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  •  Empty words (8+ / 0-)

    He has the power to stop the expansion of the illegal settlements by visiting consequences on Israel such as by partially withholding aid.  Actions speak louder than words.

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 04:33:32 PM PDT

    •  Hell, he could just limit which weapons (8+ / 0-)

      we'll sell them.

      "But the traitors will pretend / that it's gettin' near the end / when it's beginning" P. Ochs

      by JesseCW on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 04:35:17 PM PDT

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    •  I noted the exact same thing in the article -- (9+ / 0-)

      -- that such words will be empty if nothing changes:

      It was heartening to hear Obama's words today at the UNGA. However, they will remain just words if America continues to enable Israel's self-destructive drive to gobble up all of the West Bank. See, the United States is the only country capable of compelling Israel to stop expanding its settlements and the appropriation of Palestinian land – a land that has become so bifurcated and segmented already as to make the formation of a state nearly impossible.

      It is the United States which, as Israel has continued its illegal settlement enterprise anchoring the occupation, has continued to give Israel $3 billion annually.

      I applaud Obama's words today. But if Obama truly wants to achieve peace between Israel and Palestine, his administration will have to start by wielding the incredible influence it has over Israel in direct and clear ways.

      Otherwise, Obama's speech will end up being just another speech.

      "If the Jew who struggles for justice for Palestine is considered anti-Semitic, & if Palestinians seeking self-determination are so accused...then no oppositional move can take place w/o risking the accusation." - Judith Butler

      by David Harris Gershon on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 04:37:05 PM PDT

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      •  Words are important and are often the basis for (3+ / 0-)
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        A few thoughts:

        1) Obama's reference to the occupation was not lost on the Israeli leadership nor its citizens.  After recently roughing up the EU diplomats and the on-going EU boycott, a US President introducing the occupation into his talk on Iran must cause the Israelis serious concerns.

        2) There is not a real difference between the word "settlements" and the word "occupation".   However, had Obama spoke forcefully about maintaining the internationally recognized Green Line it would have represented a significant shift for the US.  Unfortunately, this did not occur - maybe next time.

        3)  A deescalation of tension with Iran will help set the stage for addressing the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis.  

        As always I very much appreciate your diaries.

    •  But first you must speak the words. (0+ / 0-)

      Which American Presidents simply have not done.

      If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

      by Bensdad on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 05:26:39 PM PDT

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