Obama’s UN Cowardice

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President Obama closed his speech by affirming the United States’ dedication to partnering with the United Nations to continue finding new paths to peace. But he said not a single word about holding the United Nations accountable for sponsoring anti-Semitic, anti-Western hatefests like the Durban conferences that purport to oppose racism. He said not a word about the need for serious reform at the UN, which American taxpayers are subsidizing to the tune of several billion dollars a year.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy laid out what he described as intermediate steps towards a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians in his speech to the General Assembly. Just as he had taken over leadership in dealing with the Libyan crisis from President Obama, Sarkozy was moving to do the same with respect to restarting the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.  In a slap against American diplomatic efforts to date, Sarkozy said that “we must stop believing that a single country, even the largest, or a small group of countries can resolve so complex a problem. Too many crucial players have been sidelined for our efforts to succeed.”

Sarkozy proposed that France host a donor conference this fall so that the Palestinians can complete the construction of their future state.

To avoid a U.S. Security Council veto of the resolution to grant the Palestinians full UN membership rights – a veto that Sarkozy predicted would spark violence – the French president proposed the intermediate step of granting the Palestinians observer state status through the General Assembly. He envisions that such status would give the Palestinian people more hope while negotiations on a final peace agreement proceed, which would be based on the pre-1967 territorial lines with mutual land swaps that President Obama proposed last May.

“My dear colleagues,” Sarkozy said, “we have no other choice: inaction and deadlock, or an intermediate solution that would help restore hope to the Palestinians, with the status of observer state.” He continued:

At the same time, Israel must observe the same restraint—it must refrain from any actions that would jeopardize the final status. The ultimate goal is of course the mutual recognition of two nation states for two peoples, established on the basis of the 1967 borders, with agreed on and equivalent exchanges of land.

Sarkozy proposed the following timetable to reach the end state:

  • One month to resume discussions;
  • Six months to reach an agreement on borders and security; and
  • One year to reach a definitive agreement

Behind-the-scenes negotiations are reportedly underway to let the Palestinians file their application for UN membership with the Security Council this week, but not press for a vote right away. The application would be held in abeyance, perhaps by being lodged with a member admissions committee for extended consideration, while Israel and the Palestinians return to the negotiating table. In the meantime, as Sarkozy suggests, the Palestinians could be given observer state status, which would allow them to join various UN bodies, such as the UN Human Rights Council, and be heard by the International Criminal Court.

Sadly, all this maneuvering ignores the fundamental stumbling block that has prevented peaceful co-existence of a Palestinian state and Israel for 63 years. It is the Palestinians’ refusal to deal in good faith with Israel on a basis that will allow Israelis to live in peace in their own Jewish homeland, after having been persecuted in so many countries around the world for so many years, including by Arab states.

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  • Larry

    Obama's only cowardice in this situation is that he lacks the guts to come straight out with what he believes – That Israel should be destroyed, and if another 6 million or so Jews die in the process, well, that's just too bad..

    • mojo

      Where do you get that? You really should try thinking for yourself.

  • StephenD

    I would love for it to be put to a vote…AMERICA OUT OF THE UN.
    My money says the American people would agree.
    In the least, we should stop giving so much money and let France take on the General Assembly Building responsibility. The USA should provide an Ambassador and the same $$ as the average ONLY.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    It deserves normal relations with its neighbors.

    Where pray tell are non-Muslim states having normal relations with their Islamic neighboring states? Are they severely delusional or what?

    It is the Palestinians’ refusal to deal in good faith with Israel on a basis that will allow Israelis to live in peace in their own Jewish homeland, after having been persecuted in so many countries around the world for so many years, including by Arab states. ,

    As long as you guys keep writing in the false context of the Palestinians, the Arabs, and the peace process pretense as if Islam doesn't even exist, instead of the the context of the Islamic world's genocidal permanent and perpetual jihad of conquest not only being waged against the Jewish infidels (unbelievers) in Israel, but also against Hindu infidels (unbelievers), Buddhist infidels (unbelievers), Christian infidels (unbelievers), Orthodox Christian infidels (unbelievers), atheist infidels (unbelievers), animist infidels (unbelievers), and any and all infidels (unbelievers) in too many places to list, you guys will continue harming the long term interests of Israel and indeed all infidels (unbelievers) around the world.

    Indeed, it's like everyone is playing a game of Kabuki as everyone is posturing and pretending to seek peace, while jihads of conquest are being waged simultaneously elsewhere against many other infidels (unbelievers) besides Israel that are deliberately being ignored. Meanwhile, in the back of everyone's mind, everyone knows that no peace is possible, but nonetheless everyone continues to ignore the 800 pound gorilla in the room at the same time that they also maintain the false pretense. It's both hilarious and sad at the same time.

