‘Obama adopting Arafat’s staged plan for Israel’s end’

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‘Obama adopting Arafat’s staged plan for Israel’s end’
By GIL HOFFMAN AND REBECCA ANNA STOIL
19/05/2011
Likud’s Dannon says US president trying to force plan on PM; Livni: Speech was in Israel’s interest, urges Netanyahu to revive talks.
MKs on the Right expressed outrage on Thursday night at US President Barack  Obama’s call for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines  with mutually agreed swaps, in an exchange of territory for  security.

They called upon Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to reject  Obama’s plan when he meets with him on Friday in Washington.

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“Barack  Hussein Obama adopted Yasser Arafat’s staged plan for Israel’s destruction, and  he is trying to force it on our prime minister,” Likud MK Danny Danon said. “All  that was new in the speech was that he called for Israel to return to 1967  borders without solving the crisis. Netanyahu has only one option: Tell  Obama to forget about it.”

Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, also from  the Likud, who as a minister close to Netanyahu must be more diplomatic, said on  Channel 2 that according to Obama’s approach, the Palestinians would receive  what they were demanding on borders before negotiations begin.

“Once they  have everything from the start, they have no reason to make any concessions,” Erdan said.

But opposition leader Tzipi Livni said Obama’s plan was  clearly in Israel’s interests, while the diplomatic stalemate that she believes  was brought on by Netanyahu is not.

“On his visit, Netanyahu must display  the leadership necessary now to create the conditions necessary to restart  negotiations with those who are ready to end the conflict,” Livni said. “Only a  real Israeli initiative with content that can receive American and international  support can be an answer to the current dangers and opportunities.”

Her  Kadima colleague, MK Yoel Hasson, warned that if Netanyahu did not take  immediate action, he would bring Israel into deeper international isolation and  have borders forced on the country unilaterally.

Kadima’s MK Otniel  Schneller turned the focus back on his own party, however, calling on the  opposition’s leadership to take a strong stand behind the prime minister on  issues of foreign policy in light of Obama’s speech.

“Obama’s speech has  placed before Israeli society and its representatives the challenge of unity and  national agreement. The political disagreements and the motivation of the  opposition parties should not overpower their responsibility for the future of  the state,” Schneller said.

“On the level of diplomatic policy, Kadima  believes in the same principles presented by the prime minister, which  constitute the basis for a diplomatic program that the previous government under  [prime minister Ehud] Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni tried to advance,” he added. “It would be appropriate if during the prime minister’s meeting with  President Obama, everyone knew that the prime minister has no opposition when it  comes to realizing his diplomatic initiative. We should expect mature leadership  from the heads of all of the Zionist parties on the existential questions facing  Israel and its strategic interests.”

MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab  List-Ta’al) criticized the speech, saying Obama offered “nothing new” in regards  to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Tibi told Channel 2 news the  speech was intended more for Arab audiences who have been participating in  pro-democracy protests in the past several months “Obama is riding the tiger of  Arab democracy,” he said.

Referring to the US president’s speech in Cairo  in June 2009, Tibi concluded by nicknaming Thursday’s address: “Cairo Speech  II.”

Report: Obama to call for Egypt debt forgiveness today

Report: Obama to call for Egypt debt forgiveness today

Thomas Lifson

According to Josh Gerstein of Politico,
President Obama’s much-hyped speech today at the State Department regarding the
Middle East will include praise for the Arab Spring and a call for debt
forgiveness to provide  “cash flow relief” to the new Egyptian government. This
would be the very same new government that is moving away from its peace treaty
with Israel and cozying up to Iran, providing Suez Canal transit to Iranian
warships, so they can cruise off Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

