Report: Obama told Netanyahu there’d be no surprises in the speech; Update: Not a surprise?

posted at 4:46 pm on May 19, 2011 by Allahpundit

Was there a surprise in the speech? Bibi certainly seems to think so, but 1967 borders have been endorsed by prominent U.S. officials before — sort of:

“The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps,” the U.S. president said, referring to what are official known as the 1949 Armistice lines, “so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”

That’s one step further the position outlined by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in April at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Washington, when she called for such an outcome to be the product of negotiations: “We believe that through good-faith negotiations, the parties can mutually agree on an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements.”

Jeffrey Goldberg scoffs at the uproar and notes that 1967 has been the U.S. model for a good 12 years. Maybe that’s why The One didn’t give Tel Aviv a heads up? He wasn’t ignoring them, he just didn’t realize that they’d perceive his endorsement as a significant step and a bona fide surprise. Smart power:

“It certainly was a difficult decision, but ultimately the president determined that a call for reform in the Middle East and an American proscription for engagement with the Arab nations would seem hollow if [Obama] did not provide direction on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well,” Wexler said…

The Israelis were surprised by the remarks as well. The Netanyahu government had been assured of no surprises in the speech, especially since Obama is set to meet with the prime minister in Washington Friday and address the policy conference of AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobbying group, on Sunday. Obama’s remarks were not only a surprise, but “not a very good one,” one Israeli official said.

Some of Israel’s supporters saw the remarks as unhelpful.

Reaction to the speech on Twitter among some of the strongest Israel supporters I read was actually quite positive, thanks mainly to O’s Bushian championing of democracy and liberal values over realpolitik. Check out the passage about a third of the way down that begins with, “We support a set of universal rights.” I can almost hear Dubya’s Texas twang. In the Middle East itself, reaction is … less positive, notwithstanding the bit about Israel’s borders — which is proof, I guess, of how it’s really not a big deal after all. Follow that last link and sample some of the brutal quotes from Arabs reminding The One that decades spent supporting cretins like Mubarak and Ben Ali can’t be undone so easily. A taste, referring to his wildly overhyped speech in Egypt two years ago: “The overwhelming sense was one of deja vu. I kept waiting for Cairo II, but all I heard was Cairo I.”

What’s so odd about this speech is that it was designed to ingratiate the U.S. with the democratic movements driving the Arab Spring, with Bin Laden’s killing an obvious pivot point. The age of 9/11 is over, I took him to be saying, and now the golden age of liberalization can begin. That’s why he spent 35 minutes encouraging young Arabs to confront the cultural and political pathologies that have kept them oppressed. But rather than leave it at that and let that idea hopefully resonate, he inexplicably segued in the last 10 minutes to the endless Israeli/Palestinian bugaboo and ended up totally swamping his central message with a headline-grabbing bit about the ’67 borders. The Times is actually leading with that part, even though it came at the very end and was practically an afterthought. Which it deserved to be: As Mitch Daniels(!) correctly noted in an interview today, one of the important lessons about the Arab Spring is how irrelevant the Palestinian issue has been to it. Arab leaders looooove to demagogue the “suffering in Gaza” as a distraction from their own corruption, but Egyptians are more worried about jobs and cheap bread. Rather than stick to those latter concerns, though, The One couldn’t resist wading into the former — and inexplicably (inadvertently?) refocused the whole takeaway of the speech in the process. Madness.

Update: A nice catch from Hot Air alum Bryan Preston. A major Israeli paper, Yedioth Ahronoth, reported two days ago that Obama would publicly endorse the 1967 borders. Bibi’s “surprise” may simply be surprise that O didn’t relent after Israel asked him to remove that passage from the text.


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“Everything Obama says has an expiration date” –Geraghty

This time, the little messiah picked the perfect timing. B. Netanyaho should destroy him in his Congress speech.

