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January 26, 2009

What Diplomacy Looks Like
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

This seems to make sense:

US President Barack Obama put his prestige Monday behind a push for Arab-Israeli peace in sending envoy George Mitchell to the Middle East to bolster a truce in Gaza and deal with the human toll there.

Obama, promising to be more involved in Middle East peace efforts than his predecessor George W. Bush, was to meet Mitchell later Monday before the trip to "begin the process that the president promised to be actively engaged in, the peace process in the Middle East" said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

Joining the pair at the White House will be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Gibbs told a news conference.

During his trip from January 26 to February 3, Mitchell will travel to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank as well as Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Europe, State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters.

And this is nice to.

Asked to comment on what action the new administration might take on Iran's nuclear pursuits, Ambassador Rice said the United States remains "deeply concerned" about the threat that program poses to the region and the international community. She said the U.S. would pursue vigorous diplomacy that would be both directly with Iran and continued collaboration with the other four permanent members of the Security Council and Germany through the group known as the "P-Five Plus One".

"Dialogue and diplomacy must go hand-in-hand with a very firm message from the United States and the international community that Iran needs to meet its obligations as defined by the Security Council and its continued refusal to do so will only cause pressure to increase," she said.

It's refreshing to see that after years of either stubbornly ignoring a problem or refusing to change an approach that has failed, they will finally be some new seriousness injected into American diplomacy.  I don't know how long it took Bush to send someone over to the Middle East when he became President (But I'd be curious to have an answer to that question).  I do know that no top level U.S. official went over there during the 22 days of fighting in Gaza.

Of course, none of this is going to be easy.  And paying serious attention is only the beginning.  The execution is obviously critical.  But as opposed to the last eight years, at least this President is getting moving on these critical issues from day one. And with the appointment of a serious heavyweight like George Mitchell he is off to as good of a start as you can get.


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Mitchell only makes sense if you believe that (1) the US, as a principal supporter of Israel, is in any way qualified to mediate a peace agreement and (2) the US should not talk to the prime Palestinian elected authority, Hamas.

Rice only makes sense if you believe that illegal demands on Iran's legal nuclear program should be called diplomacy.

In other words, Ilan, you make no sense.

"It's refreshing to see that after years of either stubbornly ignoring a problem or refusing to change an approach that has failed, they will finally be some new seriousness injected into American diplomacy. I don't know how long it took Bush to send someone over to the Middle East when he became President (But I'd be curious to have an answer to that question). I do know that no top level U.S. official went over there during the 22 days of fighting in Gaza."

Umm. I seem to remember that Bush appointed George Mitchell as an envoy in 2001? Did he not send Anthony Zinni over numerous times as his special envoy back when the violence really heated up back in 2001-2002? Did he not send Colin Powell to the region for a highly publicized trip in the spring of 2002 that was harshly criticized by both Democrats and Republicans seeing as it came in the wake of a string of Palestinian suicide bombers that killed some 60 Israelis?

Lets just have a little balance here. What Obama has done so far with Mitchell is a no-brainer that means nothing unless he is going to be willing to make a serious push for peace.

There is no such thing as a "Semitic Jew"

All Semitic Jews were killed by Christians during the pogroms of the Middle Ages in Europe. Over 90% of modern Jews are Ashkenazi Jews, descended from the Khazars of the Caspian Sea. Khazars are Turks who converted to Judaism in 8th century.

Thus there can be NO DIVINE RIGHT to claim Palestine.

And the UN General Assembly can NOT create nations; and if you claim it can - then the UN General Assembly can ALSO un-create a nation.

Please acquire real historical knowledge, instead of spitting out incorrect Zionist propaganda. Thanks.

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Soaring rhetoric ... Any kind of implementation?

If the financial sector is any indication, it is more corporafornication.

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