And I was so sure that Israel had finally found a true friend in Obama - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Avshalom Beni
    • 20.02.11 | 14:46 (IST)

    What Obama supported was not Israel as a liberal democratic Zionist state but the settlements and a right wing nationalistic religious agenda. Many of us Jews who live our lives in Israel, raise our families in Israel, love Israel. and serve Israel loyally, but we condemn and oppose this never ending Occupation, precisely because we love the best in our country and not the most repressive. The Occupation of the Palestinians must end. The Palestinians must be given the same rights to self determination, and dignity and security as we demand for ourselves, and they in turn must recognize the full rights of Israel as a sovereign nation. We can't keep settling land in the Occupied West Bank while claiming that we are willing to give it back. And the Palestinians must accept compensation and stop demanding the right of return within the green line as a another way of terminating Israel. Both sides must be honest brokers. Otherwise a thousand UN resolutions will not help. But first an end to all building in the settlements and a serious push forward to peace within the context of a two state solution. We are the stronger side. We can afford to make the first sincere move to end this Occupation and regain our own inalienable right to nationhood. Those who wish to visit holy shrines can do so from both sides of the border. Israel needs Obama's support. The settlements do not.

    from the article: With settlement resolution veto, Obama has joined Likud
    First published 01:18 20.02.11 | Last updated 01:18 20.02.11
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