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Obama settles the score    Orly Azoulay
1. Obamas remarks
Wow. So according to Obama the lack of movement in the peace process is all Netanyahu's fault. No pointing the finger at anyone else. Iran doesn't get singled out, nor Hamas, nothing about Hezbollah. All Israel's fault (since the Israelis have kept Netanyahu in office). And now I'm watching senior American Jewish leaders endorse this nominee for Secretary of Defense. Sickening. As for the Israeli election, the Israelis will make their decision as to who they trust to make the strategic decisions that protect our Israel. I don't trust Obama to run the US, let alone Israel's security needs. Now I'm just waiting for the next step in his plan- he'll abandon her at the UN. Sickening, sad, never thought I'd see this day. Glad I didn't vote for him.
Rhonda ,   Chicago, USA   (01.16.13)
2. Unsubstantiated hearsay.
Goldberg does not speak for the President. Who is Goldberg? Reality, the statement was never made. Obama can always pick up the phone and speak to the Prime Minister directly.
michael Pielet ,   raanana, Israel   (01.16.13)
3. Orly Azoulay: I can't tell who's more ignorant...
...you or Obama! Your senseless drivel is an affront to Israel and its leaders; but, what do you expect from a liberal piece of trash?! Shame on YNET for publishing this worthless crap!!!
Taz Man ,   USA   (01.16.13)
4. Hope wrter is correct and
Obama butts out of Israel and its politics/That will be very good for the state and far better than O's acts and words. It is not BB's fault that he does not submit and bend over backwards for Obama and stretch out neck of Israel for Obama to slit open.
Aaron ,   USA   (01.16.13)
5. Obama has no clue about this region and it's politics.
Trust a foreign president with no real sense of what is going down or locals......
Joe   (01.16.13)
6. The more "criticism" from HBO the stronger our conviction
that Bibi is doing something right! The Manchurian is feeling the heat...:-))
tom ,   tel aviv   (01.16.13)
7. Obama settles the score
Orly's opinion only. We all knew Pres. Obama has no love for Israel in general and for BiBi in particular. Actualy quite childesh to make such a statement right befoe israeli elections. It was not enough that BiBi froze the settlements without any possitive reaction from the Pally Partners (not) but Obama wants BiBi to place his head on the chopping block so Obama can hand it as a gift to his Arab brethren. One wonders if the American people feel the same way. I think not Americans are a bit smarter than that and they realize Israel is dealing with those who want NO deal. So Orly go back to te drawing board for a better story.
Voice of Reason ,   Here & Now   (01.16.13)
8. I stopped reading when I read Obama loves Israel
Danny ,   Tel Aviv   (01.16.13)
9. Obama is an amateur and way out of his depth with Bibi
Noodles ,   Coney Island   (01.16.13)
10. Bibi will to be in his second term
Obama can look forward to free and liberated Bibi :)
Johnny ,   TA, Israel   (01.16.13)
11. Funny how everyone said Obama had integrity before November
Well surprise, surprise. The cat is out of the bag and it is a skunk. Some friendly advice for Obama. First try to get your own house in order before inviting yourself over to fix ours.
Ilan   (01.16.13)
12. Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the vilest of them all?
we do not believe a word that comes out of obama's mouth; we do not trust obama and do not consider him an ally. we will put a mirror in front of obama which will shatter naturally when the mirror sees the reflection of a true narcissist guided by delusions of grandeur. obama will make sure that israel is regarded as a pariah state, unlike the many muslim states where jihad is just an exercise in self improvement, not a holy war waged against the infidels. once we understand obama's foreign policy, israel would do well to find new allies that have dark broken mirrors and who do not stab allies in the back.
Cipora Julianna Kohn ,   Z   (01.16.13)
13. a warm relationship
In Israel's case this always means: Israel give, swallow, accept, understand, don't react & don't answer back. In short: lie down & shut up! Because Obama said something, it doesn't mean it's the truce. The only thing it proves is that 20 years of Ref. Wright's influence (carefully hidden in first term) are coming to the surface in his second & last term.
tiki ,   belgium   (01.16.13)
14. #12
Please, what is meant by "new allies". Can you give me one example?
