No Shortcut

The BBC has a dilemma. Their beloved Obama has made a difficult speech. “There is no Shortcut to Peace”

“Let’s be honest: Israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it. Israel’s citizens have been killed by rockets fired at their houses and suicide bombs on their buses. Israel’s children come of age knowing that throughout the region, other children are taught to hate them,”

Obama said.

“Israel, a small country of less than 8 million people, looks out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off of the map. The Jewish people carry the burden of centuries of exile, persecution, and the fresh memory of knowing that 6 million people were killed simply because of who they were.”

These facts cannot be denied. The Jewish people have forged a successful state in their historic homeland. Israel deserves recognition,” Obama said. “It deserves normal relations with its neighbors. And friends of the Palestinians do them no favors by ignoring this truth, just as friends of Israel must recognize the need to pursue a two-state solution, with a secure Israel next to an independent Palestine.”

The Guardian has decided that Obama is electioneering, and his only reason for sounding pro Israel is our old friend the Jewish Lobby.

Jeremy Bowen agrees:

The president’s speech was as much about the politics of his own re-election bid next year as it was about the politics of making peace.

Read his analysis, and despair.

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26 Responses to No Shortcut

  1. Jeremy Clarke says:

    Why doesn’t Bowen just say those two little words, ‘Jewish’ and ‘lobby’?

    I would be interested to see which issues will dictate how Americans vote next year. I strongly suspect the economy, stupid, is the chief driver, with healthcare, security and immigration near the top of the list. I imagine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is further down the pecking order.

    Kudos to the BBC, however, for offering an eminently sensible Israeli viewpoint.


    • john in cheshire says:

      Their Israeli viewpoint is, as you say, eminently sensible. But, I can’t assign kudos to the bbc for doing, for once, what it should be doing all the time. Maybe, the day the bbc countenance the removal of all arabs from the area known as Palestine, so that the Jews can occupy the land that they had been assigned, is the day I’ll have a good word to say about them (the bbc, that is).


      • Jeremy Clarke says:

        “But, I can’t assign kudos to the bbc for doing, for once, what it should be doing all the time.”

        You’re right, JiC. But it’s a wholesale improvement on articles sneering at “slightly over-familiar” Jewish kids for having to cheek to use Hebrew place-names.


    • Deborah says:

      Frie on channel 4 did exactly that – explained last night that the only reason Obama was opposing the Palestinian vote at the UN was due to the Jewish lobby in Florida, it being an election year next year.


  2. Umbongo says:

    In, what, 150 words Bowen disembowelled – again – his claim to “impartiality” let alone any intellectual analytical ability.  Shame, because the article itself was a fairly straightforward report of the present position.  The only thing Bowen’s “analysis” omitted was a Der Stürmer cartoon portraying an American Jew with $s falling out of every pocket, raping an Arab woman while kicking a Palestinian child in the face and putting his “X” against the Tea Party candidate on a voting paper.  Worse than Bowen’s contribution though was the endless stream of ill-informed garbage in the comment section of the report.


    • sue says:

      This pearl of wisdom, by nonamei
      “What I’m confused about (may be some one can help me out here) is what is so wrong with Palestine becoming an internationally recognised State? Why are many of the world leaders against it? Is there a good reason why the Palestinians shouldn’t have a state? They’re all waffling about this and that but I haven’t heard one good reason yet!”
      has the honour of being Editor’s Pick!
      The editor is a silly billy. Nonamei is complaining about poor reporting, whether he realises it or not.
      Why do the BBC publish this semi literate drivel? The article was supposed to be a news item, wasn’t it? What does the opinion of assorted cretins and bigots add to the mix? All it does is showcase the woeful inadequacy of the BBC’s efforts to educate inform and entertain.


      • My Site (click to edit) says:

        Don’t for get ‘re-educate’.

        ‘The editor is a silly billy’

        That… is priceless.

        And Editor’s Picks are just the latest in a set of risible moves by a doomed entity to shore up its blown cred.

        On a few blogs a few ‘regulars’ who didn’t want to rock any boats are kicking up for blatant censorship using catch-all house rules. 

        ‘First they came…’

        And the BBC is the one first in line with some very old, discreditted but returning techniques from a bad point in history.

        And those that should be on point are sleepwalking us all into it.


      • Umbongo says:

        Good point sue.  The irony of having that comment as the Editor’s Pick is beyond the comprehension of the group-thinkers who man the BBC’s memory holes.


      • Mailman says:

        The Palestinians already have a Palestinian state…its called Jordan.



        • NotaSheep says:

          Jordan a country built entirely on land promised to Israel and taken to give to Palestinians. Yet the Palestinians want more? They will always want more as they do not want any Jews in the area.


  3. Alfie Pacino says:

    Jeremy Bowen is a piece of work, isn’t he? That analysis tries to bundle every middle east story over the past three months and point to hypocrisy on the part of the USA for standing up to the Palestinians trying to pull a fast one at the UN.
    What the piece illustrates is how anti-semitic Bowen really is.


  4. Phil says:

    Bowen’s obvious disappointment when he read these words on TV is truly pathetic.

    He and his fellow BBC pals were getting so excited about the UN seat for Palestine.

    If the BBC’s news staff really were any good at analysis they’d have known full well that the US would wade in with a dose of reality sooner or later.

    However, they were gripped in a mini-version of the clueless excitement of the kind that made them worship Obama so unconditionally in the first place.

