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Friday, June 5, 2009

Moderates support Obama

It is good to see the moderate majority speaking up, otherwise the radicals will reign in, their ideas have not worked and have no chance of making it work as they miss out the concept of justice and co-existence. Here are a few comments;



  1. Jewish Voice for PeaceJune 5, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Jewish Voice for Peace said...
    Jewish Voice for Peace
    Dear Mike,

    We've asked Prof. Joel Beinin, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Middle East History at Stanford University, to give us his impression on President Obama's speech in Cairo today. We're sharing his response with you.

    An articulate and charismatic President of the United States named Barack Hussein Obama giving a speech at Cairo University co-sponsored by al-Azhar, the most eminent institution of Muslim learning - now that's a new picture. Its enormous symbolic value is President Obama's biggest asset as he implements policy on the entire range of difficult issues he mentioned. The President stated, "Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail." This is an excellent basis for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

    The President did not provide details on how the conflict should be resolved beyond general support for "two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security." But the meaning of this formulation is now contested due to its empty repetition by presidents and prime ministers whose actions and inactions have undermined it. Instead President Obama emphasized U.S. rejection of "the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements," saying nothing about the future of those settlements already existing and their nearly 500,000 inhabitants. By limiting himself to an apparently pragmatic "first step," President Obama may have made his task harder. If he does not produce concrete results very soon on this limited, albeit it absolutely necessary, measure, then the potential value of his fine words in Cairo will soon diminish.

    Joel Beinin

    June 4, 2009
    Stanford, CA
    Obama speaking at Cairo University
    Jewish Voice for Peace

  2. Brit Tzedek v'ShalomJune 5, 2009 at 10:43 AM


    Diane Balser, executive director of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the
    country's largest Jewish grassroots peace movement, released the
    following statement in response to President Obama's speech in

    Pledge to build support for President Obama's pursuit of
    Israeli-Palestinian peace. Sign the pledge, "We've Got Your
    Back, Mr President."

    "Today in his historic address to the Muslim world from Cairo,
    President Obama made clear his commitment to renew US leadership
    in negotiating a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The current stalemate is not only unspeakably tragic for Israelis and Palestinians alike, but fans the flame of extremism across the region and thus threatens the United States' national security interests in the region.

    The usual suspects will likely rush to characterize the
    President's insistence that both Israelis and Palestinians
    uphold preexisting commitments -- including a complete freeze on
    all Israeli settlement expansion and a concerted effort by the
    Palestinians to end all violence and incitement -- as indicative
    of an historic realignment that threatens Israel's alliance with
    the United States. In truth, the single most pro-Israel thing an
    American President can do is to actively pursue a negotiated,
    two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as
    Israel's very future as a democracy and a Jewish homeland
    depends on it.

    The President made a persuasive case for the common interest in
    resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which extends beyond
    the two parties, to include the Arab countries, the United
    States and its allies around the world. As Americans, as Jews
    and as people deeply committed to ensuring Israel's prospects
    for long-term peace and security, we stand with the President
    and with all those willing to work in pursuit of a resolution to
    the conflict."

    Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
    11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707
    Chicago, IL 60603
    Phone: (312) 341-1205
    Fax: (312) 341-1206