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Obama’s speech had factual ommissions

June 29, 2009

11 June 09

Sun-Sentinel

Obama‘s speech in Cairo good for U.S.-Muslim relations,” by a local director of the American Jewish Committee, did not represent this Jew’s appreciation for what was contained in this lengthy talk.

The AJC spokesperson selectively hunted through the speech in order to extract the portions that he quoted, heaping glowing praise on the president, stating, “President Obama spoke the truth with a clear, unwavering voice.” There were many truths in his speech, in addition to many historical and factual omissions.

The president spoke of the Palestinians having “endured the pain of dislocation,” that they wait in refugee camps “for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead.” He spoke of their humiliation and displacement brought on by Israel’s founding. Does he mean that Israel is the culprit in this situation?

Is he not aware of neighboring Muslim nations keeping these people in squalor for decades, purposefully as anti-Israel public relations hostages? He received a rousing ovation at this comment from the Muslim audience. Perhaps from the AJC, as well.

Is this president not aware of the United Nations having created individual states, side by side, Jewish and Arab, in 1947?

Is he not aware that Egypt was one of many Muslim nations to have attacked Israel in 1948, 1967 and in 1973, with the goal of eradicating the Jewish state?

Is he not aware that these attacking countries called for Palestinian Arabs to flee the fledgling Jewish state in order to clear the way for the Arab victory that would enable them to return to their homes after all Jews had been slain?

Is our president not aware that Israel, in an act of good faith after the 1967 Six-Day War, initiated by Egypt, among other Muslim states, graciously returned the Sinai, together with its Israeli constructed and operating oil fields, to Egypt?

Why couldn’t President Obama tell the Egyptians a bit of real Palestinian-Egyptian history to complement his Israel-bashing about the pain and suffering of the Palestinians? A true teacher covers the entire realm of an era. However, Obama glossed over facts that would not have been too well accepted by his audience. That did not go over well with me.

Alan Bergstein is a resident of Boca Raton.

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