Obama's long journey on the road to Zionism

When it comes to U.S.-Israel relations, this was a "new" Obama -- both in style and substance -- who addressed world leaders in the UN General Assembly in New York. Gone was the "old" Obama's 2009 Cairo speech, in which he justified Jewish claims to statehood in the Holy Land merely on the basis of European atonement for centuries of persecution culminating in the Holocaust -- a formulation that Iranian President Ahmadinejad also uses when he slams Europeans for dumping Jewish survivors and newcomers on land belonging to indigenous Muslims. This time, the "new" Obama traced Jewish sovereignty back 3,000 years to the Jews' "historic homeland."  This muffles his pronouncements in May that Israel should withdraw to the 1967 lines, with a few land swaps.  In contrast, Israel's "historic homeland" encompasses land that stretches far beyond the 1967 line -- land that includes places like Jerusalem's Old City, the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, Hebron, and other biblical...(Read Full Post)