Bush […] “He’s the biggest enemy of the Palestinians and all Arabs and Muslims.”
“Hamas … the Palestinian people do not expect a single thing from this visit, considering American policies completely favor the Israelis.”
“You killer of children, go. You are not welcome in the Holy Land,”
“Bush has proclaimed his intention to contain … Iran. In reality he wants to modify priorities in the Middle East and erase the consequences of Israeli aggression,” said the official Syrian newspaper Tishrin.”
This is the kind of sentiment that awaits US President, G W Bush, as he begins his tour of the Middle East region. Where the Israelis and the Palestinians are concerned, there is certainly no hope of anything positive developing in terms of ending the conflict.
As long as the Palestinians have yet to give up on their dream of “greater Palestine”, the Israeli parliament and the people will be in no mood to give any kind of support to anything PM Ehud Olmert agrees to. There are no signs of anything good coming out of a Bush visit to both Israel and the PA. Perhaps the only positive thing of the visit, is Bush’s refusal to stop at Arafat’s grave. Yes, Ol’ Stinky will not be receiving a visit from Bush, the boycott is still on.
I would hope that if anything positive can be done during his visit, it’s in the realm of convincing the Arabs in the region that the US will not allow for a nuclear Iran. Perhaps getting an Arab embargo on refining Iranian oil into gasoline would be one smart objective. A very large percentage of Iran’s gasoline is refined by its neighboring states, and an Arab embargo would deeply cut into its supply. *L* KGS
Update: Tundra Tabloid commentator TINSC adds:
None of the Arabs’ negative comments toward President Bush will prevent our President from practicing denial. The President will go to Israel and proclaim that in this atmosphere of anti-Semitic hostility and conspiracy mongering, there nonetheless is a big “opportunity for peace”.
No such opportunity exists. Rather, there is further opportunity to wrestle more Israeli territorial and political concessions to the Arabs with absolutely nothing returned.
Fortunately, the Arabs have made this point clear to President Bush by firing rockets and morter rounds into Israel. Maybe one will land close enough to President Bush that he will feel what it’s like to live that way. I doubt he would never tolerate anyone doing that to the United States.
This President, often called “the best friend Israel has ever had in the White House” needs to start making demands of Arabs. When he does, the media needs to report those demands.