2 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Obama's starting points for negotiation will end up killing more people

Reader comment on item: Obama's Failed Middle East Speech

Submitted by Roque Nuevo (Mexico), May 19, 2011 at 22:42

Obama says negotiations need to begin with the issues of territory and security; he acknowledges that Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist and that they permanently incite hatred for Israel and Jews in their "education system", mass media, etc. Does he believe that by negotiating security/territory the Palestinians will be somehow induced to recognizing Israel's right to exist and cease inciting their people to hatred, etc?

Can I be a majority of one here? Does Obama have it bass-ackward or do I? Don't you want the other to recognize your right to exist before you negotiate anything? Wouldn't you refuse to negotiate anything with anyone who refused to recognize your right to exist?

It's fine to complain about settlements and throw around words like "al Quds", "haram al shaif", whatever. But why isn't anyone talking about these basic issues? Why would Obama be interested in throwing sand in our faces and just confusing the issue instead of clarifying it. Who will take the blame when his peace process devolves into Intifada III?

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Obama's starting points for negotiation will end up killing more people by Roque Nuevo

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2021 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)