To put the speech in it’s proper perspective, Bibi awards Obama a ‘badge of honor’ for it…
Now, as Ma’an reported…
Israeli press wary over Obama’s ‘Zionist’ UN speech
Israeli newspapers were unanimous Thursday in characterizing US President Barack Obama’s UN speech as hugely supportive of Israel, but some argued it was perhaps too much of a good thing.
“The American embrace” was the front-page headline of the Maariv daily, while the top-selling Yedioth Aharonoth took a similar line, summing up the impact of Obama’s remarks for Israel and the Palestinians as “The hug and the snub.”
“Obama not only adopted all of the Israeli arguments against recognising a Palestinian state by means of the UN, he adopted the basic Israeli narrative,” Yedioth said.
“It is no wonder that Abu Mazen, who sat in the auditorium during the speech, hung his head in his hands in disbelief and despair,” it said, using the nom-de-guerre of President Mahmoud Abbas.
Most papers made veiled reference to next year’s US presidential elections as a major factor in determining the tone and content of Obama’s address.
The right-leaning Jerusalem Post reprinted large chunks of his speech and, in a commentary entitled “Obama tells Israelis what they’ve been waiting to hear,” said it contained “a dose of empathy and understanding” which had been missing from his previous addresses.
“That is not an insignificant message,” the paper said.
U.S. Jews give Obama mixed reviews for ‘pro-Israel’ UN speech
AIPAC lauds U.S. President for seeing Israelis deserve ‘normal relations with their neighbors’; Americans for Peace Now: U.S. position as defender of rights cannot stand as Israeli-Palestinians conflict ‘left to fester’.
I think Laura Rozen best summed it up in a single tweet:
Worst month in US since Katrina? Feels like Obama has basically abdicated any moral authority on anything.
Truly a sad day for American Foreign Policy…