Jarda ,   Czech Republic   (01.16.13)
15. Secretary of states
There is a joke about Jemes Baker jnrSecretary of State under Bush snr that he was the first Secretary of State to actually hate Israel before he assumed the position rather than after.No one knows Obamas feelings and policy strategies he definitely abandoned Mubarek who was far better than the Shah of Iran to the Islamists a very bad sign.
Zechariah   (01.16.13)
16. excuse me, but orly
how can you live with yourself by writing the most one sided biased op-ed? I take it you aren't voting for Netanyahu but that doesn't excuse you from being honest. you make it sound like Netanyahu single handedly burned the whole process for all willing parties in abbas and Obama. but I have to ask you. why is there no mention of Obama and abbas obstacles they put up. let's start with Obama telling abbas that he should wait until Obama gets Netanyahu to enact a settlement freeze. something abbas admits was Obama's doing. then even after Netanyahu does a 10 month settlement freeze, abbas does not come to the table until 8months and 1 week after the freeze. and Obama never ever said anything about abbas' absence during that time. then as a slap in the face to Netanyahu and Obama, abbas attempted to get the PA recognized with UNESCO successfully, but at the UN for observer state US vetoed the PA declaration. Obama never ever said publicly that abbas is thwarting peace efforts. abbas even attempted a second time bidding for a state at the UN successfully this time, even after Obama cried out saying no. but no, everything publicly is put on Israel's back. the Palestinians can do as they wish and never be blamed for making Obama look bad during election time, never being mentioned as someone hindering peace efforts. but when Netanyahu announces more building units, Obama and the world say he is creating an obstacle to peace. oh and abbas never condemned hamas' intentional firing of rockets on civilians. and more over Obama and the UN never publicly said abbas is creating an obstacle to peace. now orly, my question to you is, why is it the Palestinians can do whatever they wish and never be publicly accused as thwarting peace efforts by Obama and UN? but anything Netanyahu does is an obstacle for the peace efforts. why do you intentionally leave out everything the Palestinians have done. if you make a list, abbas has many many more things to obstruct peace efforts than Netanyahu. and Obama and gang let it fly for what reason?
the mad zionist ,   san francisco   (01.16.13)
17. Good thing President Obama has not visited Israel
The overtly racist hatred of the President by the Israeli right would be on parade to the great embarrassment not of America but of Israel. Lifne Iver lo tetain mikshol - his visit would be political entrapment as the yahoos of Israeli politics would not be able to resist making fools and worse of themselves.
Avramele   (01.16.13)
18. what a joke!
the most devisivr,hatefull and anti american/israel "president"......
oded ,   usa   (01.16.13)
19. Hear, O Israel
Obama and Europe haven't even started settling accounts with us...maybe a sane vote on Tuesday may save us from the sanctions that are on the way
Michael ,   Haifa   (01.16.13)
20. Now that naive Jews voted for him he allows himself to attck
our precious national home and the leaders of Israel who are freely elected there. To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Obama has never been a candidate for the prime ministership of Israel, has he?
Adam Smith   (01.16.13)
21. To: No. 14
How about all those countries that are energy-starved and desperate for cheap natural gas from those two huge Israeli natural gas fields? No shortage of those. For that matter, how about the Czech Republic? I seem to recall that your country voted AGAINST the ersatz "Palestine" Authority on November 29, 2012, did it not? But have no fear. Obama is what is referred to as a lame duck president. The people of the United States speak through the House of Representatives, which is staunchly pro-Israel. Obama's private agenda is well-known, and much despised in the United States. And the United States Congress -- more particularly, the House of Representatives -- controls the purse strings. I trust I have answered your rather silly question.
