told Israel Radio yesterday that the Obama meeting was a victory for Israel because it took place in the face of resistance to US pressure by the Netanyahu government....
--more--"NEW YORK - “I’m pleased that President Obama accepted my request that there should be no preconditions,’’ Netanyahu told Israel Radio in a telephone interview....
Except that Israel is keeping what they already stole.
If Abbas returns to talks now, without a freeze in place, he is likely to lose more credibility at home, where he has been locked in a power struggle with his Islamic militant Hamas rivals.
Hard to lose something you don't have.
See: Palestinian Politics
Hamas, which threw Abbas’s forces out of the Gaza Strip two years ago, has derided negotiations as a waste of time and portrayed Abbas as a Western lackey.
Well, if the SHOE FITS, hit yourself with it, Abass.
In Damascus, Hamas accused the United States of displaying a pro-Israel bias and said Netanyahu has emerged as the “triumphant and major beneficiary’’ of the trilateral meeting.
Then IT IS OFFICIAL: Netanyahu is more powerful than the President of the United States.