Obama just told Israel to halt settlements, and at the same time told Palestinians to “increase[s] security.” I’m now curious about something — genuinely curious, not snarky: Prior to today, in his four months as President, has Obama told the Palestinians to stop killing Israelis?
I mean, telling Palestinians to “increas security” doesn’t have quite the same resonance, does it, as “stop launching rockets into Israel” or “stop teaching your people to slaughter Israelis and other Jews”? It seems to me that Obama’s demanding more of an Israeli quid, than he is a Palestinian pro quo.
Also, in my primitive little mind, continual efforts at slaughter are worse than adding on a rec room. Shouldn’t the former stop before the latter? And shouldn’t it stop for some finite period of time, rather than the indefinite one or two days that’s par for the Palestinian course?