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View Diary: Ask Senators For Balance In MidEast "Dear Colleague" Letter (Updated) (235 comments)

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  •  Yes, peace in the Middle East, but - but- but- (3+ / 0-)
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    As usual, an attempt to bring peace to the Middle East, as evidenced by the Bayh/Risch letter, is met by screams of injustice and cries for equalization.

    Yes, the settlements are important and a compromise on them must be reached on the road to a peace treaty. No, settlements cannot be allowed to overwhelm the entire peace process. Human rights must be observed, but they cannot be used as an excuse to end meaningful peace talks. Negotiations cannot proceed effectively when either side can't get beyond grievances that allow no further progress.

    Consider the Bayh/Risch letter a starting point, something to be built on, not a detour that leads to the deadend that has prevailed in the Middle East for decades.  

    •  honestly, how much "equalization" (1+ / 0-)
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      are these people on THIS thread gonna be screaming for? Until there is no Israel?

      Bayh/Risch's letter is on the mark. Not to mention, its the second such action from the Congress in these last two months trying to get Obama to truly equalize his approach, and stop alienating Israel.

      "Like America, Israel is a strong democracy, a symbol of freedom, and an oasis of liberty, a home to the oppressed and persecuted." -President Bill Clinton

      by deaniac20 on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 09:12:15 PM PDT

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      •  I'm guessing (7+ / 0-)

        you think Bush had an 'equal' approach.

        And I'm glad you think Congress (that can't save New Orleans, can't stop an unneeded war, blamed Iran when Iraq blew up a Navy ship) is such an esteemed body of virtue that we should give a rat's ass what they say.

        •  what does this have to do with Bush? (1+ / 0-)
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          He was not hated in the ME for his I/P policy. He was hated for his Iraq policy.

          Clinton almost got us a peace deal, and he, like other American Presidents favored Israel. The only reason we didn't get a peace deal was because Arafat wanted the destruction of Israel aka "right" of return. So no, alienating our ally to look "even-handed" which in turns off Israeli voters and thus their politicians does not help peace. Bayh has this one right.

          "Like America, Israel is a strong democracy, a symbol of freedom, and an oasis of liberty, a home to the oppressed and persecuted." -President Bill Clinton

          by deaniac20 on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 09:54:46 PM PDT

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