    Their alleged analysis would shame a firebrand sixth form public school revolutionary.


  5. David Preiser (USA) says:

    So the President said that the Muslim countries want to wipe Israel off the map just to please the voters?

    No more proof is needed to state uncategorically that Jeremy Bowen either doesn’t believe all the calls for the destruction of Israel, or actually shares that goal.  Which is it?  Either way, the answer isn’t a good one.

    The title of Middle East editor is inaccurate.  Bowen is the Palestinian editor, and nothing more.


    • My Site (click to edit) says:

      Bowen is the Richard Black of the ME desk.

      And while both are dangerous, Bowen’s impact is clear and present with lives at stake.

      But I can see he has some reasons for his blinkered hate. There is simply no excuse. Especially from those keeping him in his role of ember-fanner in cheif in a poweder keg situation.


    • jarwill101 says:

        It has been apparent for years that Bowen is so Arabised, so prejudiced, as to render him unfit for purpose as Middle East Editor. He is not in the ‘middle’, for whatever reason, but firmly established on the Palestinian side.
        From that position he is blinded to/unwilling to report the fact of the Arab world’s disinterest in the Palestinians as human beings, but rather a falsely emotive ploy to entrance the likes of the Western left, & justify a coalition of Hizbollah/al Quaeda/Muslim Brotherhood with their avowed target of Israel’s destruction. His persistently biased advocacy is a dereliction of duty to those who pay his wages, &, I would say, a gross perversion of the truth that actually stirs up anti-Israel feeling amongst the impressionable. Imagine if his position was suddenly reversed & he began to turn on Palestinians. His bosses would move so fast he’d be reading the weather forecast on BBCShetland in a week. But sadly, in Beeboida, his opinions are sanctioned by those who have the power to remove him & his incessant propagandising from our eardrums.


  6. As I See It says:

    It is hilarious to see the way the Beeboids are squirming over this
    issue : ‘Palestinians v Obama’

    Commenter ‘Martin81’ just about sums it up…..

    ‘I’m a big fan of barack Obama but this kind of makes me not like him.’

    Out of the mouths of babes….!


  7. pounce_uk says:

    The bBC view point is that Israel bad, anybody who supports Israel is bad and that Pals can only be the victims. Which is why they didn’t bother their arse with the fogel murders just as they ahven’t bothered their arse reporting this story of how a 20 month old child was hit in the face by a brick by a peace loving…Arab. Now imagine the outcry from the bBC if the stone thrower had been knocked down by the car driver as the driver tried to drive away from a mob after his blood


  8. ltwf1964 says:

    Jeremy Bowen

    jew hater extraordinaire

    he never will “forgive” Israel for blowing up the car his pally mate was driving


    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      That’s another reason Bowen shouldn’t even have this assignment.  He’s compromised, with a personal interest.  I don’t understand why the BBC allows it, unless they simply don’t care.


  9. Millie Tant says:

    Will the Beeboid Corporation feature this faux pas by its hero and use it to portray him as inept, ignorant, uncultured or a “me, me, me” egomaniac?

    Photobomb! Obama’s friendly wave hijacks group picture at U.N. photocall

    It’s a prank favoured by kids and college students but today President Obama was an unwitting culprit.
    He committed the ultimate photographic faux pas while posing for pictures with other leaders during the Open Government Partnership event at the United Nations, accidentally blocking the face of the man to his right while waving.

    Read more:


  10. George R says:

    INBBC’s politically symbiotic relationsip with AL JAZEERA.

    This won’t stop INBBC remaining politically close to anti-Israel, Islamic TV broadcaster AL JAZEERA:

    “Al-Jazeera boss Wadah Khanfar steps down”

    Of course, the ex-Beeboids who are partial to Al Jazeera’s anti-Israel, Islamophilic propaganda feel politically at home there, including these three directors of Al Jazeera:

    Nigel Parsons

    Ibrahim Helal

    Scott Ferguson

    “The BBC: Living in a Bubble – Part II” (2004)

    “Recently, Ibrahim Helal, editor-in-chief of the much-criticized Al-Jazeera TV network, was hired by the BBC World Service Trust. The job the BBC wanted him for? To advise on balance in Middle East coverage….”[No comment]


    • noggin says:

      Hey….Bowen could go for that job you know at AJ after all he s doing the same job at El Beeb now.
                     PPE, Palestinian Propaganda Editor 😀


  11. pounce_uk says:

    The bbC’s biggest crime isn’t how it supports the Pal cause without reservation, but rather how over the past few years it has reengineered history in which to remake the Jews as the guilty party in the Middle East.
    Last week I had to pop into the Clerk’s office and during a cup of tea the conservation gravitated towards Israel. The clerk nearly 60 years of age with over 30 years service in the RAF. Came out with that the Jews were the problem in the Middle East. He then explained that they didn’t want peace that they had launched war after war on the Arabs and that they had actually stolen the land in which to build Israel.
    I tried to point out that actually History fact states otherwise to which he exclaimed that the Jews had even attacked the RAF. While factually correct, I pointed that the reason the IDF shot down a Mosquito in 1948 was simply because , Israel was at war with the neighbours and flying a plane over a country at war would warrant any  nation shooting down the interloper . This from a bloke who is nearly 60 and who has served over 30 years in the RAF. So why do we become angry when we see much younger people who presume that Israel is the font of all evil. They don’t know any better and its thanks to the endless propaganda from the bBC which has led to this state of affairs.