Obama in Jerusalem
by Stephen Lendman
Obama's speech belies his agenda.
Rhetoric doesn't reflect policy. What matters most is what Obama means, not what he says. His agenda affirms one-sided Israeli support. He spurns Palestinian rights. He's done so throughout his tenure.
He's not about to change now. Palestinians have no friends in Washington. For sure they have none in high places.
Obama's their enemy. His words ring hollow. How can a warrior president be taken seriously?
He's waging multiple wars. He's ravaging humanity. He spurns rule of law principles. He prioritizes world dominance. He's beholden to monied interests. They own him. Palestinian suffering's increased on his watch. He's done nothing to alleviate it.
On March 21, he spoke in Jerusalem's Convention Center. He chose the wrong place to go. Israel claims the city as its exclusive capital. Palestinians want it for their own.
It's an international city. Obama should have gone elsewhere. Ideally he should have stayed home. He's unwanted. Palestinians protested his visit. They did so across the West Bank.
They awaited his arrival in Ramallah. A sign in English said: "USA is not a fair sponsor for any political process in the Middle East." Another said: "I want to see my father's village."
One Palestinian spoke for others, saying:
"We are here to send our clear message to American President Barack Obama that the Palestinian people are more determined to achieve the goal of building their own independent state in the Palestinian territories."
"We want to say clearly that we refuse all the pressure that the United States is putting on the Palestinians' shoulders."- Advertisement -
Ismail Haniyeh is Palestine's legitimate prime minister. His visit changes nothing, he said.
"We believe American policies perpetuate the Israeli occupation and settlements in Palestine under the slogan of peace."