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Obama, Israel and Palestine
Obama, Israel and Palestine
[ 23/07/2008 - 11:43 PM ]
By Khalid Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem

Barack Obama has finally made his long-awaited pilgrimage to Israel, a rite of passage that no aspiring American politician, let alone a presidential candidate,  can afford to miss or  ignore.

There (or rather here),  Obama uttered  all the politically-correct words that Israeli leaders and especially Israel-firsters back home  would want to hear.

He called the creation of Israel in Palestine in 1948 a “miracle,” utterly  ignoring the near obliteration of Palestine  and   expulsion to the four corners of the world of the vast bulk  of its indigenous Christian and Muslim inhabitants.

The presidential hopeful told Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that “I have come to communicate to you my fervent support for Israel.”

In Sderot, in southern Israel, Obama was quoted as saying the following: “If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I would do everything in my power to stop that, and would expect Israelis to do the same thing.”

Of course,  he mentioned absolutely nothing about the Israeli campaign of murder and terror against  Gaza,  particularly the year-long harsh blockade of the coastal enclave’s  estimated 1.5 million inhabitants, which has killed and maimed thousands of innocent men, women and children whose only “crime” is that they had dared elect a government the Bush administration and Israel didn’t  like.

Predictably, Obama lashed out at Iran, saying that “a situation in which Iran was capable of making nuclear weapons would be “game-changing” and would have repercussions across the world.

Again, he utterly and totally ignored Israel’s estimated 300 nuclear warheads, as if  even alluding to this well-known fact was an earth-shaking taboo.

Obama is not ignorant of the facts in the Middle East. He is well-aware of the evil nature of the  Israeli occupation of Palestine and the equally criminal treatment meted out to the Palestinian people.

He also knows well that true and just peace with the Palestinians is the last item on Israel’s agenda as evidenced from the unmitigated Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank, especially in occupied Arab East Jerusalem.

Non the less, Obama is also meticulously conscious  of the whoring theatre of American politics where political correctness  always exceeds and overrides moral rightness.

He knows that the nearly complete Jewish domination of the “media discourse” in America leaves him with only two choices: Either he be conscientious, in which case he would  most probably lose; or play the political prostitution game quite skillfully, and have a fair chance of winning. Obama has obviously opted to adopt the later choice.

It is of course true that the sole reason behind Obama’s visit to Israel, a country that got the US involved in two wars in the Middle East and is now  hell-bent trying to get  the Bush Administration to wage a third  war, this time  on Iran, has  more to do with his efforts to  impress  American Jewish voters, especially American Zionist leaders, than  with showing solidarity with “Sderot” or underscoring his commitment to peace in the Middle East.

But this is only partially true. There are far more Hispanic voters in the US than Jewish voters, but Obama has made no pilgrimage to Mexico as he has to Israel.

Similarly, there are probably at least as many American  Muslim voters as there are Jewish voters, who unlike the Jews are expected to overwhelmingly vote for Obama, given their conspicuously nightmarish experience with the  Bush administration, especially its witch-hunting campaign against American Muslims.

Yet we have seen Obama display a virtually phobic reaction toward  everything and anything Islamic, from refusing to be photographed with two hejab-wearing supporters recently to him completely disavowing his childhood Islamic heritage as  if the religion of  Islam,  which gave the world so much in terms of  civilization and culture,  were something to be ashamed of.

This probably explains why Obama  has carefully avoided visiting the Haram al Sharif esplanade in East Jerusalem, one of the world’s most splendid sites, lest he be caught inadvertently showing signs of respect to the holy place or shaking hands with a Muslim scholar.

Then his  political opponents back home would rather enthusiastically   seize “the golden opportunity” of having finally found   the ultimate  “proof” that Obama is in fact  a “crypto-follower of Osama bin Laden.”  After all,  Obama’s last name and Osama’s first have 80% similarity.!!!

Well, anything could work in a country that can be so easily   mesmerized by spin doctors and misled to the abyss  by organized mendacity.

Yes, it is the spin doctors, the professional liars, that Obama is worried about, I would say much more than he is about Jewish voters. This is why he probably doesn’t want to give them any chances, even at the expense of whatever moral credentials he might have.

