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Things, however, went beyond that. The Palestinian Authority decreed that there would be no “normalization,” and people or institutions were ordered and threatened against such trust-building measures. One Israeli center invited 35 Palestinians to discuss conciliation. Two came to the first meeting and only one, a non-Arab, came to the second. The resistance to such bridge-building comes from the Palestinian side, even if people want to do so but are intimidated.

Obama continued:

Four years ago, I stood in Cairo in front of an audience of young people — politically, religiously, they must seem a world away. But the things they want, they’re not so different from what the young people here want. They want the ability to make their own decisions and to get an education, get a good job; to worship God in their own way; to get married; to raise a family.

Perhaps. But the problem is how their wants are to be interpreted. It is a miracle of self-imposed ignorance that Obama makes no mention of what has happened in those four years. In country after country radical Islamists have been taking over who define what they want (hint: genocide against the Jews and Israel being wiped off the map). The moderate young people Obama has described are being repressed. Some have fled Egypt. Obama has done nothing to help them.

The same is true of those young Palestinians that I met with this morning. The same is true for young Palestinians who yearn for a better life in Gaza.

Perhaps when those young people take over from that repressive, undemocratic state things will change. But won’t Israel have to wait until that change comes? And for each one of such people there are one thousand who support violence, believe in total victory, and want Israel dead.

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?

“That’s where peace begins,” Obama continued, “not just in the plans of leaders, but in the hearts of people.” Yet what has happened in the hearts of people on the other side? That’s where the problem is. And if they have peace in their hearts they better keep it hidden there or else.

In his 1948 book about apartheid South Africa, Cry the Beloved Country, Alan Paton wrote:

I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they are turned to loving, they will find we are turned to hating.

But which side in this case can make that statement? Israel? The Palestinians and other Arabs? Both? Does a mirror image exist of equivalency? If Obama really did comprehend the situation, he would press a lot harder on the Palestinian side. Every time he has asked for help, Israel has said “yes”; the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have said “no.”

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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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