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Jerusalem - Knesset Speaker: Obama Doesn't Understand Middle East

Published on: September 5, 2012 10:12 AM
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File photo of Chairman of the Israeli parliament Reuven Rivlin in front of a Chagall mural on May 13, 2012. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90File photo of Chairman of the Israeli parliament Reuven Rivlin in front of a Chagall mural on May 13, 2012. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90

Jerusalem - US President Barack Obama’s administration does not understand the realities of the Middle East, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said Wednesday, amid ongoing speculation of a rift in US-Israel relations.

“The fact that the Democrats removed a united Jerusalem as Israel’s capital from their platform is more worrying than the argument over Iran,” Rivlin told The Jerusalem Post. “The change may have far-reaching consequences.”

Published earlier this week, the new Democratic platform speaks of US President Barack Obama’s “unshakable commitment to Israel’s security” and describes the security assistance provided by Obama to Israel. It also emphasizes that “the president has made clear that there will be no lasting peace unless Israel’s security concerns are met” and that “President Obama will continue to press Arab states to reach out to Israel.”

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According to Rivlin, anyone who thinks that dividing Jerusalem will bring peace is mistaken, and does not understand the Middle East. “A united Jerusalem will help bring peace and stability,” he stated.

The Knesset Speaker added that “rumors of a rift between Israel and the US are wrong,” and that the two countries have a “sharp, unambiguous understanding” on Iran, whose nuclear ambitions threaten not only Israel, but the whole free world.

Rivlin plans to discuss the Iranian threat with Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi later Wednesday.

MK Uri Ariel (National Union), chairman of the Knesset Caucus for Jerusalem, said Wednesday that “finally, Obama’s true face is revealed.”

According to Ariel, Obama previously acted against Jerusalem via surrogates and messengers, but now his actions show his intentions. “We must not worry. With or without Obama, Jerusalem will stay united under Israeli sovereignty forever,” the National Union MK added.

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 Sep 05, 2012 at 10:23 AM Anonymous Says:

Obama and the Democrats are fools. History has proven countless times that the very concepts of "negotiating" with the Arab countries, or believing that their "reaching out" to Israel are even possible is fantasy. The Muslims are committed to consistent lying, saying words that sound impressive with never any followthrough, and they respond only to military force. Anyone can find the facts to support this. We are viewing, once again, overt messages from the Obama regime that throws Israel under the bus. No president, not even Carter Y"Sh, was so openly disregarding of Israel, and so eager to push Israel into the sea.

May Hashem grant every voting Jew the saichel to recognize this as they go to vote. May BHO experience a history making landslide loss in November.

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 Sep 05, 2012 at 10:36 AM sambayon Says:

I have a better idea, he doesn't understand the Presidency of the USA he is good at a community agitator or a clown in Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus.

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 Sep 05, 2012 at 10:51 AM Dan_Daoust Says:

“The fact that the Democrats removed a united Jerusalem as Israel’s capital from their platform is more worrying than the argument over Iran”

You don’t have to like what the Dems did with Jerusalem in their platform, but that statement by Rivlin might be the dumbest thing of the many dumb things said by many dumb Israeli politicians, ever. You have to be utterly nuts to think that, let alone allow your big stupid mouth to say it out loud.

In fact, here’s something that makes more sense: The fact that someone that stupid can be the speaker of the Knesset is more worrying than the argument over Iran.

P.S. Neither party's platform now or ever before said "united Jerusalem." So the whole debate is basically pointless anyway.

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 Sep 05, 2012 at 11:34 AM Kzler Says:

Some of the comments remind me of Pogo we found the enemy it is us. Anna Pauker a Jew born in Romania believed Lenin is the messiah, Bela Kun a Hungarian born Jew also believed in Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg also believed in Lenin. Now Mr. Netanyahu who validly fought for Israel and his idol is Zeev Jabotinsky who was a good friend of Mussolini. Better yet a vice-presedential candidate a fervent supporter of Ayn Rand , aka Rosenbaum just conviniently found out that she was committed atheist. Then we have properly clad Jews who denounce on their website the illegal Zionist entity and showered on aminijad silver. Do any of you believe in the deists Washington, Franklin and Jefferson who made it possible that your ancestors could immigrate to this country from some little village in Russia or Poland. Oh, there is a Kibbutz Yad Mordecai, leftist, who do not even have a synagogue and in 1948 beat back Jordanian Leggionaires with knifes when they run out of ammunition. Of course we dispise Barak Hussein Obama but his supports for section 8, food stamps ,etc is welcome otherwise the whole kollel edifice would be in smithereens. Comparative analysis is helpful

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 Sep 05, 2012 at 12:25 PM ALTERG Says:

Only solution for peace with the arab rotzchim is giving them back ther places you stole from them in 1967

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 Sep 05, 2012 at 01:33 PM DavidCohen Says:

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ALTERG Says:

Only solution for peace with the arab rotzchim is giving them back ther places you stole from them in 1967

Whoa, I've seen you spew nonsense before, but this seems extreme even for you.

Are you really insinuating that Israel return to pre-1967 borders, and that somehow that will bring about peace? Are you really naive enough to think that giving land to those committed to your destruction will suddenly placate them? We've given away land before, is that way there are no more rockets raining down on Israel?