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM

But rather than leave it at that and let that idea hopefully resonate, he inexplicably segued in the last 10 minutes to the endless Israeli/Palestinian bugaboo

He just loves to hear himself talk. He’s just the coolest!
*facepalm*

search4truth on May 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Some of Israel’s supporters saw the remarks as unhelpful.

What a joke.

and then Newt was quoted as saying: “Paul Ryan and I are great friends”

Where in the world are honest people?

jake-the-goose on May 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Allen West today:

“Today’s endorsement by President Barack Obama of the creation of a Hamas-led Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, signals the most egregious foreign policy decision his administration has made to date, and could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state,” said West, R-Fla., one of the leading Tea Party thinkers in the House Republican freshman class,” West said in a prepared statement.

“From the moment the modern day state of Israel declared statehood in 1948, to the end of the 1967 Six Day War, Jews were forbidden access to their holiest site, the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, controlled by Jordan’s Arab army.

“The pre-1967 borders endorsed by President Obama would deny millions of the world’s Jews access to their holiest site and force Israel to return the strategically important Golan Heights to Syria, a known state-sponsor of terrorism,” said West, a career military veteran of the war in Iraq.

“Resorting to the pre-1967 borders would mean a full withdrawal by the Israelis from the West Bank and the Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Make no mistake, there has always been a Nation of Israel and Jerusalem has been and must always be recognized as its rightful capital.

“In short, the Hamas-run Palestinian state envisioned by President Obama would be devastating to Israel and the world’s 13.3 million Jews. It would be a Pavlovian style reward to a declared Islamic terrorist organization, and an unacceptable policy initiative.

“America should never negotiate with the Palestinian Authority- which has aligned itself with Hamas. Palestine is a region, not a people or a modern state. Based upon Roman Emperor Hadrian’s declaration in 73 AD, the original Palestinian people are the Jewish people.

“It’s time for the American people to stand by our strongest ally, the Jewish State of Israel, and reject this foreign policy blunder of epic proportions.

“While the winds of democracy may blow strong in the Middle East, history has demonstrated that gaps in leadership can lead to despotic regimes. I have questions for President Obama: ‘Who will now lead in Egypt?’ and ‘Why should American taxpayers provide foreign aid to a nation where the next chapter in their history may be the emergence of another radical Islamic state?’

“President Obama has not stood for Israel or the Jewish people and has made it clear where the United States will stand when Palestine attempts to gain recognition of statehood by the United Nations. The President should focus on the real obstacle to security- the Palestinian leadership and its ultimate goal to eliminate Israel and the Jewish people.”

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 4:51 PM

*facepalm*

Can someone go dig up Jaye P. Morgan to start ringing the gong so we can drag him off-stage?

teke184 on May 19, 2011 at 4:51 PM

But rather than leave it at that and let that idea hopefully resonate, he inexplicably segued in the last 10 minutes to the endless Israeli/Palestinian bugaboo and ended up totally swamping his central message with a headline-grabbing bit about the ’67 borders.

So basically another big fat fail from Obama? Go figure.

Kataklysmic on May 19, 2011 at 4:51 PM

And in the agreement we will honor the 67 border which will put the pali monkeys within grenade range of everything

Sonosam on May 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Gutsybama and the Arab Icicle.

The Muslims and the Jews are ‘hating’ on him. He is the Messiah alright.

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Barack Obama….an equal opportunity liar.

Put that on a campaign shirt for the GOP!

milwife88 on May 19, 2011 at 4:53 PM

I triple dare you to name one people who are free due to Obama.

His pap on the Arab ‘spring’ today was polenta, at best.

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Rather than stick to those latter concerns, though, The One couldn’t resist wading into the former — and inexplicably (inadvertently?) refocused the whole takeaway of the speech in the process. Madness.

I just love it when he is so smart!

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Did Obama endorse the PRE 1967 borders or the 1967 borders?

I’m confused here.

jp on May 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM

You LIE!

HornetSting on May 19, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Obama: “I’m kind of a big deal!”

search4truth on May 19, 2011 at 4:57 PM

I triple dare you to name one people who are free due to Obama.

