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  1. Richard, the shorter Hebrew version in Haaretz did have J-Street and Peace Now. And Jeremy Ben Ami is listed as quoting what Obama said in the longer English version. I think the longer English version may have been updated to reflect the ongoing leaks from the meeting.

    בפגישה עם אובמה השתתפו נציגים של הלובי היהודי “איפא”ק” וכן של ארגון ועידת הנשיאים, איחוד הקהילות היהודיות וכן של ארגון ג'יי-סטריט ושלום עכשיו בארה”ב. בסך הכל השתתפו שם 16 מנהיגים מ-14 ארגונים שונים.

    מנכ”ל ג'יי-סטריט ג'רמי בן-עמי אמר בסיום הפגישה כי “אני סבור שהנשיא אובמה נוקט בעמדות שמטרתן השגת שתי מדינות לשני עמים וזו העמדה שזוכה לתמיכה של הרוב המכריע של הקהילה היהודית בארה”ב שהצביעה עבורו”.

    1. Damn, I keep forgetting that some of what may appear to be deliberate on the part of journalists actually reflects to vagaries of Haaretz.com shortening their longer & more comprehensive Hebrew versions of stories. Thanks for correcting me.

  2. Obama is the man.

    The settlement policy is THE indicator of Israel's intent, whether it intends to and does expand (slowly but in a one-way heart valve), or intends to co-exist.

    It would be wonderful if the compliance with the road map were voluntary and unilateral. (“We keep our commitments”, rather than “we rationalize every way that we can to avoid keeping our commitments”.)

    So, in that sense it is sad that it takes Obama's backbone to commit Israel to do what it agreed. But, it does describe an ENORMOUS contrast between Obama and Bush.


    Obama to U.S. Jewish leaders: Israel must engage in self-reflection
    By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent, and Reuters
    Tags: Barak Obama, Israel News

    U.S. President Barack Obama met with 15 American Jewish leaders at the White House for the first time on Monday. The president and the Jewish officials huddled for talks aimed at clearing the air following allegations that his administration was taking a tough line with Israel over settlement activity.

    At the meeting, Obama told the leaders that he wants to help Israel overcome its demographic problem by reaching an agreement on a two-state solution, but that in order to do so, Israel would need “to engage in serious self-reflection.”

    The other significance of the settlements, is that they are the tipping issue as whether the Arab world can start to proceed on normalization with Israel, even exploratory steps.

    It took the US asserting that it will compel all sides to abide by international law, including the defense of the sovereign Israel (and civilians), in order for the confidence in the agreements to be of more than words.

    Thank you Obama. Stick with it.

  3. Is this site for real? Jews in seperate political camps? Say it aint so Schlomo…..

    A Jew is a Jew is a Jew is a Jew and finally a friggen Jew. Our party just loves you folks with that 80% voting record. Thank you for making Obama happen.

      1. They also did not include Brit Tzedek. I think the intent was to keep it intimate, and by exlcuding a couple of the major left-of-center groups, it counterbalanced (and enabled them to justify exluding) the two right-wing groups who were also not invited (ZOA and National Council of Young Israel).

        1. Frankly, I could understand excluding Brit Tzedek because I don’t find their work as energetic and visible in the political debate. But leaving out IPF was foolish. But I do understand the tactic.

  4. Have Zionist special interests transformed our fourth estate into their fifth column? Of this there is no doubt. The only real question is: How long will it take Americans to become aware of the degree to which they have been played by Israel, and how much it is costing us to support Zionist lies and evil.

    Here is the most elegant definition of evil I have come across.

    “Evil: Domination of those who do not wish to be dominated.”

    By this measure, it is inadequate to merely identify the ongoing brutality against the Palestinians as an acting-out by the Jews, much like an abused child may express his sense of violation by bullying and abusing a smaller child at school the next day. If you are an American Jew who aspires to an ethics that qualifies as human, then to be an apologist for Jewish hysteria on this issue is no longer adequate. As Americans we have got to take a long hard–dispassionate–look in the mirror, and ask if we can afford to continue pretending we are somehow absolved of any responsibility for the actions of those who have found political power only because, as voters we were never offered a meaningful choice in candidates, and none of the issues that are pertinent to the roots of the cycles of crises were ever addressed. This same evil media control precludes the political ascension of anyone or thing that is not an insider, who is not for all practical purposes part-of-the-problem. Our mass media is so debased that it functions as a fifth column for special interests–counter to the public interest. Though this state of affairs is nothing new, there are new people coming along all the time. If for whatever insane reason, one of them wishes to become even just a wee bit free of self-destructive and crippling views, they must travel a hundred billion light years through a sucking swamp just to get to the point were they would start out, on any sane planet. This state of affairs is largely due to the contrived affects of mass media, whether it be through religious dogma, government propaganda, or haute coulture. Rather than acting as a bulwark for our rights, they divert our perception and energies with an endless run of spawning red herring. With a little luck (and near total control of the mass media) they will be able to keep the public entirely catatonic while the last vestiges of our liberties and real wealth bleed-out, onto America’s streets, which have been charmingly, if frustratingly, newly-indifferent, for the past two hundred and fifty years or so.

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