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (01.16.13)
22. The State of Israel ...
... considers Obama to be an Arab flunky and a Moslem toadie. Israel is under no obligation to bow down to Obama's private Islamist agenda, and if that offends Imam Obama -- well, too bad. Obama can kneel before all the Moslem and Arab heads and states he wants. Of course, he risks the wrath of the American people and, more importantly, the disdain of the United States Congress. Netanyahu is far superior -- intellectually and pragmatically -- to Obama, and Obama resents the fact that the American people largely ridicule him. Well, too bad. Perhaps if he had paid more attention in school, he wouldn't have had to resort to becoming a "community activist." Netanyahu is wise to treat Obama as an annoying gnat. It brings Obama's true intentions to the fore, and the people of the United States -- and, more importantly, the United States Congress -- are paying attention. But actions speak for themselves. Two important American allies -- Egypt and Tunisia -- have been lost. Obama had better start toeing the line, or else he will lose Israel as well, and I can guarantee you that there is no other country in the Middle East that will pick up the slack -- and the extraordinarily valuable intelligence -- that will be left behind. Where will Obama turn? To Iran? Right. The people who have threatened American assets in the Gulf and consider the United States to be the "great Satan?" Play that card, and the only thing in Obama's future is impeachment.
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (01.16.13)
23. To All Commentators
President Obama has already given Europe the green light to interfere. Lets see what happens within the next two months.
harold ,   USA   (01.16.13)
24. Avramele # 17
Race has nothing to do with it. He would be hated just as much if he were white. Why do liberals always play the race card when one of their darlings is involved? They sure kept their mouths shut with Clarence Thomas who is black when he was being ripped apart. I guess it's only racist when it is someone you support.
Eaglebeak ,   Left Coast, USA   (01.16.13)
25. Obama. A small man. A petty man.
...and not much of a man at all. His memorry will be like one whose constipation is ended. Some lingering discomforture and pleasant relief. Unfortunately America's political laxitive is slow in this particular movement.
Gideon Reader   (01.16.13)
26. setlememt
This so called president can only be a fool and idiot Nobody belevesevs a word he says !! He is so useless that a monkey looks clever against this idiot No wonder nobody in the world even takes notice of hiis talks
colin   (01.16.13)
27. To: No. 23
Are you actually under the impression that the State of Israel cares what Europe says or does? The shades of six million Jews remain with us. And hundreds of millions of Jews who perished due to European perfidy before them. Israel doesn't pay much attention to Europe. Of course, they still harbor Jewish gold, and Jewish bank accounts and priceless Jewish artwork. And, of course, there is the not-so-little matter of the trillions of dollars in Jewish fully paid-up life insurance policies that European companies have refused to honor. Europe is one giant Jewish cemetery, and Israel is well aware of this fact. I think that the State of Israel -- not to mention Jews the world over -- will chuckle when Europe turns into a Moslem-dominated enclave. They had it coming. It will come to fruition. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of Nazi war criminals and their collaborators.
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (01.16.13)
28. To: No. 19
Hear, oh idiot -- can you spell really cheap natural gas? You know, from the two huge fields owned and controlled by Israel? Forget sanctions against Israel. That just isn't going to happen. The Europeans are nothing if not self-serving hypocrites, despite their fear of the violent and aggressive Arab and Moslem minorities that they have foolishly allowed into their countries, willy-nilly. Get a grip. I don't see very many Europeans willing to pay 15 euro in order to half-fill the tanks in their automobiles. They aren't that liberal, face it.
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (01.16.13)
29. Time to end the fantasy
The posts on this site edge farther to the right on a daily basis and are truly frightening. Israel is indeed in greater peril if it thinks it can 'fly in the face' of the U.S., her bulwark of support. It is disturbing to say the least that so many blithely dismiss the political changes outside of Israel as merely OBAMA, and either; fail to see how vital existentially vital these changes are for Israel, or, they cannot see them because they are so absorbed in yesterdays politics. Israeli's need to understand that they have to develop an intelligent consensus on how to survive over the next century. A clear minded individual can see that the non-Jewish world will simply turn its back (yes, at an even far greater level than what it is now) on Israel if she stays on her current 'in your face' direction. Love, peace through strength, AND diplomacy.
StevieT ,   USA   (01.16.13)
30. ***Sarah*** at 22...I LOVE your latest attack
on Imam Obama...!!!!!!!! RIGHT ON TARGET !
Chris Rettenmoser ,   Bayerisch Gmain Germ   (01.16.13)
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