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During the final minutes of the Jewish Year of 5774, just before I turned off the television to light the candles heralding the beginning of Rosh Hashannah, I heard United States President Barack Hussein Obama addressing the United Nations General Assembly.

By chance, G-d’s planning of course, Obama davka spoke about “peace” between Israel and the Arabs. He blamed Israel for the lack of peace:


Leadership will also be necessary to address the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. As bleak as the landscape appears, America will never give up the pursuit of peace. The situation in Iraq, Syria and Libya should cure anyone of the illusion that this conflict is the main source of problems in the region; for far too long, it has been used in part as a way to distract people from problems at home. And the violence engulfing the region today has made too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace. But let’s be clear: the status quo in the West Bank and Gaza is not sustainable. We cannot afford to turn away from this effort – not when rockets are fired at innocent Israelis, or the lives of so many Palestinian children are taken from us in Gaza. So long as I am President, we will stand up for the principle that Israelis, Palestinians, the region, and the world will be more just with two states living side by side, in peace and security. (Emphasis mine. Thanks to for quoting just the lines I need for this post.)

You had to see the face Obama made while making the statement about Israelis not willing to work hard enough for peace, sic. You’d think he’d just seen someone defecating in public.

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I kept hearing sounds that sounded like boos or catcalls as Obama spoke. At first I thought I was imagining it, because anyone who would dare make noise in the UN General Assembly would be quickly hustled out. Then I finally figured out that some kids must have had been blowing on a shofar outside. I somehow perceived the sounds from the neighborhood as being protests against Obama. It’s like the “forced perspective” photography technique in my Rosh Hashannah “fruit head.” It looks like the bananas and avocados are attached to her “wig,” but they’re not.

Obama’s speech was the epitome of chutzpah and hypocrisy. In the quotation above he makes it very clear that he expects, he demands that Israel agree to a Palestinian sic state, although he said something very different in a different part of his speech. No, he didn’t say that he’d give up on his quest to establish such a state. What he said was:

America stands for something different. We believe that right makes might – that bigger nations should not be able to bully smaller ones; that people should be able to choose their own future. (Again from and again emphasis mine) Now, if he’s serious about his opposition to bullying, then why is he telling Israel what we should do? I consider the American pressure on the State of Israel to “make a deal” with the Arab terrorists to be the epitome of diplomatic bullying!


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Batya Medad blogs at Shiloh Musings.