7 thoughts on “Obama on the Verge of First Meeting With Netanyahu: A Change is Gonna Come – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. I wish I were as confident. I just know too much about the way these people have acted in the past and what they are capable of.

    For one thing, Obama could APPEAR to have made change, then when Israel commits the unthinkable, he will have to go allong with whatever the bosses decided. You know, and I know, the REAL truth will not come out in public. This whole scenario was probably scripted at the Bilderberg meeting last week.

    I wish I could be cheerfuly optimistic, and yes that attitude was what got a good man like Freeman slandered until he was forced to withdraw, but deep down, I know the agenda. And love ain’t part of it.

    Few things happen on these levels that are not carefully scripted.

  2. I hope you’re right, Richard. I’ve become more and more disillusioned with Obama, mainly over the regressive nature of the bank bailout and the way he chose to surround himself with neo-liberal Wall Street hucksters (i.e. Tim Geithner and Larry Summers and co.), AND his foolhardy Afghanistan policy. But I still hold out faith and hope overall. He’s an incredible politician and a brilliant man. I know he possesses a real moral, ethical center in there, too. And it’s early still. If he does step out with moral courage on the I-P issue, that will be amazing, truly inspiring (and there are some good indicators in the right direction, as you mention).

  3. “…I sense that Obama is picking his moment,” Mr. Freeman said…

    I too obtain that same “sense” of the man, though the meeting with Netanyahu tomorrow may not be the precise moment for jerking on the collar and choking the surrogate to heel. There is yet the speech to the Arab world, Egypt, other Middle East potentates to visit or entertain and a Persian election to transpire. In the meantime Obama is sizing up his opposite counterparts and likely broadening his grasp of the broken terrain he must navigate. When its time to act we will all know in no uncertain terms.

  4. It was a good article but you compare apples to oranges in your crusade against with Ethan Bronner, who you obviously don’t like. That’s fine. I disagree again. I now read Bronner with a more critical eye but still do not find substance ( examples) in recent articles. Those articles are fine don’t read as one sided necessarily just because they report on the leaders from one side. Nor on the other hand are they crusading, which may be what you look for. The apples /oranges for me are about Cooper, a diplomatic correspondent covering a broad range of issues from the US with a totally different background, versus Bronner who is based in Jerusalem as a bureau chief working with other reporters there. Also Cooper’s article was analysis mostly, very competent and informing, but nothing extraordinary and not out on a limb. Bronner mostly reports with less ( but some) analysis.

    Taken as a whole, the NYT coverage on our issue, lately especially, is just fine imo with many reporters contributing. Opinion of the more satisfying sort which may be what you are looking for abounds elsewhere.

    I also wish I were as confident as you, Charles Freeman and Barbara ( above) about Obama. These are interesting times.

  5. RE: “The N.Y. Times has written a pitch-perfect article about the winds of change blowing from the White House regarding the Israel-U.S. relationship…”

    GOMER PYLE SEZ: “Shazam!”, “Gaaw-aawl-ly” and “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”

  6. I’m willing to bet that a lot of people in the U.S. government “get it” about the Palestinians’ dire situation – they’re just too cowardly to do anything about it.

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