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July 14, 2014 - 7:37 pm

President Obama told guests at the White House’s annual Iftar dinner tonight that “further escalation” in the Middle East “benefits no one, least of all the Israeli and the Palestinian people.”

Faced with criticism from some Arab and Muslim activists who think he has been too friendly toward the Israeli side, Obama addressed the conflict near the end of his comments, which largely honored “the traditions of one of the world’s great faiths.”

“For all of us, whatever our faiths, Ramadan is a reminder of just how much we share. The values of peace and charity, the importance of family and community — these are universal values. The command to love one another, to uphold justice, and to care for the least among us — these are common threads in our faith traditions,” Obama said.

“…In Islam, there is a hadith that says God helps the servant as long as the servant helps his brother.  In other words, we’re summoned to serve and lift up one another, and that’s the lesson of several of our guests here tonight.”

Guests included Muslim Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.), as well as Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.). Ambassadors from Arab and Muslim-majority countries were also invited.

“The pictures we are seeing in Gaza and Israel are heart-wrenching. People here in the United States care deeply about what’s happening there, and I know there are strong views, as well as differences, about how we should move forward, which is part of American democracy. We welcome that debate. That makes us stronger,” Obama said.

“Our goal has been and continues to be peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians. And I will say very clearly, no country can accept rocket fired indiscriminately at citizens. And so, we’ve been very clear that Israel has the right to defend itself against what I consider to be inexcusable attacks from Hamas,” he continued. “At the same time, on top of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that we’ve worked long and hard to alleviate, the death and injury of Palestinian civilians is a tragedy, which is why we’ve emphasized the need to protect civilians, regardless of who they are or where they live.”

Obama promised “to continue doing everything we can to facilitate a return to the 2012 cease-fire.”

“We are encouraged that Egypt has made a proposal to accomplish this goal, which we hope can restore the calm that we’ve been seeking. More broadly, however, the situation in Gaza reminds us again that the status quo is unsustainable and that the only path to true security is a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, where differences are resolved peacefully and in ways that respect the dignity of all people,” he said.

Obama has tried to forge a Mideast peace deal in his second term but the process fell apart when Fatah and Hamas negotiated a unity government. Hamas is on the U.S. foreign terrorist organization list.

“Here at home, even as we’re vigilant in ensuring our security, we have to continue to remain true to our highest ideals. In the United States of America, there is no place for false divisions between races and religions,” the president said. “We are all Americans, equal in rights and dignity, and no one should ever be targeted or disparaged because of their faith.  And that, too, is what makes us stronger.”

 

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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“…In Islam, there is a hadith that says God helps the servant as long as the servant helps his brother. In other words, we’re summoned to serve and lift up one another, and that’s the lesson of several of our guests here tonight.”

For someone who claims to be a Christian Obama sure makes a lot of references to hadiths or the Quoran.

The only reference I can recall him making to the Bible is when he said that Jesus taught that we should "be our brother's keeper", which is in fact from the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis.

“Our goal has been and continues to be peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians." but he makes no demands on the "Palestinians" yet calls on the Israeli's to show restraint.

Blah, blah, blah ... and more moral equivalence between aggressors and their victims.

How can any American support this despicable man?
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Did the Oval Office Teppichfresser begin smoking dope again--and at taxpayer expense? If anything, "Ramadan is a reminder of just how much we [DON'T] share;" and it is a blatant lie for anyone to suggest that Islam now promotes or has ever embraced in the past any sense of a Western Tradition.
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"The command to love one another" and "The values of peace."

Now we know how Barack Hussein Obama was never able to hear any of the anti-white, anti-American hate filled rhetoric of his spiritual mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, over a period of twenty years.

Barack is deaf and blind as well as dumb.
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The islamic communist puppet is now transparent.
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There are very few civilian casualties in Gaza. Most of the dead are military age males, and most likely are Hamas operatives. Al Jazeera has published the names of the dead. The names were released by the Gaza Health Ministry. The excellent organization CAMERA published an analysis of the data on its website and has found that there are at least 150 of the total dead are military age males. This would be 75 percent of the total dead.
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Yawn. Obama tries once again to show his interest in peace and brotherhood.
Poor performance.
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John Kerry could never broker a peace because neither side could read his face.
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Of course, it's possible to read Kerry's face. You just have to speak 'horse'.
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The more Obama opens his mouth, the dumber he looks. Islamists believe in peace? Not! Islam hasn't been a religion of peace in 1400 years. I doubt that it is going to start now just because Obama thinks so.
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All one has to do is look at what is happening in Iraq today to make one want to laugh in president Obama's face.
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HADITH THIS
It is written: All nations which do not acknowledged the Prophet are sinners, whom it is the right and duty of the faithful [of Islam] to plunder and enslave
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Since when does Islam share the value of peace -- unless when non-Muslims accept second class status.
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“…In Islam, there is a hadith that says God helps the servant as long as the servant helps his brother. In other words, we’re summoned to serve and lift up one another, and that’s the lesson of several of our guests here tonight.”

For someone who claims to be a Christian Obama sure makes a lot of references to hadiths or the Quoran.

The only reference I can recall him making to the Bible is when he said that Jesus taught that we should "be our brother's keeper", which is in fact from the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis.

“Our goal has been and continues to be peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians." but he makes no demands on the "Palestinians" yet calls on the Israeli's to show restraint.

Blah, blah, blah ... and more moral equivalence between aggressors and their victims.

How can any American support this despicable man?
6 weeks ago
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Did the Oval Office Teppichfresser begin smoking dope again--and at taxpayer expense? If anything, "Ramadan is a reminder of just how much we [DON'T] share;" and it is a blatant lie for anyone to suggest that Islam now promotes or has ever embraced in the past any sense of a Western Tradition.
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The hate I have for that insane, mass murdering, commie, koranimal, affirmative action clump of smegma burns hotter and brighter each and every day.
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