Mixed Reactions to Obama's Middle East Speech - by Stephen Lendman
Perhaps one way to view Obama's speech is saying you can please all the people some of the time, some of them all the time, but not all of them all the time. World reactions were indeed mixed, though policies, not posturing, are key.
Obama's, in fact, have no ambiguity, including imperial wars and rock-solid support for Israel. However, not everyone believes it, including the Zionist Organization of America, the oldest American one, founded in 1897.
On May 19, its press release headlined, "ZOA: AIPAC Should Rescind Invitation for Obama to Speak," saying:
ZOA "strongly condemned President Obama's Mideast speech (favoring) the establishment of a Hamas/Fatah/Iran state on the Auschwitz 1967 indefensible armistice lines. This would almost surely become a Hamas/Iran terror state threatening Israel and further destabilizing the Mideast. President Obama has dealt Israel a severe diplomatic blow, which harms all those who care about peace and fighting terrorism."
The statement's bigoted absurdity requires no comment. Its contempt for truth and justice is self-explanatory.
In contrast, the Anti-Defamation League, no paragon of virtue, applauded Obama's Israeli support, saying:
The ADL "commended (Obama) for his statement of US priorities in the Middle East, his strong affirmation of the deep and 'unshakeable' relationship between the United States and Israel, and expressed support for his vision of a negotiated Israeli-Palestinian settlement with strong security provisions for Israel and a non-militarized Palestinian state."
On May 22, Obama will address AIPAC at its annual Washington conference, affirming America's commitment to Israel, as will other top US officials. They include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner, and other congressional members, genuflecting to the Israeli Lobby's power in their annual pilgrimage to AIPAC.
According to Mondoweiss' Philip Weiss, "Obama won't have to write another speech" for their conference, quoting his pledge of allegiance to Israel, saying:
"....(O)ur friendship is rooted deeply in a shared history and shared values. Our commitment to Israel's security is unshakeable. And we will stand against attempts to single it out for criticism in international forums."
It was enough for J Street, another pro-Israeli organization, to commend Obama's "important speech today outlining his approach to the changing Middle East and stating that efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution are 'more urgent than ever.' "
"We are grateful that (Obama) reiterated....America's friendship with Israel (and) commitment to (its) security."
On May 19, Reuters reported other instant reactions to his speech, including:
Cairo University Professor Ezzedin Choukri-Fishere, saying:
"I think this goes substantially beyond what Obama said in his Cairo speech in 2009, where he merely....talked about general principles of a new American policy toward the Arab world."