My initial reaction to the speech this afternoon was how strange. It was full of contradictions and grand ideas. Grand ideas are okay if they are somewhat realistic and hopefully jive with American policy and security - I'm not sure that they did.
At the moment I do not have the time to do a proper job analyzing the speech, but hopefully within the next couple days I'll find a few moments. What I did notice - as did many others - that Obama called on Israel to return to 1967 borders with a contiguous "Palestinian" state as a neighbor. That's insane. Without Judea/Samaria (aka the West Bank) Israel is 9 miles wide at its narrowest point. That's damn scary. So is a "contiguous" Palestine. How exactly does that work when half that state is in Gaza along the Mediterranean coast and the other half is along the Jordan river? Will there be a road that connects the two? Doesn't that split Israel in half? A security nightmare.
Oh yeah, he did mention that unity agreement between Hamas and the PA - but blew it off as seemingly no big deal. What the heck!? It's a terrorist organization. I thought that we don't deal with terrorists. Whatever, it's Israel. Jewish blood is cheap.
And of course with all these Arab revolts going on across the Mid-East, it's a perfect time to start making changes in Israeli security. The Muslim Brotherhood isn't going to be excluded from Egypt's upcoming elections. The Brotherhood is involved in the Syrian protests... and we still don't know who the rebels are in Libya. But now is obviously the best time to make territorial compromises in the name of peace.
There's more to say, but suffice it to say this is what comes to mind at the moment. I've leave you all with a link to my last response to President Obama's speech in Cairo a couple years ago: A Good Jew is a Dead Jew.
Not much has changed.
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