I know that the hardcore Jewish leadership in America doesn’t really  like or trust Obama, mainly because in the tone of his voice they detect a propensity to refuse total submission to Jewish power. This is the reason that their support of the black candidate is shrouded with more than a thin façade of hypocrisy and disingenuousness. 

But why would  the “omnipotent lobby” not  unmask its doubts and lack of certitude about Obama and switch support to Senator McCain, who is with Israel, heart and soul?

Well, because they are worried  that in case Obama won the race,  they lobby would probably fall out of favor  with the  next master of the White House. And that would be very bad for Israel. Hence, their uttered slogan is “we must not allow this Negro to outsmart or outmaneuver us.”

Surely, American Zionism and its powerful lobby, which  effectively controls American politics and policies,  is fond of  Obama’s tongue. But they are not so sure about Obama’s mind and heart.

So, far Obama has done a remarkable job hiding whatever discrepancy there might be  between his tongue and his conscience. This is what irks Israel’s firsters  most.

Well, let us hope that Obama will be the  next President of the United States. At least if he can’t stand up to Israel , whose former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was rumored to have said “We, the Jews, control America and the Americans know it,” he, at the very least, would  be the lesser of the two evils, since a McCain’s presidency would mean another four years of George W. Bush’s policies.

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Hmm
Name: Palestinian Muslim Date: 24/07/2008 13:48:41
Country: Sweden Job:
I see it diffirently. As Obama is much more pressured to show that he is a good guy (according to their standards), then he will also be much more vulnerable to be fooled in to a war which will be much worse then the Iraq and Afghanistan disaster. They will stay on his back until he attacks some country, maybe Iran and since he cant afford to be seen as weak then there is a big possibility he will fall for it. He could bring the U.S in to a bigger mess they are in. As for a just peace with Israel, there is no such thing. What is so just about the zionists keeping 78 percent of Palestine? What is so just about them keeping Haifa, Yaffa, Akka, Tabaria, El Nasre etc? Is this just? There is no such thing as a just peace with israel.
ALL ARE ENEMYY
Name: muslim Kenyan Date: 24/07/2008 18:45:35
Country: Kenya Job: Business Man
I sure that there is not different between Obama and Bush, all are traying to say " YES" for juwish, all are enemyy. hasabunallah wanimanl wakil
Nothing has changed:US subservience
Name: Daud Serva Date: 24/07/2008 20:46:32
Country: Job:
No surprise at Obama`s Israel first mentality. Here a fellow touted as US/world saviour after war criminal Bush goes,hopefully,with Blair to a war crimes trial. Obama,"Obliterate Iran" Clinton and J."Bomb bomb Iran" McCain tried to out do each other in showing the greater subservience to Israel as they knelt at AIPAC`s alter. So welcome to another US President controlled by warmonger Zionist apologists and their Zionists pals in Tel Aviv where the leadership has been rightly labelled: "a gang of amoral thugs" by the British MP Sir Gerald Kaufman who is Jewish. As for Obama`s Sderot/daughter`s comment.Is he aware he was standing on a former Palestinian village (Nadj))cleansed in May of 1948 by Jewish terrorists.? Probobly not. Obama and family should stay in Gaza a week or two and taste terror the Palestinians have to endure weekly. $300,000 missiles and bombs guided by an Israeli pilot in his US built Jet.? P.S. Mr Obama, even the missiles and bombs are US made. D.Serva
my god
Name: cb Date: 31/07/2008 20:13:06
Country: Job: Retired
my god the hate that i read about form this part of the world is beyound thought. no one wants peace so they point finger as each other and continue to kill each other. this is all about power, matters not what side one is on. it only matter who has the power. god looks down on both sides and cries.
be a fair leader, mr. obama!
Name: ashari al-haj Date: 02/01/2009 03:29:04
Country: Job: Business Man
dear mr.president-elect obama, i jst want you to be a fair world leader, fair to all man kind, jews or mslims, christians or athers. wish yo all the best, mr president.
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