But more importantly, did you actually say "stole"? Arab neighbors prepare for a massive invasion promising to obliterate Israel, Israel launches a defensive strike taking out the Egyptian air-force effectively ending the war in six days, and in doing so captures land from those who invaded them, and you have the audacity to say Israel "stole" anything?

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 Sep 05, 2012 at 02:02 PM M&M Says:

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sambayon Says:

I have a better idea, he doesn't understand the Presidency of the USA he is good at a community agitator or a clown in Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus.

Kudos.

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 Sep 05, 2012 at 02:07 PM Dove Says:

How about removing Revlin from the platform.

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 Sep 05, 2012 at 03:11 PM ShmuelG Says:

Rivlin gives Hussein too much of the benefit of the doubt. Our problems, I am convinced, is not that he "does not understand the realities of the Middle East," but that he does understands some of those reality and wishes us harm.

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 Sep 05, 2012 at 04:39 PM TexasJew Says:

#5- Run for President of N'turei Carter

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 Sep 05, 2012 at 05:24 PM Buchwalter Says:

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sambayon Says:

I have a better idea, he doesn't understand the Presidency of the USA he is good at a community agitator or a clown in Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus.

A holder of a law degree from Harvard and was on the Harvard Law Review Journal. Do you have a degree, in what cholent and kugel

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 Sep 05, 2012 at 08:59 PM pickythinker Says:

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Kzler Says:

Some of the comments remind me of Pogo we found the enemy it is us. Anna Pauker a Jew born in Romania believed Lenin is the messiah, Bela Kun a Hungarian born Jew also believed in Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg also believed in Lenin. Now Mr. Netanyahu who validly fought for Israel and his idol is Zeev Jabotinsky who was a good friend of Mussolini. Better yet a vice-presedential candidate a fervent supporter of Ayn Rand , aka Rosenbaum just conviniently found out that she was committed atheist. Then we have properly clad Jews who denounce on their website the illegal Zionist entity and showered on aminijad silver. Do any of you believe in the deists Washington, Franklin and Jefferson who made it possible that your ancestors could immigrate to this country from some little village in Russia or Poland. Oh, there is a Kibbutz Yad Mordecai, leftist, who do not even have a synagogue and in 1948 beat back Jordanian Leggionaires with knifes when they run out of ammunition. Of course we dispise Barak Hussein Obama but his supports for section 8, food stamps ,etc is welcome otherwise the whole kollel edifice would be in smithereens. Comparative analysis is helpful

what your saying is that basically obama is the best thing that ever happened to israel wrong for a number of reasons the next thing your saying is that anyone who "idolizes" or respects certain people automatically subscribe to their mantra also wrong for numerous reasons can i give you a jewish example in the gemara where rebbe meir learnt from acher who went off the derech and became a great baal hagemara, on a secular level your idol barack "hussein" obama good pals with the weather terrorist bill ayers and spent 25!! years in the church of jeremiah wright the rabid anti Semitic pastor!!!! so according to your twisted logic obama would be a left wing extremist/anti semite which you'd say he isn't. now you then procede to say that it is us jews who are our worst enemies a true fact occasionally because those jews are hard left arab rights nuts or rabid anti israel neurai karta. true but they make up a tiny sliver of the hasidic community what does that leave us with? the rest of us jews who support israel. you then make this obnoxious statement that if not for wahington jefferson and franklin your ancestors would still be in russia. ever heard of the 4 sons in the hagaddah?

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 Sep 05, 2012 at 09:16 PM continued Says:

Reply to #4  
Kzler Says:

Some of the comments remind me of Pogo we found the enemy it is us. Anna Pauker a Jew born in Romania believed Lenin is the messiah, Bela Kun a Hungarian born Jew also believed in Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg also believed in Lenin. Now Mr. Netanyahu who validly fought for Israel and his idol is Zeev Jabotinsky who was a good friend of Mussolini. Better yet a vice-presedential candidate a fervent supporter of Ayn Rand , aka Rosenbaum just conviniently found out that she was committed atheist. Then we have properly clad Jews who denounce on their website the illegal Zionist entity and showered on aminijad silver. Do any of you believe in the deists Washington, Franklin and Jefferson who made it possible that your ancestors could immigrate to this country from some little village in Russia or Poland. Oh, there is a Kibbutz Yad Mordecai, leftist, who do not even have a synagogue and in 1948 beat back Jordanian Leggionaires with knifes when they run out of ammunition. Of course we dispise Barak Hussein Obama but his supports for section 8, food stamps ,etc is welcome otherwise the whole kollel edifice would be in smithereens. Comparative analysis is helpful

the wicked son makes a comment like yours where he refuses to associate himself with his brethren no matter which political spectrum you align yourself with or your religious affiliation what you seem to be insinuating is that as jews we should be groveling on the ground in front of these people (franklin if i might add was a known anti semite) thanking them every day and therefore you seem to be suggesting we agree like sheep to every decision obama makes about israel. we should have enormous hakarat hatov to them but do you know why we had to immigrate! because there was a democratic president named franklin delano roosevelt who refused to allow entry into the u.s. of thousands of jewish refugees and refused to allow the military to bomb railroad tracks leading to death camps to halt the deaths of jews.next you tell over the story yad mordechai a inspiring story and i have immense respect for the fighters but their heroic story is one of many of jewish settlers fighting for their lives against the jordanians hungry for jewish blood. lastly we despise barack obama but love his support of food stamps! all presidents support food stamps and safety nets for the poor bo's support is

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