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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:17 AM

Jerusalem Post: Barack Obama: Conceited-in-chief

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... "With less than a week to go before Israelis go to the polls, the occupant of the White House decided to take time out of his busy schedule and brazenly interfere in the Jewish state’s election campaign.

In a barely-concealed leak to journalist Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic magazine, Obama launched a stinging broadside against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Goldberg wrote that after the president was informed of Netanyahu’s decision to build in E-1, which would connect Jerusalem with Ma’aleh Adumim, Obama “didn’t even bother getting angry.”

“He told several people,” Goldberg said, “that this sort of behavior on Netanyahu’s part is what he has come to expect, and he suggested that he has become inured to what he sees as self-defeating policies of his Israeli counterpart.” Furthermore, Goldberg noted, “in Obama’s view, Netanyahu is moving his country down a path toward near-total isolation.”

... "This is not your run-of-themill arrogance. It is hostility wrapped in condescension and swathed in disdain. With this latest shot across Israel’s bow, the commanderin- chief has taken upon himself a new role, that of the conceited-in-chief...


Source: http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=299836


I wonder if the writer sees the utter hypocrisy here.

Have they forgotten that Netanyahu starred in an ad broadcasted in Florida last year with a variant of Romney's own stump speeches?
("The world needs American strength, not apologies." )
http://bcove.me/qjaac6yv

Have they forgotten the red carpet treatment Romney received in Israel during a visit last year?

Have they forgotten how Netanyahu's office leaked reports that President Obama had declined to meet him for a hastily arranged visit to the US?

In fact, have they forgotten Netanyahu's soft campaigning for Romney during the penultimate stages of the election?

Like it or not, the President's observation is not new, and it is shared by many. A real friend would tell the truth, not act like psychopant. Netanyahu's hawkish policies are to blame here - it's that simple.

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Reply Jerusalem Post: Barack Obama: Conceited-in-chief (Original post)
FleetwoodMac Jan 2013 OP
Arkana Jan 2013 #1
Ian Iam Jan 2013 #18
strategery blunder Jan 2013 #20
still_one Jan 2013 #2
FleetwoodMac Jan 2013 #15
still_one Jan 2013 #16
Sunlei Jan 2013 #3
geek tragedy Jan 2013 #4
Hippo_Tron Jan 2013 #17
alcibiades_mystery Jan 2013 #5
Mr. Sparkle Jan 2013 #6
bemildred Jan 2013 #7
and-justice-for-all Jan 2013 #8
BlueDemKev Jan 2013 #12
Comrade_McKenzie Jan 2013 #9
LiberalFighter Jan 2013 #10
BlueDemKev Jan 2013 #11
otohara Jan 2013 #13
Jennicut Jan 2013 #14
Ian Iam Jan 2013 #19
Tom Ripley Jan 2013 #21

Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:25 AM

1. I guess they've forgotten how blatant Netanyahu was

in his attempts to influence the US election.

Oh wait--I forgot, IOKIYAR.

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Response to Arkana (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 08:50 AM

18. Indeed, the hypocrisy is astounding!

 

But I must ask: What does IOKIYAR mean?

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Response to Ian Iam (Reply #18)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:32 AM

20. It's OK If You Are Republican

since they always seem to get away with so much, we have a bit of an acronym for it.

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:47 AM

2. This is a complete distortion of the original piece by Goldberg in Bloomberg, that Freund decides

to distort for his own political purposes.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-14/what-obama-thinks-israelis-don-t-understand-.html

The JPost used to be considered a liberal publication. Since the late eighties it has no longer been considered that.

Official US policy has always been that Israeli settlements in occupied territory are an obstacle to peace.

The other problem is we do not know who these supposed sources are.

I prefer the credibility of Haartez than the JPost.

This is disturbing because the JPost is intentionally distorting of the original article by Goldberg which was from Bloomberg

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Response to still_one (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 06:23 PM

15. Really? Will check it out later...

But you're right - it is very disturbing.

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 11:46 PM

16. At least that is how I read the original piece, it seemed to me he was just reporting a news story,

But the upmost took it a step further and made its own comments

I read the Bloomberg piece quick so maybe I missed something

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:12 AM

3. didn't the Jerusalem Post get bought out by the same group that creates the same housing morgage

bubble in Israel that America just went though?

you're being set-up Israel, they own the media and the thousands of morgages people won't be able to pay if they lose their income.

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:20 AM

4. Tell you what, fellas, ask AIPAC et al to stop interfering with our electoral process

as well as keeping your welfare check-cashing PM from doing the same, and then we can talk.

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 11:56 PM

17. AIPAC et al would not listen

The "Israel lobby" isn't actually lobbying for Israel. It's lobbying for the Neocon agenda.

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:25 AM

5. Somebody should tell Michael Freund that "Conceited-in-chief" doesn't even make any sense in English

It's a dumb expression.

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:38 AM

6. I am loving this new President Obama, if the Atlantic piece is true.

It is about time he went after bad guys, especially ones who have had a go at him. While Netanyahu will most likely get elected, due to right wing tactics of scaring voters every election over there, there is no harm in making him sweat a bit.

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:44 AM

7. "extremists of Meretz". Who is this fool? nt

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:49 AM

8. Stop sending them checks Mr. President and save a few million...nt

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Response to and-justice-for-all (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:15 PM

12. Millions? More like BILLIONS!

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:56 AM

9. A President that stands up to Israel is more than amazing. nt

 

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 11:17 AM

10. Does Israel really want to make enemies of the USA?

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:15 PM

11. Israel wouldn't last two days without the support of the United States...

...don't bite the hand that feeds you, Bibi!

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:56 PM

13. I'm So Sick of Israel

coddling them is a full time job and they are never satisfied.

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Response to otohara (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:22 PM

14. So true. At least the right wingers in Israel.

There are very reasonable Israelis. But Bibi constantly has to get his way and his supporters freak out over the least bit of criticism toward him, as if he were the only leader Israel has.

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Response to Jennicut (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 08:52 AM

19. With "allies" like these...

 

Well, you get my point.

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:56 PM

21. Q:Who gives a fuck about anything coming out of Jerusalem? A: Certainly not the rest of the world.

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