US should speak against Israeli settlements in Palestine: A person who does not speak out against the wrong is a mute devil

Filed in Current affairs, foreign affairs, Justice, US foreign policy by on February 21, 2011 0 Comments

If you want justice, you must work for peace. The US has vetoed the U.N. resolution declaring Israeli settlements illegal. It is disappointing. President Obama is basically following the steps of George W. Bush regarding policy in the Middle East.

This unfortunate move sends the wrong message to the Arab world–especially the Palestinians–that the United States is a double-sided knife. One day they talk about an independent Palestian State, the next day they refuse to condemn a deliberate act of expropriation of Palestinian land. This move also means the end of peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian authorities. Like President Hosni Mubarak, President Abbas of Palestine is one of the rare leaders of the Arab world who are for peace with Israel. He should be rewarded for his efforts to give his people a better life.

Friendship between Israel and the United States should be frank, and a true friend should tell his friend when he is wrong. What we have seen are slow reactions by the Obama administration over the building of new settlements on Palestinian lands. Many Arab states criticize the US for its foreign policy. When Israel is wrong, the US should speak loudly and condemn their actions. As the Bedouin of Egypt say, “A person who does not speak out against the wrong is a mute devil.”

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