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Israeli right mocks Obama's rapid submission to Netanyahu

Lauded by settlers and derided by commentators, the US president's AIPAC speech is portrayed as a victory for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Saleh Naami , Monday 23 May 2011
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President Barack Obama arrives to speak at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) convention in Washington (Photo:AP)
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Jewish settler leaders were moved to express their satisfaction with Barack Obama's Middle East speech at the AIPAC annual conference, going as far as inviting the US president to join the leadership of their association.

Benny Katzover, longtime leader of the West Bank settlement movement, said that the speech didn’t just represent a victory for Israel, but it was also a great statement of support to the concept of settlement and to the "entrenchment of Jewish presence" in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Golan.

In an interview with Israel's Channel Seven, Katzover explained that Obama's honest and clear mention of the necessity to take into consideration the demographic shifts taking place in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Golan after 1967 gives legitimacy to Israel's right to keep Jewish settlements in the West Bank, and supports without reservation the Jewish right to reinforce the settlement project as a whole and the Judaisation of Jerusalem. In his speech, Obama implied his support for Jerusalem to be the eternal and unified capital for the Jewish people, said Katzover.

In its turn, Israeli Radio, reporting in Hebrew, said Sunday night that one of Banjamin Netanyahu’s aides said that Obama’s AIPAC speech showed that Netanyahu’ firmness and determination forced the US president to back down from his statements in last Thursday’s Middle East speech that had angered Israel.

The aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Netanyahu is now able to return to his country with pride and veneration after demonstrating his capability of saying no to the president of a foreign country, even if it was the most powerful country in the world and Israel’s biggest ally.

On another note, many writers and intellectuals of the Israeli right were sarcastic at the speed by which Obama backed down.

In his column in Israeli daily Ma’ariv, writer Arel Segal criticised circles in the Israeli left who had been against Netanyahu’s aggressive stance towards Obama. Netanyahu, he said, had proved that he is worthy of representing Israeli interests, as proven by Obama’s capitulation to him.

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anon
23-05-2011 08:02pm
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Who else has working Star Wars?
It was always a bluff anyways. Israel can shoot down ICBMs in space. America is actually afraid of this kind of thing but likes to play macho.
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Maria Allen
23-05-2011 07:47pm
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Israeli right mocks Obama's rapid submission to Netanyahu
Please note that this article is an attempt to make Bibi look good to the folks back home. Read the full text of the speech President Obama gave at the AIPAC annual conference. It in very clear in its meaning and doesn't contradict the speech he gave to the American public earlier last week in any way. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/22/remarks-president-aipac-policy-conference-2011
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Kandra
23-05-2011 04:05pm
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2012 "Elections" have Begun.
This is Obama's desperate kickoff of his 2012 election campaign. A black man (even a half black one like Obama) getting elected in a racist white country is no easy task - one of the first things you have to do is win the favor of the British-Ashkenazi controlled media: Reuters, BBC, MSNBC, CBS, Jew York Times, ABC, AP, etc., because people believe whatever these liars report about Obama. So, being on their good side (appeasing "Israel" and starting more wars and assassinating people) is the first step towards getting full and positive coverage by them - This is all assuming that they even bother counting votes in the U.S. which is a big assumption
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Matt
23-05-2011 04:03pm
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future
They cannot see it, they refuse to see it, but Netanyahu has slit his own throat and set Israel on the path to destruction.
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