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I don’t have big problems with what President Barack Obama said in his lecture to Israeli students. He said that peace is good, that peace is good for Israel, that peace is possible, and that people should work for peace and conciliation.

All fine sentiments. The students applauded wildly because they didn’t think he was attacking Israel but voicing the sentiments they already hold, indeed that most Israelis and their leaders have held for decades. The only problem is that Obama doesn’t seem to understand this fact.

Young people tend to think that the world is completely changeable. They look at current reality and see foolishness and suffering and contradictions in it. They think it possible to re-imagine the world.

Of course, change is often desirable, as long as it is a change for the better, and possible. Many things have happened — the fall of the regime in Egypt; the Syrian civil war, etc. — that were previously thought improbable.

And yet there are reasons why things are as they are. What you want to see happen must be a realistic goal or else it can turn out very badly. In 1979 — I remember this vividly — the idea seemed undeniable to most people that the fall of Iran’s shah had to produce a better outcome. That theme of revolution welcomed and then becoming a bloodbath goes back as far as the French Revolution.

Obama said:

But for the moment, put aside the plans and the process. I ask you, instead, to think about what can be done to build trust between people.

This is not a new idea. It is something Israelis have been thinking about and working on for decades and especially during the last twenty years. Israel’s declaration of independence, May 14, 1948,  declared:

We extend our hand to all neighboring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighborliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land. The State of Israel is prepared to do its share in a common effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East.

During the “peace process” era of the 1990s, Israelis worked strenuously to build such bridges. I taught a course on political analysis at a Palestinian university (Yasir Arafat’s niece was one of my students) and knew that doing so was at some risk to my life. When the university’s public report came out afterward, I was the only person on the teaching staff not identified by country. They could or would not admit that they had a professor from Israel. An Israeli doctor volunteering to help heal people in the Gaza Strip fared worse. He was axed to death.

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Israel will never find peace with the Muslims because the Koran specifically says that the Muslims must never accept any Jew or Christian as a friend or neighbor.
In fact the Koran also says that all Jews and Christians must be destroyed by the Muslim.
So, if you are a practicing Mulsim, and if you are breathing air, then you are one, your only purpose in life is to further the power of Islam throughout the world.
Obama is either a fool or a false friend to Israel. Obama has done everything he can to bring Egypt under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood and now Syria is being brought under the same control. Next we will see Jordan with a Muslim uprising to be followed by Lebanon.
Does anyone see a pattern? We have the entire Med coast slowly coming under the control of the MB.... Soon Israel will be completely surrounded by the hostile Musllim Brotherhood. Remember what Obama said in his speech in Egypt when he insisted on the MB being invited to hear his speech.....
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Obama: "Political leaders will never take risks if the people do not push them to take some risks. You must create the change that you want to see."

Obama here is telling the students to work to oust that "stubborn old guy who remembers history," Netanyahu.

Once that stick-in-the-mud Netanyahu is out of the way, Obama figures, then flawless utopian visionaries like him can resume transforming the world again.

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I will point out only a few items in Barry Rubin’s essay, which is not to say that they make less important all the other points he made.
(1) “Even within Israel itself, Obama was heckled by an Israeli Arab college student who was horrified by his “pro-Israel” statements and told interviewers later that he wanted Israel as a state to disappear. Guess he wasn’t one of those young people. Would all Palestinians ready to live in their Arab Muslim state alongside Israel as a Jewish state please raise their hands?”
Can anyone imagine a Jewish student or person yelling out from the midst of a crowd of Arab students? How long would it take for him to be bludgeoned to death? He would not even have to yell out, but only be identified as Jewish. But this Israeli Arab student sees no contradiction between his attending a Israeli university in safety and security, with all his rights protected and more, and openly and proudly uttering his fervent wish for the destruction of the state to which he is a citizen.
(2) “I taught a course on political analysis at a Palestinian university (Yasir Arafat’s niece was one of my students) and knew that doing so was at some risk to my life. When the university’s public report came out afterward, I was the only person on the teaching staff not identified by country. They could or would not admit that they had a professor from Israel. An Israeli doctor volunteering to help heal people in the Gaza Strip fared worse. He was axed to death.”
This was indeed an act of bravery. I would understand if, for his personal safety, Barry Rubin felt pressure while teaching there to self-censor in order not to “offend”. But I don’t know if this happened or not. In any event, we know that many Arab professors who have tenure in Israeli universities, like the Arab Israeli student, feel not the slightest hesitation or fear of reprisal to openly state their fervent wish for the destruction of the state.
The last comment before mine by the Hitlerian fascist Muslim is a good example of the mentality faced by Israel of which Barry Rubin is talking. Let us not forget the consequences of making the same mistakes again.

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11 years ago today, on the eve of Passover, a Hamas suicide bomber broke into a hotel in Israel and blew himself up. This Passover, we remember the 30 civilians killed, and hundreds injured, in the Passover Massacre of 2002. http://goo.gl/zIdO0

1 year ago
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Great article Mr. Rubin, as I read the article I could not help but think about this famous quote:

Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.
Golda Meir
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DITTO!
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Peace for Israel, is something all free people desire, will only happen when the US attacks and stops the muslims,

Yes on their boarders but also everywhere else in the world.


muslin trash will never be content while Israel or the US exist.
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Solidspine,
If anybody posted a comment ,
Peace for the Palestinians is something all free people desire,will only happen when the U.S attacks and stops the jews.
Yes on their boarders but also everywhere else in the world
Jewish trash will never be content with Palestinians right to exist'
The ability to dehumanise muslim's and call for 1.6 billion of them to be wiped of the map is troubling and breathtaking
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