Obama Says Israeli Leader “Reminded Me” of Nelson Mandela

Obama Says Israeli Leader “Reminded Me” of Nelson Mandela
October 03 15:06 2016 Print This Article

Like Congressman John Lewis, President Barack Obama is appropriating the struggle of Africans for the benefit of white leaders.

Lewis staged a stunt on behalf of corporate Democrats in Congress and called it a sit-in. Now President Obama is denigrating the legacy of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela.

Speaking at the funeral of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres on Friday, Obama likened the former head of state to Nelson Mandela. This was a curious comparison, considering that Mandela and South Africans have far more in common with the oppressed Palestinians than the oppressive Israeli state and its leaders.

 

While Obama spoke glowingly of Peres, others had a different recollection.

From Counterpunch:

Although he is remembered for his ordering of the bombing of a UN shelter in the Lebanese village of Qana in 1996 – which killed and wounded hundreds of innocent people – the list of war crimes associated with his name is as long as his career. He remained, until the very end a staunch supporter of the Israeli right-wing government’s wars on Gaza and the perpetual siege on that impoverished, forsaken region.

Even some political observers in Israel have declared the country an apartheid state, while Secretary of State John Kerry was forced to walk back his comments likening Israel to an apartheid state. 

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44blue
44blue

Yvette, you're an amazing writer. Thank you for this forum.

VivaHabbitVanAssen
VivaHabbitVanAssen

This man is pure fool every time he open his mouth. Just because he suck up the to Israel there is no way that statement is truth.  He just needs to speak from himself and stop trying to speak for Mandela he gone.  

wiseoldsnail
wiseoldsnail

@VivaHabbitVanAssen israel is a criminal, and obama has, just like his predecessors, supported israel's criminal activity by providing drones and bombs for the incessant indiscriminate bombing of palestinian civilians . both clinton and trump would continue the same criminal activity

MorganaLeFay
MorganaLeFay

The issue is no way near that simple. Hamas were firing rockets indiscriminately into Israel, after which Israel responded in kind. The Palestinians in Gaza suffer disproportionately because of the densely populated area and aid money not being spent on defences. The key is, both need to find a resolution to this complex conflict: too many lives have been lost.

Terrell Williams
Terrell Williams

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romeoicq
romeoicq

reminds me  More of the Racist Apartheid leader The Clerck

MorganaLeFay
MorganaLeFay

I think that very few political leaders will survive the test when it comes to their foreign policy records. We are in an age of fashionable comparisons, with which I disagree. Peres should be judged on his own record.


I would, however, question some of the statements here:


1- "This was a curious comparison, considering that Mandela and South Africans have far more in common with the oppressed Palestinians than the oppressive Israeli state and its leaders."


In the case of the Israel-Palestine conflict, both sides are at fault for prolonging this conflict. It could and should have been on the path to ending at least 20 years ago.


2-"He remained, until the very end a staunch supporter of the Israeli right-wing government’s wars on Gaza and the perpetual siege on that impoverished, forsaken region."


I strongly disagree with the current blockade of Gaza, but part of the poverty comes from the financial corruption of Hamas.



wiseoldsnail
wiseoldsnail

@MorganaLeFay ah, so ... in your estimation, palestinians are occupying parts of israel, eh?  and imprisoning israeli children ... and using bulldozers to demolish israeli homes and orchards ... and using u.s. drones and munitions to indiscriminately bomb israeli civilians ... you're a joke 

MorganaLeFay
MorganaLeFay

@wiseoldsnail None of those conclusions were made in my original comment. What I did say is BOTH sides are responsible for prolonging this conflict, and that it could and should have been on its way to ending at least 20 years ago. The Palestinians have done things to damage their cause, just like the Israeli's. Indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel, terror attacks and continual refusal of peace offerings are no better than the Israeli side. 

AnthonyAllen
AnthonyAllen

Obama what a clown. Glad hes out. Pretending to be a black man for 8yrs.

Sean Higgins
Sean Higgins

Rich man walking.... Must have been all that cocaine he has been snorting.

Hudy Wiley
Hudy Wiley

I see. Wait. What do he really mean>

Barrett Corbin
Barrett Corbin

U will never be President of ANYTHING ; Outside your CIRCLE