Since the US government is heavily indebted to China, such a move would
amount to borrowing money from China and others to decrease Egypt’s foreign
debt, as a reward for moving against peace with Israel.
Instead of honestly recognizing that Islamism is the root of protest and
threat to the West in Egypt, Obama is apparently recycling the old economic
arguments. Gerstein writes:
“We see this as a critical window of time for the United States to take
concrete action,” a senior administration official told reporters Wednesday
during a conference call previewing Obama’s speech.
“The political movements of nonviolent protest that we’ve seen are rooted
in part in a lack of opportunity in the region. You have very large populations
of young people, many of whom – too many of whom – cannot find a job,” said the
official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We think it’s important to note
that some of the protests in the region are deeply rooted in a lack of
individual opportunity and economic growth as well as a suppression of political
rights.”
At least the language is hedged here: “some of”, “may be” and the like. But
no effort at all is made to connect a religion which idealizes a 7th century
social order as the perfect  state of Allah’s plan for mankind with economic
stagnation and lack of opportunity. Nor the possibility that a religion which
posits jihad against the infidel as the highest duty might hobble its economic
prospects and social structure.Osama
Bin Laden
shares President Obama’s enthusiasm for the Arab Spring. Erin
Bonsteel captures the situiation well:

Obama says Palestine must be based in 1967 borders

Obama says Palestine must be based in 1967 borders

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians’ demand for
their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967
Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel. Israel says the
borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.

In a speech outlining U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, Obama
on Thursday sided with the Palestinians’ opening position a day ahead of a visit
to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is
vehemently opposed to referring to the 1967 borders.

Until Thursday, the U.S. position had been that the Palestinian goal of a
state based on the 1967 borders, with agreed land swaps, should be reconciled
with Israel’s desire for a secure Jewish state through negotiations.

Obama to Pledge New Mideast Aid

Obama to Pledge New Mideast Aid

By CAROL E. LEE                And JAY SOLOMON

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will announce this week a new aid plan for the Middle East and North Africa that U.S. officials say will be far bolder than previous American economic assistance to the region.

Mr. Obama will outline the plan, which could include debt cancellation and a reprogramming of financial aid the U.S. already provides to countries like Egypt, in a speech he is scheduled to deliver Thursday at the State Department.

[obama0519]European Pressphoto AgencyPresident Obama

Whatever aid he announces, though, is unlikely to assuage Arab governments, which had been hoping the White House would push forcibly for a resumption of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. The president’s aides say his speech will focus only briefly on the issue.

“At the end of the day, the Palestinian cause remains a dominant issue,” said a senior Arab official. “A speech by the president without addressing the conflict is unlikely to generate much enthusiasm.”

Mr. Obama met Tuesday with King Abdullah II of Jordan, who has been pressing U.S. officials to take a more aggressive role in the peace process, according to Arab diplomats.

After the meeting, Mr. Obama said the U.S. will provide Jordan with hundreds of millions of dollars through the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the government institution that finances and insures private business to promote economic growth. The result, according to the U.S., will be roughly $1 billion for economic activity in Jordan. The president also pledged 50,000 metric tons of wheat.

“All of this will help to stabilize the cost of living and day-to-day situation of Jordanians and will provide a foundation so that these economic reforms can move forward and long-term development can take place,” Mr. Obama said.

The president’s goal, officials said, is to give a financial boost to the political change sweeping the Mideast and North Africa, where dashed economic aspirations have fed unrest.

Senior U.S. officials are particularly alarmed by the deterioration in Cairo’s finances since the street revolt that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February. The Egyptian government has been forced to spend between $3 billion and $3.5 billion of its foreign-exchange reserves a month to pay for food and other commodities as tourism has plunged and overseas remittances have dried up.

Egypt’s government has been seeking relief on around $1 billion in debts tied to wheat purchases in the 1970s, according to officials involved in the talks. Cairo has paid off the principal on these loans, but continues to service interest payments.

The administration is looking at a mixture of direct aid, debt relief, and export credits to help stabilize Egypt’s finances. “There are a whole range of tools we could use,” said a U.S. official. “We’ve been looking for the right mix.”

Mr. Obama’s speech will come ahead of action on economic and trade initiatives that the Group of Eight economic powers are poised to take during their summit in France next week. Leaders are working on a short-term stabilization package, particularly for Egypt and Tunisia, that would involve international financial institutions and perhaps some of the Persian Gulf states, according to a G-8 diplomat.

The diplomat said G-8 member countries may also change trade policies to help boost regional exports to Europe and the U.S., perhaps using the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which was set up after the Cold War to help former East Bloc nations.

Mr. Obama may struggle to win over skeptics in Congress. The U.S. already provides Egypt with roughly $1.3 billion a year, and lawmakers are pushing the White House for deep spending cuts.

