What can I say? President Bush should be ashamed of himself.
He has just sold out all the Jewish Republicans. I switched parties for this man, and he has betrayed ME and EVERY JEW who has been loyal to the Republican party and intended to donate, vote, or volunteer for the GOP this election year.
What a disaster!
What is even more distressing, is that, as the "elder statesman" of the party, he has just set the agenda of the Republican party for the next election year. He has said, in effect: "We don't care about Republican Jews--we are going after the secular Jewish vote. Your loyalty means NOTHING to us. We spit on you, and we know you will support us anyway."
What he doesn't seem to realize is that the secular Jews won't vote Republican even if Bush, himself, personally pushes Israel into the sea. He also won't get the arab vote, and he certainly won't get any loyalty or even positive press from the Arabs. He probably means to boost Abbas, but ANY blessing from America is a curse to Abbas. Abbas doesn't want Bush's blessing, he wants my tax money to buy more weapons to kill Jews. This is about money, Mr. Bush. The PA doesn't want a country, they want a continuous and indefined war through which they can solicit money from arab countries, the EU, and the US.
Mr. Bush's words will not lead to peace. Mr. Bush's words will lead to more violence and more terror against Jews in Israel and beyond because he has just given the arab terrorists permission to attack Jews in the "occupied Palestine" of Bush's twisted world. He has also given permission for the Israeli Government to begin destroying Jewish communities in the name of "peace."
Get ready everyone, here comes the Israeli Government Pogroms once again!
At best he has just secured war, not peace.
The only way we can reward this man for his horrible display of disloyalty to us is to make sure that we withhold our support for the Republican Party this election year until and unless the party can somehow assure us that Jerusalem is not on the table, Judea and Samaria are safe, and there is a real commitment on the part of the administration to fighting terrorism--including cutting off these murderous arabs from all financial and technological assistance.
There is a reason Hashm has made it is difficult for many of us to leave Galut--and I think that we must use our influence at this time to change the course of this failed leader and his lap-dog Condi.
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE
ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE PROCESS
THE WHITE HOUSE
ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE PROCESS
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release January 10, 2008
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
ON THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE PROCESS
King David Hotel
5:27 P.M. (LOCAL)
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. I'd like to, first, thank Prime Minister Olmert and President Abbas for their hospitality during my trip here to the Holy Land. We had very good meetings, and now is the time to make difficult choices.
I underscored to both Prime Minister Olmert and President Abbas that progress needs to be made on four parallel tracks. First, both sides need to fulfill their commitments under the road map. Second, the Palestinians need to build their economy and their political and security institutions. And to do that, they need the help of Israel, the region, and the international community. Third, I reiterate my appreciation for the Arab League peace initiative, and I call upon the Arab countries to reach out to Israel, a step that is long overdue.
In addition to these three tracks, both sides are getting down to the business of negotiating. I called upon both leaders to make sure their teams negotiate seriously, starting right now. I strongly supported the decision of the two leaders to continue their regular summit meetings, because they are the ones who can, and must, and -- I am convinced -- will lead.
I share with these two leaders the vision of two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. Both of these leaders believe that the outcome is in the interest of their peoples and are determined to arrive at a negotiated solution to achieve it.
The point of departure for permanent status negotiations to realize this vision seems clear: There should be an end to the occupation that began in 1967. The agreement must establish Palestine as a homeland for the Palestinian people, just as Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people. These negotiations must ensure that Israel has secure, recognized, and defensible borders. And they must ensure that the state of Palestine is viable, contiguous, sovereign, and independent.
It is vital that each side understands that satisfying the other's fundamental objectives is key to a successful agreement. Security for Israel and viability for the Palestinian state are in the mutual interests of both parties.
Achieving an agreement will require painful political concessions by both sides. While territory is an issue for both parties to decide, I believe that any peace agreement between them will require mutually agreed adjustments to the armistice lines of 1949 to reflect current realities and to ensure that the Palestinian state is viable and contiguous. I believe we need to look to the establishment of a Palestinian state and new international mechanisms, including compensation, to resolve the refugee issue.
I reaffirm to each leader that implementation of any agreement is subject to implementation of the road map. Neither party should undertake any activity that contravenes road map obligations or prejudices the final status negotiations. On the Israeli side that includes ending settlement expansion and removing unauthorized outposts. On the Palestinian side that includes confronting terrorists and dismantling terrorist infrastructure.
I know Jerusalem is a tough issue. Both sides have deeply felt political and religious concerns. I fully understand that finding a solution to this issue will be one of the most difficult challenges on the road to peace, but that is the road we have chosen to walk.
Security is fundamental. No agreement and no Palestinian state will be born of terror. I reaffirm America's steadfast commitment to Israel's security.
The establishment of the state of Palestinian is long overdue. The Palestinian people deserve it. And it will enhance the stability of the region, and it will contribute to the security of the people of Israel. The peace agreement should happen, and can happen, by the end of this year. I know each leaders shares that important goal, and I am committed to doing all I can to achieve it.