His pap on the Arab ‘spring’ today was polenta, at best.

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 4:53 PM

I answered this on the other thread: The alinskeyites/communists/marxists/progressives/liberals, etc. have been freed since POSBHO took over.

sicoit on May 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Did Obama endorse the PRE 1967 borders or the 1967 borders?

I’m confused here.

jp on May 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Obama said 1967, but he meant 1947.

portlandon on May 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Arafat missed a huge opportunity, the one and only one.

Israel and the U.S. will never be as grand to them as Bill Clinton and they were. That moment was wasted and this will never be solved.

Much bigger war brewing in the region.

Obama’s timing is horrific, ahead of Netanyahu’s trip and speech to the Congress. These teenagers have lots of growing up to do. Love to watch, like in “Being There”. It can’t get any worse, or so it seems, every day.

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM

There is no Arab Spring.

There is only a sly and cloaked dismantling of Arab leaders t who were neutral towards Israel.

There is a great power rising up in the Middle East known as the Muslim Brotherhood to which Obama and Holder belong.

There is one objective and has been since his inauguration and that is to weaken the only power standing in the way of Israel’s destruction and move an agenda along that will trick the masses into thinking it’s all for “peace and safety”

Our President is an enemy of God.

katy on May 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM

I answered this on the other thread: The alinskeyites/communists/marxists/progressives/liberals, etc. have been freed since POSBHO took over.

sicoit on May 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Noted. I’ll add them to the table: so far we have your contribution, the Black Panthers and the teachers’ unions.

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 5:00 PM

sicoit, I’ll also add the exemptions to the ObamaCare.

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Report: Obama told Netanyahu there’d be no surprises in the speech

I think Bibi was not surprised. He already knew that obama hates Israel

ConservativePartyNow on May 19, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Beck just said that our POTUS has betrayed our last strong ally.

kingsjester on May 19, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Obama loves what’s happening in the ME.

However, for the U.S., the world, and the region it will be devastating.

From Pakistan to Iran a big war is brewing. We’ll look back soon as see the last few years as the glorious ones.

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Weeeeeeeeelllllllll, Schadenfreude, I hope you have a lot of paper. This list is going to get awfully long! ;-)

sicoit on May 19, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Beck just said that our POTUS has betrayed our last strong ally.

kingsjester on May 19, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Yup, the USA and Israel are the last hope of civilization as we know it. Once Israel goes down, we are the only ones left…..God help both the USA and Israel.

sicoit on May 19, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Weeeeeeeeelllllllll, Schadenfreude, I hope you have a lot of paper. This list is going to get awfully long! ;-)

sicoit on May 19, 2011 at 5:04 PM

It will not answer the question. I’m looking for a nation, a land…what the Arab ‘spring’ lie is all about, and you know it.

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Can we please get Bryan back, even as a guest?

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 5:08 PM

That last part of the speech has Samantha Power’s track changes all over it.

RedRedRice on May 19, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Interesting that Barry told Bibi there’d be no surprises in his speech. Was I hallucinating yesterday when I saw (or thought I saw) Barry’s mouthpiece Carney say that today’s speech would have “big news — news as you and I understand it [the "you" being the WH press corps]” in it?

AZCoyote on May 19, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Let’s hear from the Jewish Senators and Congressman and see if they still support Odumbo and why?

rjoco1 on May 19, 2011 at 5:10 PM

According to Yedioth Ahronoth, Obama will call on Israel to withdraw to the 1967 cease-fire lines with territorial adjustments that will be agreed on in the negotiations with the Palestinian National Authority. The president will label the West Bank settlements as “illegal” and emphasize that Israel must halt their construction.

Or what?

–Bryan Preston

Wait until his coffers are drying up, soon…this is so much fun. The ‘smart’ one stepped into it, with impeccable timing.

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 5:11 PM

It will not answer the question. I’m looking for a nation, a land…what the Arab ‘spring’ lie is all about, and you know it.

