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DogPoundPup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:44 AM
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Arabs hope for Obama change, Israelis expect more of same
Source: Yahoo / AFP

CAIRO (AFP) Arabs were hopeful on Wednesday that President Barack Obama will make changes to US policy on the Middle East, in stark contrast to Israel in the wake of the Jewish state's deadly assault on Gaza.

"This region is looking forward to your handling of the Palestinian cause from the first day of your tenure," Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in a cable to congratulate Obama on his inauguration.

"It is an urgent priority and the key to all the other difficult crises of the Middle East," said Mubarak, whose country is hoping to negotiate a lasting ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

Israeli leaders, meanwhile, expressed confidence Obama would not alter the course too much from that of George W. Bush's outgoing administration, which strongly backed the Jewish state's operations in the Palestinian territories.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090121/wl_mideast_afp/usp...
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Wizard777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:54 AM
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1. Israels methods in achieving their goals must be closely examined.
As we have and are closely examining the methods we have used to achieve our goals. I hope Israel isn't expecting the blank check and free pass we're not willing to give ourselves. Most of all we need to examine the deaths of 400 Children in Gaza. The children of Gaza are the future of Gaza. Like our children are the future of America. All the hope and change in the world is useless when armies kill children and the future they will bring. Children are the very reason hope and change exists.
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:02 AM
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2. We shall see Israeli government, we shall see if Obama continues to give you money and political
cover. Perhaps the Israeli government has over played their hand this time, that is my hope anyway.
End the occupation Israel, NOW.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:07 AM
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4. um, the President doesn't give Israel money.
It's the Congress that does that.
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:14 AM
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5. Don't get bogged down in semantics, if you actually believe President Obama
will have no impact on foreign policy here, I can't help you.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:06 AM
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3. I expect Obama will have something to say pretty soon now. nt
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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:34 PM
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6. Arabs hope for Obama change, Israelis expect more of same
Source: AFP

Arabs hope for Obama change, Israelis expect more of same
by Hala Boncompagni 58 mins ago

CAIRO (AFP) Arabs were hopeful on Wednesday that President Barack Obama will amend US policy on the Middle East, while Israel expects little change in the wake of its deadly assault on Gaza.

Egypt, a close Washington ally with ties both to Israel and Palestinians, urged Obama to place the Palestinian cause at the top of his agenda as the Islamist Hamas faction said it will judge Obama by his acts.

"We will judge him by his policies and actions on the ground and how he will learn lessons from the mistakes of the previous administrations, especially that of George Bush and his criminal and unjust policies," said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum.

Hamas expects Obama "to respect the will of the Palestinian people, support their usurped rights and their right to defend themselves, away from any pressure or bias in favour of Israel," Barhum said in Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090121/wl_mideast_afp/usp...
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:34 PM
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7. Israelis expect more of same: I could say something but
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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:34 PM
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8. Let me try: 22 billion in sales, 19 billion as freebies over the last 8 years.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:34 PM
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10. Just for starters
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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:34 PM
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9. Well, I think Barhum's setting his sights too high
I like Obama, but, well, he IS an American president. I expect he'll be one of the best for the Palestinians, but I'm pretty certain he's not going to astound anyone with a polar shift from the American position that Israelis are always right and Palestinians are always wrong. Maybe more like Israelis are always right and Palestinians are only wrong eighty percent of the time.
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ro1942 Donating Member (701 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:34 PM
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11. gaza
I'd like to ask pres. obama what he would do if someone bulldozed his house threw him and his family into a tent, then built a wall around him restricting his every move. gave them just enough food and medicine to survive. would he have the right to defend himself.
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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:34 PM
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13. He'd at least give it thought
Which is a lot better than previous presidents.

I'm not going to hold my breath for a sea change in American policy towards Israelistine / Palesrael. That way I can be pleasantly surprised if it happens, and won't be let down if it doesn't
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:34 PM
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12. i think both will be disappointed.
Obama will not let the Likud determine US policy; but neither will he offer as much change as the Palestinians want.

I expect him to take us back to the even-handed dealing of Jimmy Carter, who produced the only lasting peace agreements in the region.
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:58 PM
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14. Fuck you, Olmert, you fucking murderer.
Choke on your bigoted bile and die.

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