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Can he also "walk the walk?"

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Submitted by Rick C. (United States), Jul 7, 2010 at 17:15

Unfortunately, Obama is known to be skilled at "talking the talk," but with Israel he has yet to "walk the walk." It would be simple for him to do so, just by recognizing international laws: * He could demand that Hamas return kidnapped soldier Shalit with no preconditions. He was kidnapped, and is held in secret confinement, against all international laws and agreements. Obama should make clear, finally, that this is affront to any chance of peace; * He could demand that the PA and Hamas void their Charter that does not recognize Israel, just as Arafat promised president Clinton he would do (and then reneged.) Without this simple demand, there is absolutely no chance of peace between Israel and Arabs (in general.) There can be no preconditions to this. * Obama should clarify with actions that he is not the "appeaser" of Muslim anti-Israel inciters that he has so far seemed to be. It is he that should be setting preconditions before warmly welcoming hostile or terrorist-supporting leaders.

Preconditions such as blocking weapons, training and support to anti-Israel and anti-US proxies in Lebanon, Gaza, Egypt, Iraq, and Pakistan. He can clarify that Americans are not willing to trade democracy for easier oil. And for good measure, he can cite international law very easily by demanding the immediate cessation of incitement against Israel by countries developing nuclear weapons: nuclear weapons development and secrecy, incitement and provocation, threats of aggression, and support of terrorist organizations are all clearly defined violations of the U.N. Charter. Can he "walk the walk?" Time will tell. But it's clear that playing the "Why can't we all just get along?" card will not win this game.


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