    • WildJew

      That the author, Israel's prime minister, etc., are playing a game of Kabuki, posturing and pretending to seek peace, should be unsurprising. Most everyone inside and outside Israel have been playing this game for decades. It could prove to be Israel's undoing. If not her undoing, it might conceivably cost thousands of innocent Jewish lives.

    • john gerard

      Islam exists solely to annihilate all non-islamic culture and civilization, wherever it finds it, and replace it with Islam. That's the whole point of it. For the last 1400 years, it has waged a permanent war against the infidels. It's not diffcitult to understand. All other talk is bullsh*t white-noise. There are no nations, no arabs, no so-called 'Palestinians', only Islam, and its believers. No such thing as 'extremists' – only people who are practicing Islam as it was intended. No 'moderates', only people who don't have the stomach to practice Islam as it was intended (as described in the Sira), but contribute to the jihad in other, non-violent ways. You gotta love those 'moderates' who condemn terrorism – but not the aims of the terrorists.

  • muchiboy

    "Tell that to Lara Logan,.."

    The Arab Spring cannot be compared to the (sexual) assault of Lara Logan.Worse has happened to female war correspondents.Being female anywhere is a risk in itself.Look at the former IMF head in NYC.Besides,hopefully the Arab Spring will begin the process of needed change in the Islamic world e.g.human rights,gender equality,religious tolerance,etc..

    "Let us be honest with ourselves: Israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it."

    Yes,let us be honest,brutally,by all means:Palestine and the (Arab) Palestinian people has been occupied,colonized and ethnically cleansed by (Zionist) Jews.

    " The Jewish people carry the burden of centuries of exile and persecution, and fresh memories of knowing that six million people were killed simply because of who they are. Those are facts. They cannot be denied."

    The Palestinian people carry the burden of sixty years plus of occupation,ethnic cleansing,exile in the camps,etc.These are the other facts.They cannot be denied.

    "The Jewish people have forged a successful state in their historic homeland. Israel deserves recognition. It deserves normal relations with its neighbors"

    The Palestinian people have forged a nationhood in the camps in and outside their historic homeland.Palestine deserves recognition,as do the Israeli and self imposed sufferings.

    • WildJew

      Why is it that the Jews occupy Muslim land and not Muslims occupying Jewish land?

      • muchiboy

        Of course,the biggest complication here is the occupation and effective (arguable) colonization of Palestine by the Diaspora,mostly European Jews,again,effectively and arguably by ethnic cleansing then and now.Of course, the history of the region,Palestine more so,perhaps,is very complicated indeed,from the time of the dispersals of the Jews from Zion to now,including a continual Jewish presence in Palestine,the Jewish homeland.So,to speak of Jews from the European Diaspora occupying Palestine at the expense of the native Arab Palestinians is more then a little unsettling at best and more then suggests a special case of conventional occupation and colonization as well as ethnic cleansing,considering the reversal in populations of the once majority Arab vs minority Jew in modern Palestine.Clear as mud,eh?muchiboy

        • mrbean

          What a crock of crap. Mr muchiboy you are one of the most uninformed people I have ever read. Read and learn. http://www.masada2000.org/historical.html

          • kafir4life

            You can never expect these things to listen to facts as they've already had their "minds" made up for them.

            allahu snackbar

          • mojo

            That link looks really fair and balanced… probably as fair and balanced as this web site. It might be good to explore other sources of information and see if what your reading is really reality.

            You might try read Al Jazeera for example for a different view—before you run away think about WHY you reject that so resoundingly.

        • WildJew

          I would dispute your charge of "ethnic cleansing" on the part of the Jews. Some Arabs were expelled in the course of the wars of Arab aggression. Many fled in panic or fear or were urged to do so by their leaders. But ethnic cleansing is the history of the world. Assuming you live in North America (even if you don't) what do you make of the ethnic cleansing of the North American continent by white European colonialists, settlers, squatters and the looting / expropriation of American Indian and Mexican land? Why aren't you worked up about that bit of ethnic cleansing? You concede the Jews have had a continuous, uninterrupted presence in Israel (for four thousand years), why do you posit it is the Arabs who are the indigenous people when we know the Arabs conquered "palestine" sometime in the early to mid seventh century CE thousands of years after the Israelites' presence in and kingdoms in the land?

          You speak of the "colonization" of the land of Israel. White Europeans colonized North America – a land which white Europeans had no historic connection. Many lands and peoples have been colonized over the centuries. Arabs (Muslims) came out of Arabia in the seventh century, conquering and colonizing lands from North Africa, through Egypt, Syria, Iraq, to India, Iran, and China. Jews returned en mass to our own tiny God-given piece of land that was illegally occupied and colonized by Arabs who came from Arabia and are squatters in a land to which they have no right. How does one "colonize" ones own land? How can the descendants of Jacob be colonizers in our own land?