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Yep and you and I both know that you will NEVER get the answer you are looking for…..unfortunately, all of the answers you will get will be the truth and not your answer. Sorry…but keep trying.

sicoit on May 19, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Contrast this speech with his Inaugural Address or his first speech at Cairo and it’s like two different presidents.

From this (Inauguration Speech):

To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To this (today):

But we can — and will — speak out for a set of core principles — principles that have guided our response to the events over the past six months:

The United States opposes the use of violence and repression against the people of the region.

We support a set of universal rights. Those rights include free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly; freedom of religion; equality for men and women under the rule of law; and the right to choose your own leaders — whether you live in Baghdad or Damascus; Sanaa or Tehran.

SteveMG on May 19, 2011 at 5:12 PM

I was wondering what the Amateur in Chief had done today. Now I know. Sell out Israel? Check. Go back on word to Bibi? Check. Try to appease the Arab street? Check. Make any good-faith bargaining on the West Bank impossible? Check. Put Jerusalem back in play? Check.

What a booberism.

Tennman on May 19, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Let’s hear from the Jewish Senators and Congressman and see if they still support Odumbo and why?

rjoco1 on May 19, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Carl Levin? Are you kidding?

a capella on May 19, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Great video here demonstrating that the “1967 borders” are literally indefensible:

Israel’s Critical Security Needs for a Viable Peace

mudskipper on May 19, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Obama to Israel, “Screw you!” Surprised? Not me.

MJBrutus on May 19, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Obama is an eviil person, a bad guy, the scum of the earth and a brutal anti American MF

georgealbert on May 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Tennman on May 19, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Please the Europeans, check

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Depending on who gets pissed off over this, we may see that infamous video the LA Times is sitting on of Bambi at a celebration for a radical Palestinian friend.

teke184 on May 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM

The reaction to this “surprise” says more about Obama’s critics than it does about Obama’s policy, which Allapundant (as well as many others) correctly points out doesn’t seem to be any great departure from what the past two administrations have pushed for.

Tom_Shipley on May 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Why drag the Palestinian crap into all this? There is nothing we can do about it anyway…American presidents have tried and failed for decades to bring peace there…just support Israel. That is all we can do.

Terrye on May 19, 2011 at 5:24 PM

katy on May 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Amen. I’ve enjoyed reading Pam Geller’s take on this “Arab Spring” crap. It’s a takeover of radical Islam, for God’s sake!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on May 19, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Bibi’s “surprise” may simply be surprise that O didn’t relent after Israel asked him to remove that passage from the text.

Which says to me, that Obama tossing out diplomacy, and friendship with an ally, chose to use it as an IN YOUR FACE BIBI moment.

capejasmine on May 19, 2011 at 5:26 PM

(via drudge)
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/8482df9bda5848849c3ee45c1bdc1784/ML–Israel-Obama-Speech/

Netanyahu said he would urge Obama to endorse a 2004 American commitment, made by then President George W. Bush, to Israel. In a letter at the time, Bush said a full withdrawal to the 1967 lines was “unrealistic” and a future peace agreement would have to recognize “new realities on the ground.”

Since any success Obama has had internationally came from him adopting Bush’s policies and positions…
……….he should probably adopt Bush’s position on this also if he wants to see any progress on negotiations.

Pulling back to the 1967 borders is a non-starter for Israel and continues the bungling,failed foreign policy adventures from Obama concerning Israel/Palestine issue.
First Obama based conditions on settlements that ended up making things worse between the two parties…now this.

Absolutely stuck on stupid.

Baxter Greene on May 19, 2011 at 5:27 PM

The New York Times is saying, “It is the first time an American president has explicitly endorsed those borders as the baseline for negotiations.”

