Rice in Mysterious Policy Shift Calls Creating a Palestinian State Urgent

What? Why the urgency? Makes no sense. Hey - you Republican Jews still like Bush? You still like McCain? Rice may be his VP running mate!

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Rice to AIPAC: Establishment of a
Palestinian state is "urgent"

June 3, 2008

Condoleezza Rice at an AIPAC conference stressed the urgency of establishing a Palestinian state.

"The expansion of violence in the Middle East makes the establishment of a peaceful Palestinian state more urgent, not less," the U.S. secretary of state said Tuesday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington.

"The present opportunity is not perfect by any means, but it is better than any other in recent years and we need to seize it. Israelis have waited too long for the security they desire and deserve, and Palestinians have waited too long amidst daily humiliations for the dignity of a Palestinian state."

Rice's remarks were greeted with silence.

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Audio of Rice's speech here.

Full coverage of AIPAC Conference here.


John D. Enright said...

"Hey - you Republican Jews still like Bush? You still like McCain? Rice may be his VP running mate!" You really need to get a grip on reality, Rabbi, and stop spreading rumors. Rice has repeatedly said she won't run for any elective office, even the vice-presidency. See Rice says has no plan to run for vice president.

Other than being a nominal Republican, McCain has very little in common with Bush. In fact, they don't even like each other. I guess you didn't (wouldn't) listen to McCain's speech. Here's the transcript.

Tzvee said...

mccain is a republican who supports the war in iraq - that's already enough in common with bush to convince me that mccain 1 would be bush 3 - i urge you to come join the barack bandwagon

John D. Enright said...

Rabbi, I'm certainly no McCain supporter. I think he's a glory-hound, that he dishonestly supports positions that he thinks will boost his popularity irregardless of the morality thereof, and that he's stubborn solely for the sake of being stubborn. Believe me, I am very upset that the GOP will nominate this goofball as its candidate for the Presidency. I cannot, however, support Obama for a number of reasons:
(1) he isn't pro-choice on abortion; he's pro-abortion even to the point of opposing state legislation to mandate healthcare for babies who survive partial birth abortions attempts;
(2) I really don't think he's good for Israel. Oh, sure, he says the right things but his friends and staff appointees speak louder. Unfortunately, the friends and appointees suffer from acute Judaeophobia and/or Palestinianitis;
(3) He said in an October 2, 2002 speech "Now let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him. But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history."

In other words, he's non-interventionist if the United States is not directly threatened. Well, guess what? Neither Hamas nor Hezbollah pose direct threats against America, not because of lack of will but rather from lack of resources. They pose very real threats against Israel, however. Would Obama fail to come to the aid of Israel when it would be most needed?
(4) His CV is mostly a blank page - no substantial legislative record or accomplishments on a state or federal level; no administrative experience in private industry or governmental service; no international experience (his Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hasn't done anything at all).

There's a host of other reasons I could enumerate, but I think I'd have a better reaction by talking to the wall.

"i urge you to come join the barack bandwagon" Nice try, but I don't think so.

Tzvee said...

on his cv it now says, won nomination of democratic party! that is quite an achievement. and do you suggest that the US should send troops to invade gaza? that is beyond comment. take another look at the guy. he is for real

John D. Enright said...

The Rabbi said: "do you suggest that the US should send troops to invade gaza? that is beyond comment. take another look at the guy. he is for real"

My answer: Yes, I would send US troops to Gaza or anywhere to support Israel. The guy (Obama) is an empty suit.

Tzvee said...

and he has big ears