Obama’s Cairo speech analyses roundup
The “big” speech was indeed so long-winded and multi-faceted that, before it is too late, I decided to post a few good links and a single quote, instead of my random thoughts. It’s a bit too much for me to chew right now.
- The End of America’s Strategic Alliance with Israel? by Caroline Glick
In 1922 the League of Nations mandated Great Britain to facilitate the
reconstitution of the Jewish commonwealth in the Land of Israel on both
sides of the Jordan River. The international community’s decision to work
towards the reestablishment of Jewish sovereignty in Israel owed to its
recognition of the Jewish people’s legal, historic, and moral rights to our
Arab propaganda finds this basic and fundamental truth inconvenient. So for
the past 60 years, the Arabs have been advancing the fiction that Israel’s
existence owes solely to European guilt over the Holocaust. As far as the
Arabs are concerned, the Jews have no legal, historic, or moral right to
what the Arabs see as Islamic land.
In his address, while Obama admonished the Arabs for their pervasive Jew hatred and Holocaust denial, he effectively accepted and legitimized their view that Israel owes its existence to the Holocaust when he said, “the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied,” and then went on to talk about the Holocaust.
Just as abominably, Obama compared Israel to Southern slave owners and Palestinians to black slaves in the antebellum south. He used the Arab euphemism “resistance” to discuss Palestinian terrorism, and generally ignored the fact that every Palestinian political faction is also a terrorist organization.
In addition to his morally outrageous characterization of Israel and factually inaccurate account of its foundations, Obama struck out at the Jewish state through the two policies he outlined in his address. His first policy involves coercing Israel into barring all Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria (otherwise known as the West Bank), and Jerusalem.
Even more strategically devastating than his castigation of Israel as the villain in the Arab-Israel conflict is Obama’s stated policy towards Iran.
- Assessing Obama’s Cairo Speech by Daniel Pipes
- Obama’s Cairo Speech and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict: Good Intentions Plus Misunderstanding Equals Failure by Barry Rubin
- Also by Barry Rubin: longish (as good analysis should be) but highly recommended: U.S. MIDDLE EAST POLICY: TOO MANY CHALLENGES AND YET A SINGLE THEME
- Diplomacy of Wishful Thinking. Obama in Cairo by Mona Charen
- Re: The Cairo Speech: A slap in the face to the Jewish people by Anne Bayefsky
- A Courageous, But Sad, Speech in Cairo by Dennis Prager
- Salaam Aleikum, Dudes! What Can Be Learned from Obama’s Cairo Speech (Mostly quoting Ralph Peters in NY Post) by Sammy Benoit, AKA Yid with Lid.
Criticism and Conciliation by Raymond Ibrahim
West Bank Settlements and the Future of U.S.-Israeli Relations by George Friedman (STRATFOR)
The Exodus Obama Forgot to Mention by Andre Aciman
Israel and the US: What Special Relationship? by Ami Isseroff
Why Israelis Are Cool on the Obama Speech by Judea Pearl
Our Historically Challenged President. A list of distortions by Victor Davis Hanson
Obama to Jews: I’m Just Not That Into You by Stuart Schwartz
A new magazine Tablet has a Liberal response to Conservative criticism:
Purple Prose of Cairo. The trouble with conservative critiques of Obama’s Cairo speech by Michael Weiss
How representative is this selection? It depends on the metrics. This is what caught my eye and I thought is worth attention.
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