It seems this has been the “unsaid” position of the US in the past. This makes it finite, actionable. It fits with his statement that the “status quo” is not acceptable. To borrow a phrase from the Great Facebook Poster in the North, it’s time to stop “pussyfooting around” the border issue. As Allapundit said, most rational Israelis knew that the ’67 borders are what need to be worked with. Obama is explicitly saying it, which is a step forward from uncertain inferences and implications.

Tom_Shipley on May 19, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Allahpundit, do you really believe the Palestinians want a two-state solution?

For the point about this being US policy for 12 years then I would say it has been the wrong policy.

Bill Clinton, GWB, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and whoever else that has pushed Israel to sacrifice their land in exchange for a false sense of ‘peace’ is the wrong approach in my opinion.

What has this type of appeasement accomplished for Israel?

Does anyone really believe that anything short of the destruction of Israel will ever satisfy their enemies?

chief on May 19, 2011 at 5:27 PM

The reaction to this “surprise” says more about Obama’s critics than it does about Obama’s policy, which Allapundant (as well as many others) correctly points out doesn’t seem to be any great departure from what the past two administrations have pushed for.

But it’s a repudiation of his approach these past two years.

His argument was that without, first, a Palestinian/Israeli peace agreement that it would be impossible to have democracy and self-government. That all of the problems of the Middle East – the dictatorships, the suppression of the people – emanated from that problem.

The Arab Spring puts that to rest.

And from that (the Arab Spring) his appeal to human rights and democracy is a complete repudiation of his realpolitik approach the first two years.

He’s embracing the past two presidents and abandoning his first half term.

SteveMG on May 19, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Sonosam on May 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM

^^^ This.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on May 19, 2011 at 5:28 PM

All of this Israel talk is simply a ploy to distract the muzzies from that fact that Dear Leader had one of their idols shot in the head. Obama knows that this proposal is DOA with Israel, but he hopes the crazies bite on the hope ‘n changiness of the whole thing. He wants his approval ratings with the suicidals to be better than it is in America. It’s all PR…

joejm65 on May 19, 2011 at 5:29 PM

The ’67 borders aren’t the real problem.

It’s the insistence by the Palestinians on a right of return that’s the main problem.

Until they give that up there will be no peace agreement.

Heck, we can go back to the 1946 partition and it wouldn’t solve the issue.

Right of return is the obstacle.

SteveMG on May 19, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Sure…Nice catch…

It doesn’t change the fact that he’s kind of stepped in it; once again…

Smart Power! and all…

RocketmanBob on May 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 4:51 PM

My God, but Allen West rocks it (all is forgiven for his vote late week, esp. after his explanation of it and I’m back to being a huge fan).

I especially loved this part:

“Palestine is a region, not a people or a modern state. Based upon Roman Emperor Hadrian’s declaration in 73 AD, the original Palestinian people are the Jewish people.”

No one in power ever mentions this. He is an incredible Champion of Truth. God bless Allen West.

Thanks for the post, Schadenfreude.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on May 19, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Heck, we can go back to the 1946 partition and it wouldn’t solve the issue

1947.

SteveMG on May 19, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Let’s hear from the Jewish Senators and Congressman and see if they still support Odumbo and why?

rjoco1 on May 19, 2011 at 5:10 PM

You’ll hear nothing. Their personal positions, their jobs, their wealth and life in the limelight of Washington is what matters to them. They don’t give a flying fark about Israel as a nation. They care about getting re-elected.

Tim Zank on May 19, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Seems like the JPost is talking about a little unhappiness over there

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=221397

But, you know, it could be posturing…

RocketmanBob on May 19, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Those borders can’t be defended.

Israel will never agree. The UN will condemn them. There will be a resolution… then what? Do we enforce the UN resolution by bombing Israel?

I want no part of this.

Israel is our friend. You don’t do this to friends.

Obama did not like Muslims cursing him for killing bin Laden so he threw Israel under the bus to get back their favor.

petunia on May 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Anyone notice Obamas careful wording regarding United States defense of Israel?

Our commitment to Israel’s security is unshakeable. And we will stand against attempts to single it out for criticism in international forums.

