Charles Krauthammer: What everyone missed about the president's Jerusalem trip

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  • tgurd Gonzales, LA
    April 7, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    I applaud Charles Krauthammer, not only for telling it like it is, but for his complete understanding of the situations. I don't agree on all things for sure however I do agree with his opinions of the President and of the congress, hes right on target. I wish more people would get away from the liberal news media (abc, nbc,msn,msnbc,abc)I have watched these spin drs and it disgusts me of the lies yes lies they spread and people believe it. IF you have never watched Fox news try it, no do I care for all of the shows, no some are so far right they should join the liberal media, however fair and balanced is one thing I will give them. THey have both the conservative and liberal point of view unlike the other stations that give only the liberal view.

    Look at where we are heading you listen to joe bidden talk of hundreds of thousands of jobs created and yet unemployment stay the same or drops .1% so why don't we see the jobs and all those things talked about by the administration?

  • UT Brit London, England
    April 1, 2013 11:57 a.m.


    "People in Israel have "turned the other cheek" enough in the past, only to have suicide bombers and rockets to negotiate with."

    During the past 5 years every Israeli person killed has resulted in 25 Palestinian deaths.
    I would hardly call that turning the other cheek.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    April 1, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    krauthammer has laid out the facts. The palistinians will not stop their hatred, jealousy, and war against Isreal until they "drive them into the sea" It is their on going and instilled hatred and lust for the kill that makes it impossible for serious and sane negotiations.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    April 1, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    “Israelis have forever wanted nothing more than peace and security for all the children”

    More and more conservatives are mirroring the “poor me” victim language that long been found only on the Left. The above quote is such a disingenuous example of this sad fact as to be laughable. C’mon Charles, man up!

    What Israelis have wanted from the start is a Jewish State, period. Lets at least be honest about that.

    Whether or not their desire and actions to obtain it have been justified is the real issue. Many in this country believe they have been for the simple reason that God gave this land to the Jews.

    I wonder how we (Americans) would feel if an extremely powerful group of, say, Vikings showed up one day on the shores of Rhode Island claiming that not only were they the first inhabitants of this land (we’ll ignore Native Americans for the moment), but possessed their own holy book backing up their claim… and then took it from us.

    I wonder if we would view them the same way Palestinians see the Israelis?

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    April 1, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    @the old switcheroo "Give Palestine the recognition of a state and then you can expect them to act like a state."

    I wish this were true. It wasn't true when Olmert offered it to them in 2008.

  • DougS Oakley, UT
    April 1, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    What did the Palistinians bring to the table for peace? How do you negotiate with a "no show"? If you were threatened with "extinction" as a peaceful settlement, how would you behave?

    The Muslim world is dedicated to the elimination of Israel. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and yes, Palistine, etal, are dedicated to that end. What "peace" does a terrorist call for?

    People in Israel have "turned the other cheek" enough in the past, only to have suicide bombers and rockets to negotiate with.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2013 6:45 p.m.

    It took courage for the President to be fair to all people in the area. Should we choose sides based on political contributions. This writer said Obama was leading form behind the week before he lead the assault on Bin Laden.

  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    March 31, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    Israel is simply not blameless. If Palestine took over 20 square miles of Jewish neighborhoods by force everyone including Israelis would conclude that it was wrong and "unhelpful" to peace. Duh.

    Israel is the recognized state on the world stage. Israel has the large modern military. Israel has the burden of acting like a modern state constrained to world laws. Give Palestine the recognition of a state and then you can expect them to act like a state.

    After all, what would the founding fathers of the US have been called by the British except "terrorists".

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    March 31, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    While Krauthammer is revealing the real intent of Obama's visit to Israel, what are we supposed to make of this new Israeli position?

    "We will keep building these settlements, despite everyone else in the world pleading with us to stop, but it's only because you won't forsake violence. Once we come up with a real peace, we'll help you demolish this ambitious building project."

    This just doesn't sound very credible, and pushing settlements out further against the wishes of every interested party, near & far, just doesn't seem like a good-faith action.

    It seems apparent that Israel has a long term strategy of expanding to fill the West Bank, and through a patient and corrosive strategy of building up of settlements, and renaming all the towns and landmarks with Hebrew names and ignoring the Arab names, that eventually the Palestinians will fade into Jordan.

    "It will be a joyous day when we can agree to peace, but in the meantime we're going to put your land to use". Come on. I'd be seriously interested in a convincing Israeli counter to what seems obvious, but I just don't think one exists.