I don’t know what in the world this president is smoking. Apparently he took a toke off the legacy hookah Clinton got high off of. I just about wrecked the car when the news played the audio clip today of Bush calling on Israel to “end the occupation of Arab lands”. When exactly did America suddenly do an about-face to call the land Israel secured after the 1967 and 1973 Arab wars against it ‘Occupied”??
Hearing this I wondered aloud how Americans would feel if France came in here to demand that we surrender the “Occupied lands of Texas” to MS-13 for an empty promise of peace??
This is ridiculously dangerous ground Bush is shoving down the throats of the Israeli people. He is demanding they adhere to a ‘Roadmap to Peace’ with people who have not implemented ONE aspect of that roadmap before and whom are sworn to Israel’s destruction. Bush is playing with fire in his quest for a legacy. If he had paid attention in Sunday school he would remember the scripture in Zechariah 12:3 that depicts those nations who meddle with Jerusalem will be ‘cut in pieces’. Outside of scripture the entire notion of Bush making Israel concede yet further ‘land for peace’ deals is demanding Israel commit suicide as assuredly as Czhekoslovakia did at the behest of Deladier and Chamberlain in the 1930’s to Hitler.
Nothing but horror is going to come from this, and America is going to rue the day we weakened yet further the only real ally we have in the regional viper’s nest that is the scourge of Jihadist Islam.
Bush: Abbas ‘committed to peace’
RAMALLAH, West Bank — President Bush, summing up meetings with both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, said today that a peace accord will require “painful political concessions” by each. Resolving the status of Jerusalem will be hard, he said, and he called for the end of the “occupation” of Arab land by the Israeli military.
“Now is the time to make difficult choices,” Bush said after a first-ever visit to the Palestinian territories, which followed separate meetings with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem the day before.
Bush is in the Mideast for eight days, trying to bolster his goal of achieving a long-elusive peace agreement by the end of his presidency in a year. Speaking at his hotel in Jerusalem, he said again that he thinks that is possible.
“I am committed to doing all I can to achieve it,” Bush said. Within minutes, Bush’s national security adviser Stephen Hadley said the president would return to the Middle East “at least once and maybe more” over the next year. He wouldn’t elaborate on possible destinations, but another White House official said Bush is likely to attend Israel’s 60th anniversary celebrations in May.
Bush gave his most detailed summation yet of what a final peace should include, including U.S. expectations for the resolution of some of the hardest issues in the violent conflict, one of the world’s longest-running and most intractable. He used tough language intended to put both sides on notice that he sees no reason they cannot get down to serious business, “starting right now.”
In his set of U.S. bottom lines were security for Israel, a “contiguous” state for the Palestinians and the expectation that final borders will be negotiated to accommodate territorial changes since Israel’s formation. He also suggested international compensation for Palestinians and their descendants who claim a right to return to land they held before Israel’s formation.
He made a point of using a loaded term — occupation — to describe Israeli control over land that would eventually form the bulk of an independent Palestinian state. That he did so in Jerusalem underscored that he is trying not to seem partial to Israel.
On borders, Bush said any peace agreement “will require mutually agreed adjustments” to the lines drawn for Israel in the late 1940s. He was referring primarily to Israeli neighborhoods on disputed lands that Israel would keep when an independent Palestinian state is formed.
Earlier in the day, Bush had said Palestinians deserve better than a “Swiss cheese” state fitted around Israeli land and security bulwarks.
“The point of departure for permanent status negotiations to realize this vision seems clear,” he said. “There should be an end to the occupation that began in 1967. The agreement must establish a Palestine as a homeland for the Palestinian people just as Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people.”
White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said Bush was referring to the West Bank when he spoke of occupation….
I sit in stunned wonder over this. Obviously this plea from the former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu did not register in Bushs’ ears – or his brain.
Former chief Rabbi to Bush: Don’t act against God’s will
In a letter handed to US president, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu warns him not to take action that would harm Jewish people. ‘The Jewish nation forever remembers those that inflict harm upon it’
In a letter handed to US President George Bush Thursday, former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu admonished the US president to avoid any course of action that would harm the Jewish nation.
“The Jewish nation is eternal, and forever remembers those that have aided it throughout history, as well as those that have done it harm. Please let your name go down in history as a president who aided the Jewish nation, who worked alongside God and not against him,” wrote the rabbi.
The Rabbi furthermore urged Bush in his letter to utilize his visit to strengthen and bolster the State of Israel.
“You were granted the privilege of serving as US president. Make the best of the duties given you, and we will fulfill our task of remembering you as good and noble throughout the ages,” said the Rabbi.
Rabbi Eliyahu began his letter with greetings for President Bush and praise for his efforts to bring peace to the region. With that, he then told the American president that “his agenda for peace goes against the will of God”.
Granting the site of the Holy Temple to murderers of women and children who blaspheme God, wrote Rabbi Eliyahu, is an act against the Jewish people as well as God.