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Submitted by Peter Herz (United States), Jun 10, 2009 at 15:29

Mr. Obama said that the Palestinian situation is "intolerable". Why didn't he politiely remind his hearers that the "Great Shaitan" has made passport-holding, voting-rights, public office-eligible, and (more importantly) property-rights holding citizens of more Falastin Arabs than any seven Arabic-speaking nations excluding the PA, Jordan, and Israel itself?

Further, as a Christian, I am gravely concerned that Obama added the Muslim PBUH when mentioning Jesus. It seems to me that its more appropriate for one who believes that Jesus in God Incarnate and the promised Messiah to ask grace and peace FROM the risen and glorified Jesus Christ than to ask God's peace on a dead one.

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Yes, it was indeed one of the more jaw-dropping elements of the speech when Obama referred to Jerusalem as "a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, peace be upon them, joined in prayer." This formulation both accepts a Koranic passage and portrays Jesus in an Islamic light.

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