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That will never happen; Too much money and the Israel/Jewish lobby has an enormous amount of power and influence in American politics. As miuch as Obama has ruffled feathers, he'll only take it so far.

But since Obamaís made these statements doesnít that give credibility to any war launched by any arab nation backing Palestine fighting for the lost 1967 borders? Its no big deal if Palestine wants to try and take back their lost land but if Pakistan, Iran, a hamas group, or whatever comes out of Egypt, Syria or Labia (democratic or not) if several of those powers decide to join in at some point to help reclaim some land for Palestine does the US just stay neutral and provide zero support (including humanitarian) to either side?

Whenever I tried to read into this subject I realize its wayyyy to complex and not so cut and dry, so Im like I donít feel like spending a significant amount of time trying to understand it. So this may be a ignorant statement: I feel like Palestine has never been capable of governing themselves. I feel like they have given plenty of opportunities to create a government and become independent and they always blow it. The land they have held before though and want back is extremely valuable for several reasons though; namely religious, economically and military. So I feel like with all the uprisings and change going on in the middle east they are prime to get exploited by the likes of several countries that could give Israel a decent fight, particularly if someone decides to use nuclear wepons if things get that far. I feel like given the Presidents words he basically said if the arab world wants to try and take back its land; its fair game. As long as it looks like its in Palestineís interest the US and UN aint gonna step in. We will just let it play out, hopefully nothing really bad happens.
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Also Obama's most recent words are a little differnt then the ones he used when he was trying to get elected:

YouTube - ‪'Today I Speak From My Heart' Obama's Guarantee To Never Divide Jerusalem‬‏

Also some Jewish grandmas are likely pissed at Sarah Silverman right now:

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But since Obamaís made these statements doesnít that give credibility to any war launched by any arab nation backing Palestine fighting for the lost 1967 borders? Its no big deal if Palestine wants to try and take back their lost land but if Pakistan, Iran, a hamas group, or whatever comes out of Egypt, Syria or Labia (democratic or not) if several of those powers decide to join in at some point to help reclaim some land for Palestine does the US just stay neutral and provide zero support (including humanitarian) to either side?

Whenever I tried to read into this subject I realize its wayyyy to complex and not so cut and dry, so Im like I donít feel like spending a significant amount of time trying to understand it. So this may be a ignorant statement: I feel like Palestine has never been capable of governing themselves. I feel like they have given plenty of opportunities to create a government and become independent and they always blow it. The land they have held before though and want back is extremely valuable for several reasons though; namely religious, economically and military. So I feel like with all the uprisings and change going on in the middle east they are prime to get exploited by the likes of several countries that could give Israel a decent fight, particularly if someone decides to use nuclear wepons if things get that far. I feel like given the Presidents words he basically said if the arab world wants to try and take back its land; its fair game. As long as it looks like its in Palestineís interest the US and UN aint gonna step in. We will just let it play out, hopefully nothing really bad happens.
There are definitely a lot of moving pieces here, but in the context of the speech he gave yesterday Obama was simply trying to reframe and restart peace negotiations between the Israel and Palestine. He was in no way distancing himself from Israel or endorsing military aggression by the Palestines or any other Arab nation, for that matter. Israel is the number one recipient of foreign aid from the United States and that's not changing anytime in our lifetimes. Egypt, the other nation involved in the 1967 war, which is Arab, is the number two recipient of U.S. foreign aid. Between the two of them they receive a one third of all foreign aid and yesterday the Obama committed another $2 billion to Egypt. Also consider that both countries are our two biggest allies in the region, so no I don't see this speech being misconstrued by any Arab nation, or any other group, to get too full of themselves.

Also keep in mind that Libya, Egypt, and Syria are significantly weaker politically because of the Arab spring and the push to topple the current regimes. These countries have little interest in running to the defense of the Palestinians, especially now that they have so much turmoil going within their own borders and the leadership remains a big question mark. This is why the president is speaking out now because there is a small window of opportunity to get the ball rolling on peace talks again.