          • mojo

            Why is it the Israelis kill 10 palestinians to every Israeli that is killed?

            Yes America wiped out the Native Americans, who still live here. Do Native Americans rub in our face that we ethnically cleansed them from the continent? Do they continuously wage war against the white man killing ten for every native american that is killed? Why is it Israel can't grow up and move on? Oh that's right they are sooo persecuted….

            Why is it the world body is not allowed to investigate the massacre that occurred in Jena? Why is it the Israelis can use cluster bombs in civilian population areas with impunity?

            It's time Israel behaved or was required to behave as other advanced civilized nations.

  • stern

    muchiboy, you're back!

    Why?

    • muchiboy

      Missed you Zionist guys and gals.Besides,need to sharpen my debating skills,I was getting rusty.And maybe learn a thing or two.muchiboy

      • stern

        muchiboy, you learning a thing or two is more than we can hope for. We've tried to educate you, but you are so filled with hatred, it's simply impossible. And here's a tip: the best way to improve your debating skills is to acquaint yourself with the facts. It really helps when you actually know what you're talking about, rather than just parroting some nonsense that you've heard somewhere else and that can easily be disproven.

        • kafir4life

          Facts are the tools of the Jews. muchiboy and his people have no use for them.

          allahu snackbar

      • aspacia

        muchless, you have no rhetorical skills.

    • aspacia

      Don't encourage mucinec

  • stern

    "The Palestinian people have forged a nationhood in the camps in and outside their historic homeland."

    Have you ever bothered to ask yourself why that is the case? Why are the "Palestinian people" kept in camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria (and yes, even in so-called "Palestine" itself, in the West Bank)? Don't you think there's something horribly wrong about a people who will keep their own brothers, their own ethnic twins, segregated, separate, apart, purely so that useful idiots like you will see them as victims of Israel, rather than as pawns in the murderous game of anti-Semitism?

    • muchiboy

      The Arab regimes,for all their faults,are not responsible for the occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.This,I consider a red herring on your part.Furthermore,the Arab states have gone to war on behalf of the Palestinians and one only need look at the states bordering Israel to see that these not wealthy ,not politically stable countries have given refuge to these unfortunate victims of war.How many Palestinian war refugees has israel allowed to return?How many Russian,French,Canadian,Ethiopian Jews have you given citizenship to?Exactly."nuff said.muchiboy

      • stern

        Actually, muchiboy, the Arab regimes ARE responsible for the refugee problem. They created it when they attacked the nascent Israel and they had perpetuated it ever since.

        What's more, every refugee population in history has been resettled in the countries to which they fled – except the Palestinians. And the Arab armies went to war on "behalf of the Palestinians"? Surely you jest!! For the Arabs, it was nothing but a land grab. If they were fighting for their "brothers", why did Jordan annex the West Bank? Why did Egypt hold onto the Gaza strip? Why was no Palestinian state created on that land between 1948 and 1967?

        Now let's consider the OTHER Middle East refugees. More than 850,000 Jews were ethnically cleansed – and in this case, that accusation is historically and demonstrably true – from Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria etc. The vast majority of those were absorbed by … guess who, muchi old boy -… yup, Israel!!!

        So Israel absorbed its refugees (proof: more than half of Israel's Jewish population today consists of so-called "Eastern Jews" – or Sephardic Jews. They did NOT come from Europe, as your preferred propaganda pieces would have you believe. Surprise!). Why should Israel be expected to also absorb the refugees created and perpetuated by the Arab world?

        Your entire argument is bogus, and easily dismantled. I would suggest you take your "debating skills" to The Guardian, where a lack of knowledge as broad as yours is welcome and you will not have to face uncomfortable facts.

  • Linda Rivera

    Gaza has acquired anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets from rebel-controlled Libya. Every Muslim terrorist organization on earth
    must be REJOICING over the US/FRANCE/NATO/Libyan rebel victory.

    As US/NATO won the war for the rebels, US/NATO is now responsible for removing these rockets from Gaza – rockets that will be fired on Israel’s civilians.

  • Linda Rivera

    STOP THE GENOCIDE!

    The Obama-supported rebels left in charge are now conducting a “large
    scale cleaning in the areas under their control with the extermination
    of all blacks in the capital”, according to The Independent.

    Ruthless genocide of blacks in Libya by US/France/NATO backed Al-Qaeda linked rebels has been going on for months. US/NATO who waged war for months for the Al-Qaeda linked rebels-who murder our troops in Iraq-are RESPONSIBLE for stopping the genocide.

