June 16, 2008
May 15, 2008 President George W. Bush spoke
before the Israeli Parliament, on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of
the start of modern
The media verified with White House sources that President Bush meant these comments as an attack on Sen. Barack Obama. Later the White House denied this was his intent. The attack was unwarranted. Appeasement means giving something away to the enemy. Obama is only suggesting talking to our adversaries. The media played right into the hands of President Bush in giving wide coverage to his words. Shame on the media.
the other hand I give the media credit for pointing out that President Bush’s
own Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the day before, “We need to figure
out a way to develop some leverage…and then sit down and talk with them…..” (2)
Apparently Gates knows the difference between appeasement and talking.
is a shame that Bush would inject partisan political statements in a speech
before a foreign government. I am also disturbed about other points the
President made. At the beginning of his speech he lauded the founder of modern
In praising Israel Bush said “we see a pioneer spirit” and we see “the talent and determination of a free people who refuse to let any obstacle stand in the way of their destiny.” The ancient Hebrew people claimed the land and destroyed the native inhabitants in the name of God. Modern Israelis are doing the same thing. To make room for the Jewish immigrants 700,000 Palestinians were forced out of their homes and land and are living in foreign countries and refugee camps. The number today is estimated to be between 4 million and 7 million Palestinian people. The Palestinians have a name for this: nakba. This word should be as much a part of our vocabulary as the holocaust or shoah.
Jewish settlers have done in
Finally Bush closed with these
thoughts, “You have raised a modern society in the Promised Land, a light unto
the nations that preserves the legacy of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And you
have built a mighty democracy that will endure forever and can always count on
Bush has shrouded his comments to the Israelis with biblical language that is
inappropriate in foreign policy and our relations with
(1) The President’s actual speech can be found at http://www.isracast.com/article.aspx?ID=121&t=George_W._Bush's_Knesset_Address&play=1 And his prepared text can be found at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2016246/posts