President Obama is pressuring Israel to accept a “two state solution” in the Middle East. President Ahmadinejad in Iran denies Israel exists, calling Israeli “the Zionists” — which he has repeatedly offered to wipe from the map.
Ahmadinejad also denies the Holocaust.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, centre, with nuclear officials this month. Photo: AP
Ahmadinejad is pursueing nuclear weapons, by many account. So Israel’s new Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has challenged President Obama to do something for Israel before a lot of deals get made. Solve the Iran nuclear nighmare.
“It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany. And Iran is racing to arm itself with atomic bombs,” Netanyahu has said. “Believe him and stop him. This is what we must do. Everything else pales before this.”
A photo opportunity and a book probably won’t change Netanyahu’ mind.
Israel fears it has lost its best ally completely.
Obama’s outreach to Muslims, saying he could deal with “moderate” members of the Taliban, his outreach to Iran and President Ahmadinejad at first seemed naive and then looked more and more like danger signs to Israelis.
The recent Obama decision to release sensitive intelligene documents came like a tornado to the Israeli intelligence community.
“As you know, John, in our busisess, it is all about trust. We are a net supplier of intelligence to the U.S. But if the U.S. puts what we give them in the New York Times the faucet will be closed,” an Israeli friend said to me.
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From The Jerusalem Post today:
The United Nations expelled three Jewish and Iranian groups from a global racism conference for what it called unacceptable behavior connected with the appearance of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Obama at Holocaust Days of Remembrance Ceremony
Holocaust and said it is the duty of the living all over the world to make certain there will be no more atrocities.paid tribute Thursday to the memory of Jews murdered in the
Speaking at a Holocaust Days of Remembrance ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, Obama warned against what he called the dangers of silence. Every day, he said, people should fight the impulse to turn away when scenes of horror unfold across the world. He called for people to embrace a “habit of empathy.”
“We know,” the president said, “that evil has to run its course on earth.”
“Our fellow citizens of the world, showing us how to make the journey from oppression to survival, from witness to resistance, and ultimately to reconciliation,” Obama noted. “That is what we mean when we say, `Never again.’ ”
Obama Warned At Holocaust Days of Remembrance Ceremony
President Barack Obama’s visit to Capitol Hill for the Holocaust Day of Remembrance ceremony turned into more than just a solemn memorial event Thursday morning. As the president sat waiting for his turn at the podium, a series of speakers admonished him, in terms both veiled and direct, to confront Iran’s government as a threat to Jews and to Israel.
“Honoring the dead must not be the sole purpose of remembrance. It must help us shape a better future,” said Israeli Ambassador Sallai Meridor. “When a regime is again … terrorizing its neighbors, threatening to destroy the Jewish people, how will we meet this challenge before it’s too late?”
Meridor kept his message implicit, but the subtext was clear: The world must stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
Joel Geiderman, the vice chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, was more blunt, drawing a comparison between the Nazis in Germany and the present-day government in Tehran.
“At least one whole nation has been targeted for destruction with the threat to wipe it off the map,” Geiderman said, alluding to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s belligerent remarks toward Israel. “History should have taught us that democracies that let such pledges stand do so at their own peril.”
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to staff during his visit to the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, April 20, 2009.REUTERS/Jason Reed