Did he say carefully leave out actual physical defense and left in only diplomatic defense?

Maybe; especially given his later comment,

As for security, every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself — by itself — against any threat.

offroadaz on May 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

correctly points out doesn’t seem to be any great departure from what the past two administrations have pushed for.

Tom_Shipley on May 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Whelp, I guessin’ we should be goin’ back to watchin’ Dancin Wif the Stars.

/That’s what I’mma do. Uh.

Key West Reader on May 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

It is unbelievable that we have a major middle east speech coming from the President and Iran is not a high priority in it.
This is still one of the biggest threats to democracy in the region and a terrorist regime that is on the verge of a nuclear weapon.
The “Arab spring” was crushed in Iran with citizens slaughtered in the streets and any semblance of democracy destroyed with it.
This is a regime that is responsible for the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of US Soldiers……
…………sponsors terrorism around the globe……
……..funds,trains,and arms our enemies in Afghanistan/Pakistan……
………is on the verge of acquiring a nuclear weapon…
……………..and has declared it’s intent on destroying Israel on a regular basis.

….the “Arab Spring” has had nothing to do with the Palestine issue and it’s resolution will not stop the goals of the jihad.

…………Iran along with the Afghanistan/Pakistan theater is still much more important to the safety of America and the Middle East than the Palestinian issue.

Baxter Greene on May 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Bolton: ‘Implicitly Threatening to Israel’

John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, tells National Review Online that he has concerns about President Obama’s speech this afternoon on the Middle East.

“Despite criticism of the Palestinians, the speech is also implicitly threatening to Israel,” Bolton says. “Remarks such as the references to the 1967 borders show Obama’s continuing lack of real appreciation for Israel’s security.”

mudskipper on May 19, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Allahpundit- linking to and giving default credibility to liberal/left publications since 2001.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Iran along with the Afghanistan/Pakistan theater is still much more important to the safety of America and the Middle East than the Palestinian issue.

Baxter Greene on May 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM

It seems the only problematic fact is the problematic fact that BHO doesn’t care.

Key West Reader on May 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

I cannot recall any other time in history, where a group of territories/states/entities bordering a country attacked it, has repeatedly attacked it, has been repeatedly defeated, and yet there is a call to return land captured during an attack where the country had to defend itself.

To this day, muslims still occupy a great deal of Israel’s lands. Israel was Israel long before the quran was invented. In fact, Israel is mentioned some 42 times in the quran.

We can hope that some day, muslims will stop occupying the lands of Israel and Israel will return to it’s original borders, free from the savages whose religious doctrine calls for the deaths of Christians and Jews.

One has to expect that a President who has a history of “palling around with terrorists” and evil forces of the world would side with terrorists in a major political decision.

BruthaMan on May 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Is anyone really surprised by any of this? Did anyone really expect someone named HUSSEIN to not want the Jews driven into the sea?

angryed on May 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Our President is an enemy of God.

katy on May 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Which could prove to be a problem for us.

chemman on May 19, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Baxter Greene on May 19, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Thank you for finding that quote from Bush in ’04 and pointing out that AllahP is wrong in saying that this speech from O today was nothing new.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on May 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Baxter Greene on May 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM

You really didn’t think a community organizer was capable of addressing this. He is a coward at heart.

chemman on May 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

angryed on May 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Of course no one is surprised, but that shouldn’t stop us from voicing our anger loud and clear.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on May 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

PSYCH!

Queen0fCups on May 19, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Allahpundit- linking to and giving default credibility to liberal/left publications since 2001.

Jeffrey Goldberg is a pretty conservative dude.

Tom_Shipley on May 19, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Here is Doctor Zero’s take on the situation. Excellent article.

Obama’s Indiscriminate World
Foreign policy is easy, when ideology trumps reality.

Ed or AP, please delete if we are not allowed to link Doc Zero.

chief on May 19, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Obama is explicitly saying it, which is a step forward from uncertain inferences and implications.