    US/NATO are also responsible for
    rescuing the many terrified blacks kidnapped by the rebels, including the
    kidnapped black children who have been horrendously abused by the
    black-hater Muslim rebels.

    Blacks must have human rights!

    STOP THE GENOCIDE!

    • muchiboy

      Yes,and then stop the persecution and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people by Zionist Israel.muchiboy

      • Western Canadian

        Since this persecution and ethnic clensing only exists in the fetid imaginations of jew haters like yourself, the only way it could be stopped would be for you to undergo an intense psyciatric rebuidling of your sad and hate filled mind…..

        I VOTE YES.

  • geez

    Obama hates Israel just like every other Muslim.

    • johnnywoods

      That`s what I`m sayin`.

    • mojo

      Where did you get that Obama is a muslim?

  • Linda Rivera

    America was responsible behind the scenes for the ouster of U.S. ally, moderate Mubarak. Greatly empowering the Muslim Brotherhood, favorites, whom Obama invited to his Cairo speech. Since moderate Mubarak's ouster, predictably, things have become extremely grim for Egypt's Christians. Muslim attacks on Christians, their homes, churches and property have greatly increased. Kidnappings of Christian female children by Muslim males has also increased enormously. G-D help them!

  • Linda Rivera

    Sarkozy, before you demand vulnerable little Israel surrender half her TINY land and half of the eternal, holy Jewish city of Jerusalem to global Islam, first surrender half of France and PARIS to YOUR Muslim immigrants. If you are not willing to surrender France and Paris to colonizing Islam, then don't demand Israel surrender the Jewish Holy Land to Islam.

    Sarkozy proposed that France host a donor conference this fall so that the Palestinians can complete the construction of their future state.

    Not one dollar from America! PA Muslims spat in the faces of America's tax-payers on 9/11. THOUSANDS of INHUMAN PA Muslims celebrated with great joy the suffering and cruel mass slaughter of our cherished 3,000. PA Muslims danced in the streets, passed out candies and fired into the air.

    Not one inch of Jewish land to monsters!

  • Ghostwriter

    Unfortunately,President Obama's acts more like a fool than anything. That's what's gotten him into trouble.

    • kafir4life

      It's NOT an act.

  • Dispozadaburka

    Obama will let Israel think that he is on their side,
    for now,
    until he is re-elected.
    He needs to take over Jerusalem for the Muslims (Saudi's) by December 21, 2012, then and only then
    can Islam rule the world.

  • mrbean

    Our foreign policy is being run by a clandestine muslim Marxist in the oval office and an inept post menopausal hag as the Secretary of State, so a FUBAR cluster f*&k is what we should have expected and for that matter deserve for electing such an incompetent regime.

  • muchiboy

    "Assuming you live in North America (even if you don't) what do you make of the ethnic cleansing of the North American continent by white European colonialists, settlers,.."

    There are gross similarities,obviously,but significant differences,too.I am Canadian,and there are NO first nation people excluded from Canada's borders.The same cannot be said for Israel,where hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees are denied "right of return",unlike foreign born Jews,who have a "God given right of return".Canada has a shameful history of colonization and mistreatment of First Nations people,which has been acknowledged by our Prime Minister.We are doing what we can,and we know it is not enough,to integrate the First Nations into Canadian society.
    Israel has a shameful history of occupation and effective ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people and to this day continues to settle land that would otherwise become Palestinian in a future state.Unlike Canada,and America for that matter,as well as South Africa,Israel remains a Zionist state with a Wall to keep Palestinian refugees out of their homeland effectivly denying them their birth right.Stop throwing stones.muchiboy

    • Western Canadian

      muchiBSboy, you may reside in Canada, but you are not a Canadian. You are uncommonly ignorant, as well as uncommonly hate-filled. Instead of posting your logical inversions (examples? all of your posts), and hate based fantasies, why don’t you revert to the real you, and just post ‘i hate the joo’s’ and leave it at that.

      • stern

        Thank you Western Canadian. I got sucked into arguing with this idiot. He went away for a while and I seem to have forgotten how fixed he is in his hatreds and BS. He will never acknowledge that he might have things inverted. He will never admit that the Jews of the Holy Land have rights too. He has completely swallowed and internalized the lies told by the Palestinians and their fellow travellers. He is, quite simply, a dyed in the wool, born and bred, irredeemable anti-Semite.

        All of which means that he's not worth the electrons it takes to reply to him.

    • aspacia

      Canada is older than Israel, and subdued its aboriginals a long time ago. It will take Israel at least as much time, approximately 150 years.

  • Fray222

    So we need to crush any move towards Arab democracy, because that would be bad for Israel. And why are we supporting Israel in the first place? Oh ya, because its the only democracy in the Middle East.
    The only reason the Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, is because Israel and its supporters want it that way.