Saturday, August 10, 2013

Strange Obama Priorities? Why Pick on Israel?

When I saw this cartoon, I knew that I just had to blog it:

Why is "making peace between Israel and the Arabs" in the Middle East so important?  How many people die from the status quo every week or everyday? 

I just checked out two international news sites to see what the headlines are in their Middle East page.

Fox News
Officials: Wave of bombings in Iraq kills 33
Syria's Muslim Brotherhood faces uphill battle
Iraqi Kurdish leader vows to defend Kurds in Syria
Bomb near park in central Iraq kills 4
Activists: 20 people killed in Syrian air raid
And finally the first mention of Israel... Sinai group says it was target of Israeli drone

 Feature story is Settlement plan casts shadow on talks
  • Syrian airstrikes kill 20, group says
  •  Rains in Afghanistan kill 13
  • US to reopen all but one post closed due to al Qaeda threat
  • Gunmen kidnap Turkish pilots in Lebanon
  • Yemen: More suspected militants killed
  • Saudi Arabia arrests 2 on terror charges
  • Did U.S. alert help or hinder militants?
  • Iranian leader: Open to nuclear talks | Old guard back in charge?
  • McCain calls ouster of Egyptian president a 'coup'

  • Do you see any real urgency here to send United States Secretary of State John Kerry shuttling back and forth between Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah? 

    Remember that cartoon is in the International Herald Tribune aka the New York Times.  The op-eds and editorials are Leftist and pro-Democrat, but even thy are seeing Obama for what he really is and using him at the butt of jokes
    Obama was joked about in 288 monologues on late night television, over twice as many as Weiner, who came in second with 120 jokes, according to a Center for Media and Public Affairs study on late night jokes between January 1 and June 30.
    Five late night talk show hosts were examined for the study: Jay Leno, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel. Among them, Letterman was the only one to tell more jokes about Republicans (139) than Democrats (102). Fallon, on the other hand, had the highest Democrat (240) to Republican (76) joke ratio.
    Here is a sample of some of jokes, provided courtesy of CMPA:
    I was going to start off tonight with an Obama joke, but I don't want to get audited by the IRS, so forget that. – Leno
    A lot of critics are now comparing President Obama to President Nixon. The good news for Obama? At least he's no longer being compared to President Carter. – Leno
    Joe Biden said that some people buy guns because owning one feels like driving a Ferrari. At which point, Obama was like, "stop helping." – Fallon
    Polls indicate that the American public actually misses George W. Bush … Let's see, two wars, an economic collapse and mortgage crisis. Ah it's hard not to be nostalgic. Those were the days! – Letterman

    I guess it doesn't bother Obama all that much.  He's in his second term and according to the United States Constitution, that's his last one.  So he's having the last laugh unfortunately.


    Anonymous said...
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, 63, underwent umbilical hernia surgery at Hadassah Ain Karem hospital, Jerusalem Saturday night, Aug. 10, after he complained of abdominal pain. The procedure required general anesthetic. The prime minister might be discharged Sunday afternoon. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was meanwhile appointed acting prime minister.
    The regular cabinet meeting Sunday scheduled to have finalized the first stage of the release of Palestinian security prisoners to foster peace talks was postponed. A ministerial committee meets insead later Sunday to approve the release, chaired by Yaalon.
    This would pave the way for a second round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations scheduled to take place on Wednesday in Jerusalem.
    The chief surgeon operating on Netanyahu was Professor Aviram Nissan, head of the surgical department at Hadassah Ein Kerem, together with Prof. Aryeh Dorset, senior surgeon. Special security measures were laid on in the department and around the hospital.

    Anonymous said...

    batya, i was thinking a long time before i thought of penning my feelings down on this issue. whenever i wish to write about anything dealing with torah or the j people i always run thro my mind the words, yaacov prayed, to bless those who bless israel and the opposite to those who curse.
    i read in the arutz sheva today.

    "Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Saturday compared Israelis who criticize him to “schnauzers who were left out in the rain.”

    wikipedia: schnauzers--
    A schnauzer /ˈʃnaʊzər/ (German: [ˈʃnaʊtsɐ], plural Schnauzer) is a dog breed that originated in Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries.[1] The term comes from the German word for "mustache",[2] because of the dog's distinctively bearded snout.[3] Although the schnauzer is considered a terrier-type dog, they do not have the typical terrier temperament.

    words fail me batya. i always felt that jews with their beards, curls at the side, the black clothing and all makes them very distinct, a people apart from all of us and yet who help us when we need.
    i feel a person need not be religious to be well mannered. Hashem has given us all basic human values. people of all faiths all over the world will be reading this comment. i would not write like this even of my worst enemy. its all so sad batya. so sad.

    Batya said...

    10, there's more to Judaism than kosher food and Shabbat. There are laws governing how people are to treat others.

    Shy Guy said...

    This is why

    Anonymous said...

    true batya. perhaps the last few lines i did not word them well. what i meant was, even if one was not religious, basic human and moral values which is in every one of us, should refrain us from making such derogatory remarks.its so sad. and coming from a fellow j to another, in this auspcious month of elul

    Batya said...

    Shy, perfect explanation
    10, yes, thanks