Thursday, June 4, 2009

Obama Seeks Common Cause With Muslim World

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Today President Barack Obama made his highly anticipated speech to the Muslim world in Cairo, Egypt. An Iranian cleric said that the speech was "an initial step for removing misconceptions." President Obama said the speech was about speaking the truth and "seeking a new beginning."

I believe it could be much more than that. You see during his speech President Obama called for a settlement freeze in the West Bank and for Israel to do their part in the creation of an independent Palestinian state. To his credit President Obama did say that the Palestinians must recognize Israel as a nation, but hasn't this been requested of the Palestinians for 60 years? Is this really that hard for the Palestinians if they are serious about peace?

I find it very frustrating that pressure from the US and the rest of the world continues to be applied to Israel for them to make progress towards a two state solution, when the Palestinians refuse to simply acknowledge that Israel has the right to exist. So why does our President continue to pressure Israel?

Sadly, it sounds to me that our President's "new beginning" is the beginning of the end of our steady relationship with Israel. The scriptures are very clear, according to Zechariah 12:3 that eventually all nations will be gathered against Israel.

Zechariah 12:3

"It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.

It looks like the US is starting to become one of these nations, and if we really are close to the return of Christ, then it wont be long until the US fully abandons Israel.

Stay Tuned



CAIRO – Invoking the Quran and his rarely used middle name, Barack Hussein Obama declared Thursday that America has a common cause with Islam and never will be at war with the faith — an overture intently watched by the Muslim world and welcomed in unlikely quarters. An Iranian cleric called the president's speech "an initial step for removing misconceptions."

Obama spoke at a seat of Islamic learning, his 55-minute address suffused with respect for touchstones of the religion. He said the time had come to "speak the truth" and "seek a new beginning."

"America and Islam are not exclusive," he said, "and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."

Obama made no specific references to his predecessor in the White House during his Cairo University speech, but others quickly did.

"There is a change between the language of President Obama and previous speeches made by George Bush," said Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas. But he added that Obama did not specifically note the suffering in Gaza following the three-week Israeli incursion earlier this year.

"So all we can say is that there is a difference in the statements, and the statements of today did not include a mechanism that can translate his wishes and views into actions," said Barhoum, whose group the U.S. considers a terrorist organization.

....The Israeli government issued a statement saying it, too, hoped for a new era. But it skirted any reference to Obama's calls for a settlement freeze in the West Bank and the creation of an independent Palestinian state — demands that Israel's hawkish prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, continues to reject.

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