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Sixty-four years ago, the United States became the first country in the world to recognize the State of Israel–the realization of a modern day state in the historic homeland of the Jewish People.  Since that momentous day, the special bond of friendship between the United States and Israel has grown stronger.  Ours is a unique relationship founded on an unbreakable commitment to Israel’s security, and anchored by our common interests and deeply held values.  These values continue to enlighten and guide our efforts as we work with Israel, as well as with others in the region, to confront shared challenges and to achieve a just and comprehensive peace based on a two-state solution that will usher in a future of peace, security, and dignity for the people of Israel and its neighbors.  

Today, as Israelis celebrate their 64th Independence Day and their remarkable achievements over the past six decades, it gives me great pleasure to extend my best wishes, and the best wishes of the American people, to President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the people of Israel. 

The president issued this statement this morning. Thanks to Peter Voskamp.

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  1. dimadok
    April 26, 2012, 10:35 am

    Thank you very much.

  2. eljay
    April 26, 2012, 11:09 am

    >> Ours is a unique relationship founded on an unbreakable commitment to Israel’s security …

    A relationship built on the commitment to security of an oppressive, expansionist, colonialist and religion-supremacist state born of terrorism and ethnic cleansing is not just unique, it’s damned bizarre. And more than just a little distasteful.

    >> … and anchored by our common interests and deeply held values.

    So…Israel wants to be a ME hegemon, and the US wants to be a Jewish state? Or is the point that they both approve of oppression and destruction, see themselves as being above the law, and refuse to be held accountable for their actions?

  3. Woody Tanaka
    April 26, 2012, 11:16 am

    Disgusting. The suck-ass couldn’t even mention the fact that this “momentous event” (how foul a label to place on a felony) was built on the bones and bodies of the innocent Palestinians whose land it rightfully is. I guess money is thicker than justice in an election year.

    • Fredblogs
      April 26, 2012, 6:29 pm

      Well, then local Arabs anyway. At the time, they weren’t calling themselves Palestinians. As for whose land it rightfully is, they gambled their land against their ability to defeat the Jews and lost.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 26, 2012, 6:53 pm

        quit humping these stupid myths. they didn’t gamble anything. don’t pretend the zionists weren’t going after the land come hell or high water. no one believes this crap anymore. give it a rest.

        and btw, nakba denial a banning offense here and i don’t know about others but i’m fed up with you. seriously fed up. anyone can write in and produce evidence someone has fallen afoul of the MW rules. i just may make my case before you start growing roots. i don’t know if it will work but i can give it a shot as well as the next person.
        i’m in a grumpy mood today.

      • Shingo
        April 26, 2012, 7:22 pm

        I agee with Annie,

        Ban Fred for Nakba denial. He makes no effort to engage in hinest debate, so there’s no point allowing him to pollute the forum.

      • playforpalestine
        April 27, 2012, 3:14 am

        Annie, even stormfronters allow dissenting opinions. Is this community so deathly afraid of having their fragile beliefs challenged that anyone who presents mainstream historical facts gets 86’d?

      • Annie Robbins
        April 27, 2012, 3:48 am

        pfp, check the comment policy, certain opinions are not allowed here. i don’t make the rules nor do i have the authority to decide who posts here.

        the phrase “mainstream historical facts” has little meaning for me. at one time it was considered a mainstream facts the earth was flat. a historical fact does not become more of a fact if it has a following whereas a myth becomes more powerful if it has a following.

      • playforpalestine
        April 28, 2012, 1:52 am

        I checked them Annie, and it seems that they are selectively enforced. I have seen some regulars make comments questioning the accuracy of accepted Holocaust history and offering justifications for Nazi pogroms without censure. I see comments all the time from certain people that meet any standard definition of anti-semitism that go without being challenged, let alone their authors being banned. Personal attacks and vindictive remarks also seem to be both commonplace and ignored provided the author’s viewpoints fall on the preferred side of the debate here.

        “the phrase “mainstream historical facts” has little meaning for me. at one time it was considered a mainstream facts the earth was flat. ”

        So if 95% of the world believes that the earth is flat, yet you are certain that it is not, wouldn’t you disprove their views when voiced, rather than treating them the same as overt racism and personal attacks? There’s a big difference between making tortured justifications for genocide/ethnic cleansing and voicing good-faith arguments based on widely researched and accepted historical data.