Additionally, a number of lawmakers have raised concerns in recent weeks about Egypt’s post-Mubarak foreign policy, particularly its warming relations with Iran and militant Palestinian group Hamas, which the U.S. and the European Union designate as a terrorist entity.

Mr. Obama’s speech comes a day before the president is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington. After meeting with King Abdullah, Mr. Obama said “it’s more vital than ever that both Israelis and Palestinians find a way to get back to the table.”

In the speech, Mr. Obama will seek to connect the death of Osama bin Laden with the popular uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa.

“The Arab Spring represents a real and organic repudiation of the things bin Laden stood for in the region and among the people he claimed to represent,” a senior administration official said Tuesday, previewing one of the speech’s themes.

There will be no new policy on the Mideast peace process in the speech, but Mr. Obama is likely to address the union of the Palestinian Fatah and Hamas factions, the official said, and to say Hamas must reject terrorism and recognize Israel’s right to exist if it wants to be part of the Palestinian government.

The president is also expected to refer to the pending effort to have the United Nations recognize a Palestinian state. He plans to restate U.S. policy that the conflict should be settled through negotiations, not by a declaration.

—Laura Meckler contributed to this article.Write to                 Jay Solomon at jay.solomon@wsj.com

Obama to Award “Green Ribbon Schools” for Teaching Kids Environmentalist Propaganda

Obama to Award “Green Ribbon Schools” for Teaching Kids
Environmentalist Propaganda

May 18th, 2011

Penny Starr, CNSNews.com

Next year on Earth Day, the Obama administration plans to announce which U.S.
schools have been selected as “Green Ribbon Schools,” a designation that will
“honor” schools for “creating healthy and sustainable learning environments” and
for “teaching environmental literacy.”

The Green Ribbon Schools program was announced
in late April, but details on how schools will be picked or what the honor
entails have not been released.

Jo Ann Webb, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Education, told
CNSNews.com that the program is still under development.

“The criteria have not been developed yet,” Webb said. “The plan is for the
U.S. Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the
Council for Environmental Quality to develop the criteria this spring and summer
and to issue the call for applications early this fall.

Webb said the program would recognize schools for “engaging students on
environmental issues and producing environmentally literate students; increasing
energy efficiency and using renewable energy technologies; and creating healthy
learning environments by addressing environmental issues in the schools.”

Webb said approximately 50 Green Ribbon schools could be named on Earth Day
2012. In announcing the program, Obama administration officials touted the
importance of environmentalism as part of a good education.

“Preparing our children to be good environmental citizens is some of the most
important work any of us can do,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said
when he announced the new program last month. “It’s work that will serve future
generations and quite literally sustain our world.”

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Documents Show Elena Kagan’s Conflict of Interest on ObamaCare

Documents Show Elena Kagan’s Conflict of Interest on
ObamaCare

May 18th, 2011

Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

Documents uncovered by a legal watchdog group prove Supreme Court Justice
Elena Kagan was involved in the Obama administration’s legal defense of the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “ObamaCare.”

Judicial Watch has released
a number of administration communiqués that show Kagan, who was then Solicitor
General, presided over the president’s response to lawsuits asserting the
government health care bill is unconstitutional.

On January 8, 2010, Brian Hauck, Senior Counsel to Associate Attorney General
Thomas Perrelli, wrote to Kagan’s deputy, Neal Katyal, asking for the office’s
assistance in “how to defend against the inevitable challenges to the health
care proposals that are pending.” Three minutes later, Katyal replied,
“Absolutely right on. Let’s crush them. I’ll speak with Elena and designate
someone.” After Katyal volunteered, Kagan responded, “You
should do it.”
[1]

A few hours later, Katyal updated Hauck, writing, “Brian, Elena would
definitely like OSG [the Office of Solicitor General] to be involved in this set
of issues.” Katyal added,”I will handle this myself, along with an Assistant
from my office, (Name RedactedBJ), and we
will bring Elena in as needed
.”(Emphasis added.)

The Justice Department continues to withhold a series of e-mails that would
disclose Kagan’s exact role in the negotiations. However, it has turned over the
Vaughn
index
, which describes the items being stonewalled in general terms. These
include….

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