I am glad to hear that Obama supports Israel and wants Israelis to live in security. Me too.
But I’m sad to hear this former proponent of fresh thinking promising to keep Israel secure by making sure it has the most advanced weapons. Israel has plenty of those already, and they have not brought security.
I’m also startled to hear Obama’s sabre-rattling at Iran. One of the nightmares of American liberals has been that George Bush might follow up the invasion of Iraq by attacking Iran. Now it seems as if Obama would be just as likely to bring this nightmare about.
I would have been happier to hear Obama promise support to the many grassroots groups that are working to bring Israelis and Palestinians together in dialogue; to peace education; and to serious negotiation over the bitter issues at stake.