Tom_Shipley on May 19, 2011 at 5:27 PM

I’d love to sit across the bargaining table from you, TS.

PackerBronco on May 19, 2011 at 5:57 PM

A reporter needs to ask Obama:

Should America’s illegals go back to their 1967 borders?

profitsbeard on May 19, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Baxter Greene on May 19, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Thank you for finding that quote from Bush in ’04 and pointing out that AllahP is wrong in saying that this speech from O today was nothing new.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on May 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Yes. Thanks.

INC on May 19, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Jeffrey Goldberg is a pretty conservative dude.

Tom_Shipley on May 19, 2011 at 5:53 PM

He worked for The New Yorker and The Atlantic. He isn’t conservative at all. He’s a liberal.

sharrukin on May 19, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I remember when he was blowing smoke up AIPAC. Can you believe they were buying his crap?

How much do you want to make a bet that he blows more smoke on Sunday and they decide to just Chamberlain it?

People do cooperate in their own destruction. It’s incomprehensible but true.

disa on May 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM

More from Tapper:

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/05/netanyahus-office-tweets-disapproving-response-to-president-obamas-speech.html

“Israel appreciates President Obama’s commitment to peace. Israel believes that for peace to endure between Israelis and Palestinians, the viability of a Palestinian state… cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state,” the tweets state. “That is why Prime Minister Netanyahu expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004, which were overwhelmingly supported by both Houses of Congress. Among other things, those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines which are both indefensible and which would leave major Israeli population centers in Judea and Samaria beyond those lines….”

INC on May 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM

My thoughts: This POSBHO, who has absolutely NO experience with foreign matters, only knows how to vote “present” has the unmitigated gall to make statements like he does about Israel and then decide that Palestine should have their own state, which they NEVER have had to begin with……he needs to just STFD AND STFU. Man, we need an Allen West for President. Now, THAT man has had some serious foreign experience and would D.E.F.I.N.I.T.E.L.Y. not be a stupid freakin a$$hole every time he opened his mouth like this POSBHO but would absolfreakinlutely know what he’s talking about. Man, I am soooooooooo sick and tired of this POSBHO destroying not only OUR great country, but trying to push his POS liberal/communist/marxist, etc. shiite (of course, with his manly-man Soros’ help) on the Israelis……I.HATE.THIS.POSBHO. I hope I don’t get banned for this….have mercy AP!

sicoit on May 19, 2011 at 6:01 PM

You really didn’t think a community organizer was capable of addressing this. He is a coward at heart.

chemman on May 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

…you’re right…
……..and add liberal activist.
Obama’s Powers/Rice anti-Israel policies show that he is more concerned with pushing the left’s ideological pipe dreams than he is in taking control of the real issues that matter.
It is not surprising that the people that are actually paying attention to this issue know that the “Arab Spring” is opening the door to radical Islamic rule and furthering the goals of the jihad.Radical clerics and terrorist leaders around the world are just as happy about these uprisings as the idiots on their knees in the People’s Temple of Obama.
Terrorist regimes like Iran love it when the west focuses on the Palestinian issue so much….it takes them out of the spot light.This issue will never be resolved because the jihadist don’t want it resolved.It provides great cover for terrorism and keeps the idiots on the left in permanent victim mode towards the same people that launch hundreds of rockets into Israeli civilian territory every year.
Look how easily Syria played the left and it’s media allies by sending a bunch of protesters to rage at Israels borders.
Obama has done nothing but ensure that the jihad will grow.

Baxter Greene on May 19, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Baxter Greene on May 19, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Thank you for finding that quote from Bush in ’04 and pointing out that AllahP is wrong in saying that this speech from O today was nothing new.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on May 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Yes. Thanks.

INC on May 19, 2011 at 5:58 PM

No problem…glad it helped.

Baxter Greene on May 19, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Marco Rubio, Adam Hasner Step Up Republican Attack on Obama’s Mideast Policy

So how will Obama’s campaign handle this major issue in Florida on campaign stops?

