Senator Barack Obama emphasized in an interview with the Jerusalem Post his commitment to working for peace in the Middle East. He argued the emphasis should be on negotiation rather then empty rhetoric that only serves to inflame the Iranians and Palestinians. If negotiations fail to achieve clearly stated goals, he argued, and Iranians rail to respond, “we’ve stripped away whatever excuses they may have(and) whatever rationales may exist in the international community for not ratcheting up sanctions and taking serous action.” Obama told reporters there has been “strong rhetoric” without also offering peaceful resolutions of issues.
Senator Obama acknowledged Israel had the right to make its own decisions but hoped prior to initiating aggressive action every possible option for peace had been explored. He clarified previous comments about Jerusalem by emphasizing Israelis and Palestinians have to resolve the issue among themselves. He also made clear concerning West Bank settlements, Israel “should abide by previous agreements and commitments that have been made, and aggressive settlement construction would seem to violate the spirit, at least, f not the letter, of agreements that have been made previously.”
It is important for that Senator Obama made clear the dangers of aggressive West Bank settlement.
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In the genre of science fiction a common theme is the presence of a foreign entity which compels people of the world to unite because only by forgetting what separates them will they be able to halt the invasion from outer space. The city of Jerusalem is now the scene of Muslims, Jews, and Christians working together in order to stem the tide of a common enemy– gays and lesbians. The annual gay parade next week has aroused the fury of religious right wing fundamentalists who regard the very thought of gays and lesbians as an abomination and anathema to core Biblical beliefs. The High Court of Justice ruled gays and lesbians have a right to march and this event will be guarded by 2,000 police who hope to ensure there is no violence along the four city block march.
Gays and lesbians insist they have the right of free speech and the march is a symbol of tolerance and pluralism. Ariel Atla, a resident told the Jerusalem Post, “there is no reason to make problems–there are enough problems without them.” However, Olga Biyudin, who works in a bank, argued, “Jerusalem is for all the people in the world.”
The anti-gay parade organization proves that Jews and Muslims can cooperate and work together since all they need is a common enemy. The trick is creating a common good that would bring together these diverse groups. Anyone have one?