By referencing the 1967 war, if that's what you want to call it, President Obama is saying why don't you two consider a land exchange, that was previously agreed upon, as a starting point for negotiations.
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But since Obamaís made these statements doesnít that give credibility to any war launched by any arab nation backing Palestine fighting for the lost 1967 borders? Its no big deal if Palestine wants to try and take back their lost land but if Pakistan, Iran, a hamas group, or whatever comes out of Egypt, Syria or Labia (democratic or not) if several of those powers decide to join in at some point to help reclaim some land for Palestine does the US just stay neutral and provide zero support (including humanitarian) to either side?

Whenever I tried to read into this subject I realize its wayyyy to complex and not so cut and dry, so Im like I donít feel like spending a significant amount of time trying to understand it. So this may be a ignorant statement: I feel like Palestine has never been capable of governing themselves. I feel like they have given plenty of opportunities to create a government and become independent and they always blow it. The land they have held before though and want back is extremely valuable for several reasons though; namely religious, economically and military. So I feel like with all the uprisings and change going on in the middle east they are prime to get exploited by the likes of several countries that could give Israel a decent fight, particularly if someone decides to use nuclear wepons if things get that far. I feel like given the Presidents words he basically said if the arab world wants to try and take back its land; its fair game. As long as it looks like its in Palestineís interest the US and UN aint gonna step in. We will just let it play out, hopefully nothing really bad happens.
I don't get that at all. I have no doubt that any attack on Israel to "regain" the '67 borders would be viewed as an attack on a US ally. Sure, he supports a w/drawal to those borders but he most certainly did not renounce the US/Israel alliance. As 12th said, it's a small step towards a more balanced approach to the Arab/Israeli conflict. Key being, "small".

As to Jerusalem, my own personal opinion, is that it should be an undivided international city. Israel, of course, would never, ever agree to that. I would suppose they are more likely to give up the West Bank settlements than agree to yeild even an inch on Jerusalem.
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Okay maybe i am over reacting a little then..... It just came across to me as a were gonna going to do anything if you want to try and reclaim land.... which sounds scary as shit to me.
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... Also keep in mind that Libya, Egypt, and Syria are significantly weaker politically because of the Arab spring and the push to topple the current regimes. These countries have little interest in running to the defense of the Palestinians, especially now that they have so much turmoil going within their own borders and the leadership remains a big question mark. This is why the president is speaking out now because there is a small window of opportunity to get the ball rolling on peace talks again.

By referencing the 1967 war, if that's what you want to call it, President Obama is saying why don't you two consider a land exchange, that was previously agreed upon, as a starting point for negotiations.
Yup. I think this is his point. It is such huge concession by Israel at this point, they have invested so much political capital in a unified Jerusalem and protection of the WB Settlements. Whereas, 20-30 years ago, you could say reasonably say that arab aggression and a determination to literally wipe Israel off the map was the real obstruction to peace, I think it is now Israel's dogged committment to Jerusalem and the WB Settlements that stands in the way of a lasting peace.

12th - Do you think the Arab world, as a whole, has come to accept the existence of Israel and, as a practical matter, no longer seeks its obliteration as a national entity? Is Arab factionalism over or is the Arab Spring just a replay/repackaging of Arab nationalism from the 50's and 60's? If not, what do you see as the main differences - how will the Arab world avoid the factionalism that destroyed the original "Arab Spring" (which created most of the regimes now being subject to popular protests)?

It's been two or three (four?) generations since the Jews essentially did a land grab (yes, yes, an incredible oversimplification, I know - but the Brits left 'cause they couldn't/wouldn't resolve the Arab/Jewish question in Palestine Mandate and, once they did, the Jews resolved it for them - with guns). Is that enough time for wounds to heal and reality to set in? Are the people behind the Arab Spring looking forward with an acceptance of Israel? Unlike the prior nationalistic movement of the 50's & 60's, I just don't see the Arab world rallying 'round the poor displaced Palestinians.

