US: Yes we can but no you can't.

DAN-CHYI CHUA
Feb 19, 2011
*Special to asia!

The doublespeak of the Obama administration deals a slap in the face for the Palestinians and the UN resolution condemning Israel. What a shame.

Lieberman's extreme-right wing nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party takes a hardline against the Palestinians and firmly endorses construction in the settlements, and holds considerable sway in Netanyahu's coalition government. Perhaps the Russians can have better luck than Netanyahu in getting Lieberman and gang to acquiesce to stopping construction in the settlements.

That would be a victory that has eluded the US thus far.

Whether or not it happens, it will be noted today that President Obama squandered a chance to lead and stand up for what he claims to believe in, again.

Yes, we can criticise Israeli settlements as illegitimate, but no, you can't.

That seems to be his message to the rest of the world.

What a shame. Especially when there are a lot of angry people in that region screaming for justice these days.

dan-chyi chua

Dan-Chyi Chua was a broadcast journalist, before forsaking Goggle Box Glitz for the Open Road. A three-year foray led her through the Middle East, China, SE Asia, Latin America and Cuba, and she's now grounded herself as a writer for theasiamag.com, content with spending her days in Jerusalem.

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