It is ironic that Arabs are fighting for freedom across the region, but the Palestinians continue to tolerate a leadership that denies them freedom of speech, religion, assembly, and the press and denies rights to women and gays. Rather than demanding that these leaders negotiate peace with an Israeli government that has repeatedly called for talks without preconditions, the Palestinian people support hapless figureheads who still believe they can bomb Israel out of existence or who think they can win independence by asking the international community to recognize a non-existent state in lieu of negotiations.(...)
The Palestinians want attention; they should get it. The president should be clear and unequivocal, something he has had trouble doing both with the Israel-Palestinian conflict and the turmoil in the rest of the region. He should declare that the obstacle to peace is a Palestinian leadership that is undemocratic and represses its people, that refuses to compromise or negotiate, that is unwilling to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish democratic state and that engages in incitement and terror that is perpetuating the conflict. Like the other despotic leaders in the region, they must either change or they must go.
Mitchell Bard is right here: Instead of being ignorant to Palestinian regimes which support terror and opress their own people, Obama (and in my opinion as well Europe) should stand behind those Palestinians who seek liberty, freedom, prosperity and peace.