Some tough criticism of Israel today (finally):A wakeup call for Israel.“But the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, their right to justice, must also be recognized. Put yourself in their shoes. Look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own, living their entire lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of their parents every single day. It is not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished. It is not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands, or restricting a student’s ability to move around the West Bank, or displacing Palestinian families from their homes. Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer. Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land.”
Will it soften Israeli rejectionism though? Will they let up on the issues Obama talks about: notably freedom of movement, expulsions of Palestinians, and settlement expansion as well as negotiations?
Palestinians shouldn't have to wait hours at IDF checkpoints to move around the Occupied West Bank. It is especially wrong to force pregnant women to do so. Without freedom of movement, the Palestinian economy cannot grow, which means a failed state and more recruits for Hamas. Israel is shooting itself in the foot.