While several Republicans who are potential opponents for Obama in the 2012 presidential race criticized his speech last Thursday on US Mideast Policy calling it ” insufficiently dedicated to Israel’s security”, former Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora said he was disappointed in Obama’s speech for completely opposite reasons.
“There were expectations that during his speech, he will address a specific mechanism to find a just, final solution to the Arab-Israeli struggle and the Palestinian cause, particularly in issues related to the Palestinians’ right of return.” Siniora said in a statement issued by his press office on Sunday commenting on president Barack Obama’s speech
Commenting on Obama’s speech former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said
“Insistence on a return to the 1967 border is a mistaken and very dangerous demand.”
“President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus,” former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said in a statement.
Obama told the nation’s largest pro-Israel lobby yesterday that the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security is “ironclad” and he will block any moves that would undermine it.
Obama repeated that the template for an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians should use the 1967 borders as a starting point in peace talks.
“This basic framework for negotiations has long been the basis for discussions among the parties, including previous U.S. administrations,” Obama said in an address Saturday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington.
One analyst commented about Obama’s speech by saying : “Poor Obama he cannot seem to grasp the point that the US, just like Palestine is an Israeli occupied territory. He added : All the presidential candidates care more about pleasing Israel and its US lobby than the whole country. “