Obama has destroyed this country’s relationship with Israel, a country that was once our closest ally. Is this the dumbest idea you’ve ever heard?
Both sides would benefit if Israel recognized it cannot permanently occupy Palestinian land and if Palestinians rejected incitement and recognized Israel’s legitimacy, US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.
“Surely Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel … (and if) Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land,” Obama said in his final address as president before the annual UN General Assembly.
Obama used his final UN address to hit out at the “crude populism” mushrooming in the United States and around the world.
Making the case for the success of liberal democracies, Obama admitted that a “course correction” was necessary while rejecting “crude populism.”
“As these real problems have been neglected, alternative visions of the world have pressed forward,” he said.
He accused Vladimir Putin’s Russia of trying to recover power through force, amid Moscow’s military involvement in Syria and Ukraine.
“In a world that left the age of empire behind, we see Russia attempting to recover lost glory through force,” Obama said.