Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Israeli Leaders Cheer President Obama

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Shimon Peres took the bright side of President Barack Obama's inauguration. Haaretz reported Olmert's words:

"We wish the incoming President success in his office and are certain that we will be full partners in advancing peace and stability in the Middle East," Olmert said in a statement.

"The greatest democracy in the world has again proven that it is a beacon and example for many countries," he said. "The entire State of Israel rejoices with the United States and welcomes President Obama."

"I am convinced that the United States' deep and abiding ties with Israel will strengthen further," he added. "The values of democracy, brotherhood and freedom that constitute the building blocks of American society are also shared by Israeli society, together with the faith in man's power and ability to change and influence his surroundings."

Both countries have a propensity to use violent force to change their surroundings. It's not very brotherly. President Peres added his endorsement:

"I am sure that Israel will be a good partner to President Obama. "They say Obama will be a good president to Israel, and I say Israel will be a good country for the President, because his goals are our goals, his hopes are our hopes, his source is our source."

President Obama offered words that should concern America and Israeli leaders.

"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

Corruption? That's describes America and Israel's pay for play democracies. PM Olmert is under investigation for influence peddling. Silencing of dissent? PM Olmert alone barred media from Gaza. Two Arab political parties have been banned from upcoming Israeli elections. Deceit? Israel's ceaseless building of settlements might qualify.

Yet, President Obama will bear hug Israel instead. His record as an AIPAC supporter is clear. There will be more wars, my friend.