Ultimately, I think a corner has been turned in the Arab world. The question to me is whether or not Israel will get past its well earned paranoia/ skepticism about peaceful intentions from the Arabic world and find a way to w/draw from the West Bank entirely.
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But since Obamaís made these statements doesnít that give credibility to any war launched by any arab nation backing Palestine fighting for the lost 1967 borders? Its no big deal if Palestine wants to try and take back their lost land but if Pakistan, Iran, a hamas group, or whatever comes out of Egypt, Syria or Lybia (democratic or not) if several of those powers decide to join in at some point to help reclaim some land for Palestine does the US just stay neutral and provide zero support (including humanitarian) to either side?
I believe the Palestinians wants nothing to do with these countries, especially since they (Syria, Egypt, and Jordan) are the reason the Palestinians lost the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (and East Jerusalem).

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Whenever I tried to read into this subject I realize its wayyyy to complex and not so cut and dry, so Im like I donít feel like spending a significant amount of time trying to understand it. So this may be a ignorant statement: I feel like Palestine has never been capable of governing themselves. I feel like they have given plenty of opportunities to create a government and become independent and they always blow it. The land they have held before though and want back is extremely valuable for several reasons though; namely religious, economically and military. So I feel like with all the uprisings and change going on in the middle east they are prime to get exploited by the likes of several countries that could give Israel a decent fight, particularly if someone decides to use nuclear wepons if things get that far. I feel like given the Presidents words he basically said if the arab world wants to try and take back its land; its fair game. As long as it looks like its in Palestineís interest the US and UN aint gonna step in. We will just let it play out, hopefully nothing really bad happens.
This is really not the case. I think everyone wants a two-state solution, but Israel is too paranoid to let a Palestinian state right next to them (and not to mention the many Israeli settlements in Palestinian lands). Now the sticking point is the involvement of Hamas in Palestinian politics, which I find it ironic since the Jewish terrorist group known at the Stern Gang (officially known as Lehi) in the 1930s and 1940s eventually became part of Israeli politics.

To me it seems that our role in the mid-east peace negotiations has always been to put pressures on the Palestinians. It seems that finally we are putting pressure on Israel. Personally, the quicker this gets settle the better it will be for us. We spend a ton of money supporting Israel, and our foreign relations with many countries is affected because of this alliance. I think it is right that the US is putting pressure on both the Palestinians and the Israelis to settle this issue once and for all.
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Okay maybe i am over reacting a little then..... It just came across to me as a were gonna going to do anything if you want to try and reclaim land.... which sounds scary as shit to me.
Israel still has the best army in the Middle East, a population eternally on war footing and a mindset that makes it clear they will not be anyone's pushover. It would take a huge committment from the Arab World to make a war on Israel that would have even a possibility of success.

Egypt not going to lead it, Jordan isn't about to renounce its peace agreements and Saudi Arabia is all but in the US's pocket (again, an oversimplification). That leaves Syria, Libya, Iraq & Lebanon as potential opponents and each have far far too many internal problems to worry about fighting for the Palestinians who are now 3 and 4 generations removed from their displacement.

While Arabs and Jews will continue to kill each other b/c they can. Nukes are not about to fly over that patch of dirt.
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... Now the sticking point is the involvement of Hamas in Palestinian politics, which I find it ironic since the Jewish terrorist group known at the Stern Gang (officially known as Lehi) in the 1930s and 1940s eventually became part of Israeli politics.
Well, sort of, initially the newly independent Israel banned them for their terrorist activities. Despite this, they won one seat in the Knesset '49 and none in '51. After being granted amnesty they disavowed the use of violence and essentially disbanded as a political organization shortly after the '51 election - though several of their former members played prominent roles in Israeli politics for many years.

