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Obama reaches out to Iran – disgrace

Posted in Arabs, Bible, Christianity, Hate, Islam, Israel, Israeli, Jewish History, Middle East, News, Uncategorized, World News with tags , , , , , on April 15, 2009 by Michael Burks

The message is a dramatic shift in tone from that of the Bush administration, which included Iran, along with North Korea and Iraq, in an “axis of evil.” It also echoes Obama’s inaugural speech, in which he said to the Muslim world, “we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”

In Friday’s video, Obama said: “The United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations. You have that right, but it comes with real responsibilities. And that place cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions that demonstrate the true greatness of the Iranian people and civilization.”

There was no immediate response from Tehran to Obama’s message, but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said last month that his country would welcome talks with the United States “in a fair atmosphere with mutual respect.”

The United States, several European nations and Israel suspect that Tehran has been trying to acquire the capacity to build nuclear weapons, but Iran says its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.

Last month, the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security released a report saying that Iran has reached “nuclear weapons breakout capability” — it has enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb.

Israelis, Palestinians hand Obama first challenge

Posted in Christianity, Islam, Israel, Israeli, Jewish History, Middle East, News with tags , , , on January 20, 2009 by Michael Burks

JERUSALEM: It’s only inauguration day, but Israelis and Palestinians have already handed President Barack Obama his first international powder keg.

In Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, people are now waiting to see how the new U.S. leader handles it with differing degrees of cynicism, suspicion and hope.

Seemingly timing its withdrawal to Tuesday’s inauguration, Israel has already pulled most of its troops out of the ravaged Gaza Strip after a deadly three-week offensive aimed at halting years of militant rocket fire. But the crisis is not over, with reports of shooting along the border, and with Israeli soldiers poised to resume the assault if Gaza militants break a fragile two-day-old cease-fire.

As Americans gathered in Washington, D.C, to celebrate the beginning of Obama’s term, Gazans continued to pull their dead from the rubble. Across the region, rage at Israel has grown with a Palestinian death toll that Gaza health officials and the U.N. say has inched over 1,300, at least half of them civilians. Thirteen Israelis were also killed during the offensive.

Palestinians largely see the U.S. as tilted unfairly toward Israel, and many remain pessimistic about the new administration.

Saudi lashes out at Israel on Gaza, begs Obama to step in

Posted in Christianity, Jewish History, Religion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 12, 2009 by Michael Burks

RIYADH, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia accused Israel on Monday of “racist extermination” in its attack on Gaza and expressed hope that incoming U.S. president Barack Obama would work to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“The cabinet said the extermination Israel is launching upon the Palestinian people in Gaza has denuded Israeli leaders of humanity and places their policies in the ranks of racist extermination,” said a statement carried by the state news agency SPA.

“The cabinet expressed its optimism over the statements of president-elect Barack Obama concerning how affected he was by the humanitarian tragedy in Gaza, and his intention to move in an immediate and orderly fashion towards finding a fair resolution of the Palestinian question.”

Medical officials said the Palestinian death toll in Israeli offensive, which began on Dec. 27, had risen past 900 and included at least 380 civilians. Israel says 13 Israelis have died — three civilians hit by rockets and 10 soldiers.

Obama said on Sunday the deaths of civilians in the fighting were “heartbreaking”, and that his administration would act immediately as a third party that wants to see a fair resolution to the historic conflict.

The Saudi statement said that the cabinet “looks forward to an incoming American administration that is more serious, objective and independent in dealing with the Palestinian issue”, SPA said.

Arab governments have long complained that U.S. administrations lean towards Israel in the conflict.

Saudi Arabia has organised an aid campaign for Palestinians that has gathered over 100 million riyals ($27 million), as the government tries to respond to popular anger over the offensive while preventing street protests.

The Saudi government has refrained from explicitly blaming Hamas for the Israeli offensive, but some writers in Saudi media have attacked Hamas for aligning itself with Shi’ite power Iran. (Editing by Kevin Liffey)