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Old 19.05.2011, 17:54
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Obama speech on key policy for Middle-East/North Africa

It's on all the major broadcast channels. Wonder what will come.
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Old 19.05.2011, 18:02
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It's on all the major broadcast channels. Wonder what will come.
He's late. I am expecting something WOW anything less will be dissapointing.

I don't think that Egypt is the lynchpin though- it's Syria. What will he say about Syria?
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Old 19.05.2011, 18:10
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Re: Obama speech on key policy for Middle-East/North Africa

It's starting now...it's at state dept and Hillary opening the conference.
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Old 19.05.2011, 18:16
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Oh Obama please don't suck up to Netanyahu- think JStreet.
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Old 19.05.2011, 18:33
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Gee he has b@lls!
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Old 19.05.2011, 18:59
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Re: Obama speech on key policy for Middle-East/North Africa

He can speak for sure but he's not at the level of the historic moment.
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Old 19.05.2011, 19:06
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I'm happy with the speech. Perhaps I read into what I want to see, but there was a clever link between manipulation of tribes and then directly to Israel; subtle but there. There is criticism of no mention of Saudi Arabia, but perhaps the omission speaks for itself. Does the US really need Saudi Arabia if it is free to work with the rest of the ME?
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Re: Obama speech on key policy for Middle-East/North Africa

what's the difference with respect to his cairo speech 2 years ago?

Ok 1b$ debt taken away. Promise to address during G8 to support investment in NA & ME.....fine.

By the way there is a pattern on presidents talking to arab masses: 1st then a 2nd speech and at the 3rd speech they're kicked out. So we shall wait for the 3rd Obama speech with great impatience.

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Old 19.05.2011, 19:47
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Re: Obama speech on key policy for Middle-East/North Africa

He mentioned Switzerland, I'm so proud.
The mentioning of the '67 borders between israel-palestine was quite interesting and was highlighted in the media, but wasn't that the position of Clinton aswell?
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Old 19.05.2011, 23:07
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He mentioned Switzerland, I'm so proud.
The mentioning of the '67 borders between israel-palestine was quite interesting and was highlighted in the media, but wasn't that the position of Clinton aswell?
Bush had told netanyahu that it was unrealistic to expect ot go back to the 47 border.

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President Obama’s endorsement on Thursday of a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute based on the 1967 borders — the first time an American president has explicitly endorsed those borders as the baseline for negotiations over a Palestinian state — prompted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to push back and the Palestinian leadership to call an urgent meeting.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/wo...20mideast.html

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Enough already?
yes, thanks
I listened to the speech and then only read some snippets from various news outlets. I was just surprised by the focus on this statement as I was under the false impression that this wasn't the first time a US administration favoured going back to the '67 borders. Well maybe not surprised by the focus as it is an important point, but I thought Clinton endorsed this publicly or was it just part of Barak's ""generous"offer" then. Of course the Bush years were...different. It seems I have lost the plot long before the Camp David talks in 2000, so thanks for linking this article.
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Old 20.05.2011, 05:13
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Re: Obama speech on key policy for Middle-East/North Africa

I guess he feels quite sullen that G8 is actually no longer G1, as it used to be !



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Promise to address during G8 to support investment in NA & ME.....fine.
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Old 20.05.2011, 11:23
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Tell them to pull down the walls and start playing nicely otherwise the US to cut off their funding.

That's not going to happen, but nice thought eh.
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Old 20.05.2011, 13:50
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Re: Obama speech on key policy for Middle-East/North Africa

Just in case anyone else missed it, here it is:

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Old 20.05.2011, 16:01
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Forget Bibi and AIPAC go Jstreet. Jstreet has given Obama their full backing commending him on his speech and to prove it here is the full-page ad they ran in todays New York Times below and a survey to back it up:

NEW POLL: American Jews Continue to Support Obama Push for Two-State Solution, Back Strong U.S. Engagement
March 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm

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WASHINGTON -American Jews continue to support the Obama administration’s push for Middle East peace and seek strong U.S. leadership to resolve the conflict, according to a new poll released today by a pro-Israel, pro-peace group.

The J Street sponsored poll, conducted March 17-19, in the aftermath of escalating tensions between Israel and the United States after Israel announced new housing construction in East Jerusalem during Vice President Biden’s recent trip, was released today as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered major policy speeches here.

Like previous surveys, this poll finds solid support in the Jewish community for J Street’s position that peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a core Israeli and American interest and that the United States should take an active leadership role in achieving peace.
http://jstreet.org/blog/new-poll-ame...us-engagement/



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