Just days after his speech on the Middle East followed by the chilly reception with Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Obama gave a speech at AIPAC today.
We've seen him do this before. He gave a speech about abortion at Notre Dame and one about corporate responsibility at the Chamber of Commerce. Its called stepping into the fire. And every time he's stated his positions fearlessly without demonizing his opponents.
Today was no exception.
I didn't expect anything good to come out of President Barack Obama's AIPAC speech today. I was wrong.
The President strongly endorsed "two states for two peoples" and explained to a skeptical crowd that the status quo is Israel's worst enemy.
Politely and nicely, he stuck it to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu by explaining that Bibi's faux-outrage over the '67 lines is utterly bogus...
And AIPAC applauded. Strongly.
The President did a masterful job. The neocons are outraged. And I expect that Netanyahu, seeing AIPAC's reaction to their President, will cut his losses and back down.
Bravo, Mr. President. You even brought out the best in AIPAC.
You gave us all -- Americans, Israelis, Palestinians -- reason for hope.
No need for chest-thumping when you regularly display courage like that.