        Beyond that, posters have no problems offering justification for the ethnic cleansing of Jews in Palestine or other states. The only thing supposedly forbidden is actual Holocaust denial, equating the two events (Nakba and Holocaust) as historical equivalents. (Which I just find personally offensive, it has nothing to do with selective enforcement of your policies.)

        But by outlawing all but one side’s narrative in a notoriously convoluted war this policy strangles debate rather than encouraging it.

      • Shingo
        April 28, 2012, 3:32 am

        I have seen some regulars make comments questioning the accuracy of accepted Holocaust history and offering justifications for Nazi pogroms without censure.

        Please point to those examples or admit you are lying.

        I see comments all the time from certain people that meet any standard definition of anti-semitism that go without being challenged, let alone their authors being banned.

        Again, please point to those examples or admit you are lying.

        Personal attacks and vindictive remarks also seem to be both commonplace and ignored provided the author’s viewpoints fall on the preferred side of the debate here.

        Lying, support for ethnic cleansing and racism is not tolerated, so yes, that might take place from time to time.

        So if 95% of the world believes that the earth is flat, yet you are certain that it is not, wouldn’t you disprove their views when voiced, rather than treating them the same as overt racism and personal attacks?

        The first time yes. Maybe even the second or third. By the 10th time their views have been disproved and they continue to insist the earth is flat, contempt is certainly justified.

        There’s a big difference between making tortured justifications for genocide/ethnic cleansing and voicing good-faith arguments based on widely researched and accepted historical data.

        In other words, it’s not the tortured justifications for genocide/ethnic cleansing that offends you, it’s the contempt the purveyors of those views are met with that upsets you.

        Beyond that, posters have no problems offering justification for the ethnic cleansing of Jews in Palestine or other states.

        What would any hasbra post be without a completely baseless straw man argument? Your assertion is of course utter BS, so I won’t even bother asking you to substantiate it with evidence.

        But by outlawing all but one side’s narrative in a notoriously convoluted war this policy strangles debate rather than encouraging it.

        Cry me a river Hasbrat. You have the entire blogosphere available to express your support for ethnic cleansing, apartheid, fascism and Nakba denial.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 28, 2012, 8:17 am

        shingo, this is what team shalom did over at dkos for the longest time (i don’t bother reading the threads over there anymore), they turned every thread into a debate about the rules and fairness. if they’re so into their version of ‘fair play’ they could go over there. anyway, you have more patience than me. i did crack up about the “justification for the ethnic cleansing of Jews in Palestine” tho. hasbrats, there’s no limit to their chutzpa.

      • Shingo
        April 28, 2012, 10:24 am

        Yes Annie,

        It’s pretty obvious that playforpalestine is not the least bit interested in debating the topic, but wants to drag down the debate into a quagmire of straw men and ad hominems.

        It’s pathetic really, but what else are they gonna do? It’s not like they have a case.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 28, 2012, 10:37 am

        he’s doing it over on another thread at the moment also. check out anna quindland. i think strawmanning it is this particular hasbrats favorite crutch, but there’s also a number of other point scoring techniques employed. i wish hasbara central had more interesting personalities to throw at us. i much prefer discussion with ‘real’ zionists, like bk, even if i disagree with them on key issues. this fabrication crap gets old real fast. and for a new poster to expose him/herself so thoroughly within days of arrival is so pathetic.

        and that settler-friendly name..making a play for palestine? disgusting and transparent.

      • Shingo
        April 28, 2012, 11:07 am

        He won’t last here long Annie.

        Phil and Adam aren’t going to get sucked into being balckmailed he way they were over at DK – they’re not dedicated to getting Obama re-elected. He/she is goign to find there simply isn’t an audience for their crap here.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 28, 2012, 11:15 am

        god speed

      • Hostage
        April 28, 2012, 11:40 am

        As for whose land it rightfully is, they gambled their land against their ability to defeat the Jews and lost. . . . even stormfronters allow dissenting opinions.

        So what? Many Internet Service Providers are under court order to block access to Stormfront. Please recall that ethnic cleansing is population transfer – a serious war crime and crime against humanity according to the Rome Statute. The European Union has chosen to criminalize the act of publicly condoning, denying or grossly trivialising crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes as defined in the Statute of the International Criminal Court (Articles 6, 7 and 8) and crimes defined in Article 6 of the Charter of the International Military Tribunal. link to europa.eu

        Mondoweiss has adopted comment rules that prohibit both Holocaust and Nakba denial. Deal with it or stir-up incitement somewhere else, like Stormfront.

