Hudson NY – By Alan M. Dershowitz
…The draft constitution for the new state of Palestine declares that “Islam is the official religion in Palestine.” It also states that Sharia Law will be “the major source of legislation.” It is ironic that the same Palestinian leadership which supports these concepts for Palestine refuses to acknowledge that Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people. Israel, in contrast to the proposed Palestinian state, does not have an official state religion.
Although it is a Jewish state, that description is not a religious one but rather a national one. It accords equal rights to Islam, Christianity and all other religions, as well as to atheists and agnostics. Indeed, a very high proportion of Israelis describe themselves as secular.
The new Palestinian state would prohibit any Jews from being citizens, from owning land or from even living in the Muslim state of Palestine…
US Republican candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry said Tuesday that US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy was “naive, arrogant, misguided, and dangerous,” and encouraged the Palestinian Authority to petition the UN for statehood recognition.
Speaking at a meeting of American and Israeli-Jewish leaders in New York, Perry said he was “indignant of the Obama administration and their Middle East policy of appeasement that has encouraged such an ominous act of bad faith.”
The Republican candidate criticized what he said was Obama policy of “moral equivalency” which gave “equal standing to grievances of Israelis and Palestinians – including the orchestrators of terrorism,” adding that “America should not be ambivalent of Hamas and the security tactics of the legitimate and free state of Israel.”
“PROVEN LEADERSHIP” – PERRY’S NEW AD: Rick Perry’s campaign is launching an epic new bio spot today. The first 40 seconds attack “PRESIDENT ZERO,” juxtaposing eerie images of national stagnation with footage of Barack Obama taking responsibility for the economy. A tornado siren playing over the president’s voice creates a palpable sense of alarm. The last minute of the web ad introduces Perry as a job creator and veteran who believes America’s best days are ahead, rotating sunny images of the country at its best with footage from the Texas governor’s announcement speech. Lucas Baiano, who produced the spot, has signed on with Perry after working for Tim Pawlenty. Politico – By JAMES HOHMANN
The Daily Beast
Despite Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu’s furious reaction to Barack Obama’s call for a return to pre-1967 borders between Israel and Palestine during his Middle East speech Thursday, the president reiterated his position Sunday in remarks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the nation’s foremost pro-Israel lobbying group.
“I said that the United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine,” said Obama.
“The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”
The president further emphasized that “1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps” means Israel and Palestine “will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967. New York Times May 22, 2011