INC on May 19, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Iran along with the Afghanistan/Pakistan theater is still much more important to the safety of America and the Middle East than the Palestinian issue.

Baxter Greene on May 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM

It seems the only problematic fact is the problematic fact that BHO doesn’t care.

Key West Reader on May 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

…I think Obama is resolved and content with Iran having the same leverage with nukes that Pakistan has.
Train,fund,and support terrorism all you want and don’t worry about an attack from the west…..because we have nukes.

…..but golly gee Beaver…if we can just make the Palestinians happy….than all of this will just go away.

Baxter Greene on May 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Arab leaders looooove to demagogue the “suffering in Gaza” as a distraction from their own corruption, but Egyptians are more worried about jobs and cheap bread.

Winning The Future?!?!?!
is this why they’ve been burning Israeli flags and mourning bin laden? They’re hungry?

Rocks on May 19, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Tom_Shipley on May 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Two exceptions:

1. None had given Israel such a cold shoulder.
2. He was going to be better and solve all the world’s ails, especially this one.

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Maybe this is a sign that the world is really coming to an end on Saturday…

Seven Percent Solution on May 19, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Bibbi is the latest recipient got the Ryan/Supreme Court/Caterpillar treatment. He should just cancel his travel plans.

tom0508 on May 19, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Sarah tweets :
Dear Mr. President, Please allow our ally, Mr. Netanyahu,
to respectfully arrive throught the front door.
Thanks, Concerned Americans

pambi on May 19, 2011 at 7:03 PM

tom0508 on May 19, 2011 at 6:58 PM

One article I read that was written prior to the speech said that Bibi would be in the air on the way here as Obama was speaking.

What despicable timing! Undercut the guy while he en route.

INC on May 19, 2011 at 7:03 PM

A reporter needs to ask Obama:

Should America’s illegals go back to their 1967 borders?

profitsbeard on May 19, 2011 at 5:58 PM

++++++++++

pambi on May 19, 2011 at 7:04 PM

I wouldn’t put it past Duh Won to treat Bibi the same way he did on his last visit. BO’s behavior was appalling. What’s he going to do? Say that he already made his position clear in his ‘major speech’ the day before Bibi arrives, excuse himself to have lunch with the Tamale MO and the girls?

We’ll see. It’s bound to be a disaster.

Cody1991 on May 19, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Don’t we have responses directly from the Israelis and the Palestinians? Why are the former surprised and the latter happy if these pundits and twitters are correct?

Rocks on May 19, 2011 at 7:25 PM

A nice catch from Hot Air alum Bryan Preston. A major Israeli paper, Yedioth Ahronoth, reported two days ago that Obama would publicly endorse the 1967 borders. Bibi’s “surprise” may simply be surprise that O didn’t relent after Israel asked him to remove that passage from the text.

No one is surprised he’s capable of it. It doesn’t make it any less a change to the US position. Maybe their surprised Obama couldn’t see how ridiculous that is after they pointed it out to him.

Rocks on May 19, 2011 at 7:33 PM

@SarahPalinUSA

Dear Mr. President, please allow our ally, PM Netanyahu, to respectfully arrive through the front door this time. Thanks,Concerned Americans

44 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

steebo77 on May 19, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Hey Isreal, BO is NOT your friend. Watch your backs because with this man/child in office the US does not seem to have yours. Hey US Jews you voted for him with over 90%, maybe next time you’ll think.

mmcnamer1 on May 19, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Just some more of that “smart diplomacy’ where Barry kisses Arab ass……..accomplishing nothing.

GarandFan on May 19, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Allen West today:

Has he announced he’s running yet?
I would so vote for this guy.

humdinger on May 19, 2011 at 7:45 PM

So,after Isreal was successful in the 1967 War,
Hopey wants to give it back,

Social Justice Crusade,me thinks!!

canopfor on May 19, 2011 at 7:46 PM

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