      • yourstruly
        April 28, 2012, 1:13 pm

        i wonder if at hasbara central there’s a computor program that organizes the online activities of its volunteer and paid online posters. i say this because there seems to be a certain rhythm to the coming and going of hasbarists, with very few regulars, more who stay for a variable period of time, then disappear (banned?), only to be replaced by someone else. from what annie says about other sites where they pop in, they must be sent out in waves, suggesting that their’s a period of training after which they’re turned loose in an attempt to wreak havoc on the internet.

      • Danaa
        May 12, 2012, 3:45 am

        So, we got ourselves a new Hasbara trainee. To wit:

        But by outlawing all but one side’s narrative in a notoriously convoluted war this policy strangles debate rather than encouraging it.

        Common ploy, most commonly deployed in the MSM (Hasbara-backed): pretend that there are two equal sides with two “competing” narratives. One side does all the oppressing, persecuting, ethnic cleansing, torturing and murdering. The other side does the suffering and standing its ground, the refusing to leave when ordered and the daring do defiance when told to heel.

        PlayforPalestine wants to prey on Palestine and like the thugs he supports expects the rapist to be given equal time to his victim. I expect that next we’ll hear “but she asked for it!”. or have we heard that already?

        For some time now I’ve been asking hasbara central for the A team, as MW has more than earned it. But all we ever got were the B Teams. Now it’d seem they have run out of those and sent a trainee.

        But that’s OK – Shingo did a fine job giving a little workshop. One can only hope our new trainee is educable and will sharpen his/her tools. Hint: maybe start with a new screen name?

      • Citizen
        May 12, 2012, 5:44 am

        Yep, it’s the better, improved magical Bible story wherein Goliath is reduced to the same size as David and doesn’t even have a slingshot and stone, but only his hand and a pebble.

        And Mondoweiss is the MSM.

      • Shingo
        May 12, 2012, 8:01 am

        But that’s OK – Shingo did a fine job giving a little workshop. One can only hope our new trainee is educable and will sharpen his/her tools. Hint: maybe start with a new screen name?

        He’s probably already done that. Who knows, he might be the re-incarnation of Witty or Werdine. Given his plea to lift the ban on Nakba denial, it’s probably Werdine.

      • Bumblebye
        April 26, 2012, 7:06 pm

        Fredfrog
        I’ll assume you are a native English speaker. That means, wherever you live, someone may come along and expel you from your home and your country. But that doesn’t matter, you can go live in any country where English is spoken, can’t you! Your usurpers won’t give a damn that your family is scattered to the winds in several different countries, that you are never compensated for your losses, that the country forced to take you in never gives you or your kin citizenship, that you long for the hills and fields or your own land, you’ll still be among ‘your kind’ with similar history, speaking the same lingo, whether it be in New Zealand or the Highlands of Scotland. That’s your pathetically stupid argument.

      • Shingo
        April 26, 2012, 7:19 pm

        At the time, they weren’t calling themselves Palestinians.

        Rubbish. Everyone in the territory was a Palestinian in 1920.

        And it is not a gamble to resist being expelled. A gamble suggests they had a choice to avoid such a fete, but as Ben Gurion pointed out, their very existence jealousies the creation of a Jewish state.

      • Blake
        April 27, 2012, 2:45 pm

        Fredblogs: Firstly most Palestinians are not Arab merely culturally and lingusitically Arabized and secondly what would they call themselves then? Certainly not Arabs when they were not. Yes they were calling themselves Palestinian or Filasten I believe is the Arabic name.

        Most historians mark the start of Palestinian Arab nationalist sentiment in 1834, when Arab residents of Palestinian region revolted against Ottoman rule. Israel, founded amid 1948 Arab-Israel war, took shape along the lines of a 1947 UN plan for ethnic partition of then-British ruled territory of Palestine which natives rejected. More than 800,000 Palestinians were forced from their lands by Zionist terrorist groups in 1948, in an episode Palestinians refer to as the Nakba or “catastrophe”.

      • yourstruly
        April 28, 2012, 12:45 pm

        you’re talking about the ethnic cleansing, aren’t you? that crime against humanity that palestinians refer to as the nakba?

