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Obama Makes Nice With Israel Leaders

During the recent presidential campaign, Republicans attempted to portray Barack Obama as hostile to Israel and that if elected it would mean the end of the Jewish state. Yesterday, Obama reached out to Prime Minister Olmert and discussed with him ways of dealing with the current impasse in resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict. Both “agreed on the need to continue to advance the peace process, and this, while safeguarding the security of Israel.” Obama, from day one, has made clear his desire to see reconciliation between Palestinians and Israel and that most probably requires compromise on the part of both groups.

The very Jewish organizations who spread their filthy lies about Obama as an “enemy of Israel,” and now shouting praise over his selection of Rep. Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff. William Daroff of the United Jewish Communities, which was not that fond of Obama, said “Rep. Emanuel is among the sharpest political tacticians and policy makers that is on the scene in Washington D.C.”

Hopefully, supporters of Israel understand Obama seeks a peace agreement that meets the needs of all parties, not just those of Israel.

Hamas Expresses Defiance To World

Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal, defiantly told the world the only road open to the people of Palestine was “resistance.” He claimed some Europeans offered to facilitate unofficial meetings with Israel and he responded with “one thousand nos.” On the other hand, he did speak in a conciliatory way toward rival Fatah led by President Abbas and offered to hold unconditional discussions with the Palestinian Authority. “We are ready for a dialogue without conditions. Our hands are extended and all matters should be put on the table including elections.” He also insisted no Israel soldier in their hands would be returned without receiving in return the release of several key Palestinian leaders.

Perhaps Mahsaal doesn’t grasp the contradiction inherent in his remarks. On one hand, he rejects discussions with Israel and a cease fire, but on the other hand, he is willing to negotiate with Abbas who wants peace with Israel and a cease fire. Both goals are incompatible with one another. A mistake was made in failing to include Hamas at the Annapolis Conference. Mashaal has to be in a room with other Arab nations who are tired of the war between Israel and Palestine and seek peace. They will control him, not Israel.