Friday, January 23, 2009

When Hope Comes to a Halt...

Obama falls in line on Israel/Gaza

Today President Obama reiterated what was for the most part the same old Bush policy on Israel and Palestine ignoring the core issues that prevent a lasting peace. He started off claiming Israel has a right to defend itself. There's no argument with that. However, it's void of any context. The fact that Israel had non-violent means of stopping the Hamas rockets, by continuing to obey the ceasefire it broke on Nov. 4, 2008 (see prior post), and/or ending its illegal blockade, was not considered by the new president. International law requires nations to exhaust non-violent means first in their self-defense. Even this is a bit gratuitous since Israel unilaterally ended the ceasefire on Nov4.

To listen to Noam Chomsky explain it go to:

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