  4. rensanceman
    April 26, 2012, 11:28 am

    Yes, thank you very much for betraying the hopeful constituency you had during and after your election who believed that you were a pragmatic idealist who came to office with the right view of the Problem that has existed in the ME for over 60 years. After your Cairo speech we were hopeful, but AIPAC and it’s true believers in your Administration quickly reined you in. Now we have the reality of Netanyaho lecturing you in the Oval office, lecturing our own Congress, endlessly repeating standard hasbara regarding Iran etc. Instead of bold leadership, we have another President who is willing to hasten the decline of our country’s influence in the world and to bring us to edge of a cliff to again fight another war of choice as we did in Iraq, a war fought for Israel’s interest, not ours.

  5. pabelmont
    April 26, 2012, 11:30 am

    Obama is no Paul Krugman.

  6. lysias
    April 26, 2012, 11:39 am

    Ours is a unique relationship founded on an unbreakable commitment to Israel’s security, and anchored by our common interests and deeply held values.

    Seems to mean that, no matter what awful things Israel may do, the U.S. will still be committed to defending its security.

    • Citizen
      April 27, 2012, 10:58 am

      Actually there’s a specific MOU between US & Israel wherein US guarantees Israel’s security, and it is Israel who gets to decide if they need our help in that regard. Another MOU guarantees Israel oil, specifically even if we need oil ourselves. If memory serves, there’s nothing in either MOU that obligates Israel in our behalf; it simply agrees with what we have obligated ourselves to do in its behalf. How about that? Via MOU we have also committed ourselves to insuring Israel always has the qualitative edge in superior military and security weapons–it limits US weapons sold to other countries in the Middle East to those of inferior quality/power to what we give Israel; accordingly, if we sell weapons to a Muslim country, we must give Israel weapons superior to those we sell to the Arabs.

  7. yourstruly
    April 26, 2012, 12:27 pm

    amazing that at a time when a pro-peace initiative could win him a second term, he clings to his israel firstness, a mistake that’s going to cost him dearly. and isn’t there anyone among our president’s advisers who’s willing to tell him that the american people don’t want another permanent war?

    • Bumblebye
      April 26, 2012, 1:10 pm

      Pro-peace = anti donation?
      Too many of the “little” people cannot afford to fund O’s re-election, so he’s dependent on those with sagging pockets and barely taxed squillions.

      • yourstruly
        April 26, 2012, 6:49 pm

        on his initial try he got a high percentage of his campaign money from “little” people, and he could this election too if only he’d run on a peace platform (& meant it). it’s just as likely, though, that the second time around hardly anyone would believe his promises, which would serve him right.

    • Fredblogs
      April 26, 2012, 6:34 pm

      ROFL. Very few people actually care about the I-P conflict. Those who do care are split between those who support Israel and those who oppose it. The ones who support Israel wouldn’t be impressed by yet another peace initiative that goes nowhere. For that matter, would you who oppose Israel be that impressed? Obama will probably get at least 75% of the Jewish vote no matter what.

      • Shingo
        April 26, 2012, 7:25 pm

        The ones who support Israel wouldn’t be impressed by yet another peace initiative that goes nowhere

        The ones who support Israel are not interested in peace full stop.

      • playforpalestine
        May 12, 2012, 12:15 am

        “The ones who support Israel are not interested in peace full stop.”

        The members of groups like PeaceNow and B’tselem are going to be so surprised by this news.

      • Shingo
        May 12, 2012, 1:32 am

        The members of groups like PeaceNow and B’tselem are going to be so surprised by this news.

        Both of which are considered anti Israel in Israel.

        Which proves the point.

      • Blake
        April 28, 2012, 2:58 am

        Fredblogs: We simply could not be human if we did not care of those suffering (the Palestinians). I notice too you have selective reading and refuse to answer questions I have posed to you on other threads when I know you have read them and purposefully ignored them as you simply cannot answer them.

      • ahhiyawa
        April 28, 2012, 10:09 am

        Amazing! Fred broke a cardinal rule in propaganda, never allude to and dare not tell the truth.

        Among the ‘voting’ public the I/P conflict ranks lower than whale shit on the list of partisan and constituency interests that dominate elections. Add in the other half who don’t vote and the issue doesn’t exist.

        The I/P conflict, like the Iranian nuclear issue is an ‘establishment’ concern currently being fought out across its myriad public, profit & nonprofit, media and private spheres, within and without government. The pending BDS disinvestment resolution currently before the United Methodist conference is an example of this evolving & growing stasis within the ‘establishment’ community.