The Hamas, however, retains its coherent political organization and has, of yet, to disavow violence or: those portions of its charter calling for the destruction of Israel; the denial of the Holocaust; and the claim that the Protocols of Zion are an accurate depiction of an international Jewish plot.
If I were an Israeli, I too would be nervous at having these violent crackpots as my next door neighbor.


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To me it seems that our role in the mid-east peace negotiations has always been to put pressures on the Palestinians. It seems that finally we are putting pressure on Israel. Personally, the quicker this gets settle the better it will be for us. We spend a ton of money supporting Israel, and our foreign relations with many countries is affected because of this alliance. I think it is right that the US is putting pressure on both the Palestinians and the Israelis to settle this issue once and for all.
Not much pressure, but some and, I agree, that is a good thing.
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Yup. I think this is his point. It is such huge concession by Israel at this point, they have invested so much political capital in a unified Jerusalem and protection of the WB Settlements. Whereas, 20-30 years ago, you could say reasonably say that arab aggression and a determination to literally wipe Israel off the map was the real obstruction to peace, I think it is now Israel's dogged committment to Jerusalem and the WB Settlements that stands in the way of a lasting peace.

12th - Do you think the Arab world, as a whole, has come to accept the existence of Israel and, as a practical matter, no longer seeks its obliteration as a national entity? Is Arab factionalism over or is the Arab Spring just a replay/repackaging of Arab nationalism from the 50's and 60's? If not, what do you see as the main differences - how will the Arab world avoid the factionalism that destroyed the original "Arab Spring" (which created most of the regimes now being subject to popular protests)?

It's been two or three (four?) generations since the Jews essentially did a land grab (yes, yes, an incredible oversimplification, I know - but the Brits left 'cause they couldn't/wouldn't resolve the Arab/Jewish question in Palestine Mandate and, once they did, the Jews resolved it for them - with guns). Is that enough time for wounds to heal and reality to set in? Are the people behind the Arab Spring looking forward with an acceptance of Israel? Unlike the prior nationalistic movement of the 50's & 60's, I just don't see the Arab world rallying 'round the poor displaced Palestinians.

Ultimately, I think a corner has been turned in the Arab world. The question to me is whether or not Israel will get past its well earned paranoia/ skepticism about peaceful intentions from the Arabic world and find a way to w/draw from the West Bank entirely.
I think it's a good question and an open question. No one really knows for sure and it places an already paranoid Israel in a precarious position. The situation completely has us formulating foreign policy on the fly too. The truth is we don't know how this is going to play out. It's one thing to deal with brutal dictators that use propaganda and repression to manipulate and control the masses, we know how to approach that. But it's another thing when you have organic revolutions from citizens in their 20s and 30s, educated lawyers and doctors that use facebook and twitter to organize; that want a voice and be able to choose their government and elect their leaders. If you look at the Arab spring they have been peaceful demonstrations, for that most part, absent of any real animosity towards the West or Israel.

Whether or not this new wave of democratic protesters will consider Israel as national entity or not, who really knows. My gut tells me they are less likely to be hostile towards Israel though. While they do have a deep sense of national pride, they don't harbor the same grievances as their forebearers from the 50s and 60s. But Israel, too, has to play their part. They have to be bold and make some forward looking and risky decisions and not be so reactionary to the world around them. They face a new Arab world and that's a new political reality.

I think Arabs will always remain inherently suspicious of the U.S. because of our relationship with Israel and the events since 9/11 (and before), but I'm hopeful they can separate those issues from their own pursuit of democracy and freedom.
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How come 99% of the world problems come from the middle east? I really don't care anymore what happens over there and lets just bring back our troops and let them all kill each other off. If they start to have wars they will need funding so the oil supply will increase.
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How come 99% of the world problems come from the middle east? I really don't care anymore what happens over there and lets just bring back our troops and let them all kill each other off. If they start to have wars they will need funding so the oil supply will increase.
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How come 99% of the world problems come from the middle east? I really don't care anymore what happens over there and lets just bring back our troops and let them all kill each other off. If they start to have wars they will need funding so the oil supply will increase.
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