        The reason Obama will get a solid majority of Jewish/American votes is because of their solid commitment to liberalism, the Democratic party and the fact they are loyal American citizens first, not Israeli firsters who also include the deranged sects of fundamentalist Christians.

    • ahhiyawa
      April 28, 2012, 10:20 am

      >>>isn’t there anyone among our president’s advisers who’s willing to tell him that the american people don’t want another permanent war?<<<

      Trust me yourstruly, Obama knows full well of the war weariness of the American masses. Nor is his well executed 'Israel firstness' a mistake he is going to rue. Its his "bodyguard of lies" attending his truth, that doesn't for one moment deceive Netanyahu and fellow zealots.

  8. Klaus Bloemker
    April 26, 2012, 1:23 pm

    -“in the historic homeland of the Jewish People” – Obama

    Netanyahu before the US Congress last year:
    – “In Judea and Samaria the Jewish people are not a foreign occupier. This is the land of our forefathers, the land of Israel to which Abraham brought the idea of one God.”

    The rationale for the state of Israel is no longer ‘a safe haven from persecution’ but rather framed in biblical, historical, tribal terms.

    • MHughes976
      April 26, 2012, 8:54 pm

      Abraham actually found (taking the Biblical text fully at face value) the idea of God Most High, who seems to be one and unique, already alive and well in Canaan, represented by Melchizedek. If Abraham already believed in God MH he must have formed this idea in Syria or Iraq. Belief in God MH cannot at this rate convey any special rights deriving from Abraham but not from Melchizedek and from the Canaanites who shared his religion. If being descended from the people among whom this form of monotheism was conceived at an early time conveys a special status that status is possessed by Iraqis too.
      I don’t believe that people like Netanyahu or his Christian acolytes read the Bible very carefully.

      • Klaus Bloemker
        April 27, 2012, 1:01 pm

        Thanks for your little lecture on Abraham and the Bible.
        Let me again point to the shift in the rationale for the state of Israel.

        – In his Cairo speech in 2009 Obama linked Israel’s existence to “the Jewish tragedy”. That infuriated many Israelis who do not want to legitimize their state as being born out of persecution and the Holocaust. That would be sort of a negative legitimacy – they need a positive one, one inherent in their Jewishness: their tribal, Biblical ‘right’ to the land. And indeed, it would be difficult to claim that the 520,000 settlers who moved to East Jerusalem and the West Bank/’Judea and Samaria’ since 1981 are poor Hitler refugees.

        So Obama droped the reference to “the Jewish tragedy” too.

  9. Bumblebye
    April 26, 2012, 1:25 pm

    Whoo-hoo!
    Latest Assange RT “World Tomorrow” on Antony Loewensteins site has Slavoj Zizek and David Horowitz blowing gaskets at each other! And I’ve only got a couple a minutes into it!

  10. American
    April 26, 2012, 1:43 pm

    ” Ours is a unique relationship founded on an unbreakable commitment to Israel’s security, and anchored by our common interests and deeply held values. ”

    ROTFLMAO….this ‘relationship’ is built on political payoffs/bribes/political intimitation by Israel firsters and their lobby and corruption.
    That’s all the US-Isr relationship is or has ever been about.
    The zionist and Israel sure as hell don’t have any ‘values’ and neither do their US supporters.
    They all need to be held underwater till the bubbles stop coming up.

    • LanceThruster
      April 26, 2012, 7:05 pm

      They all need to be held underwater till the bubbles stop coming up.

      I love the colorful phrasing.

    • Blake
      April 28, 2012, 4:43 am

      @ American: Special indeed Lol a 64 year dependence. We won’t go into the selling of secrets to our enemies or the veto at the UN

  11. maggielorraine
    April 26, 2012, 3:07 pm

    I turned 18 in 2007, and Obama was the very first president I voted for. I was so excited I cried. Think I’m falling for him again? Not a snowball’s chance in hell.

  12. Clif Brown
    April 26, 2012, 4:07 pm

    I regularly get emails from the “White House Office for Jewish Outreach” which is curious since I am not Jewish. But since I’m on the inside now, I thought I’d ask the Office if there is a similar Office for Muslim Outreach. No reply.

  13. Ramzi Jaber
    April 28, 2012, 8:53 am

    Unbelievable… USA President grovelling to criminal zionist money, congratulating murderers and thieves.

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