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Bad on Obama, I didn't notice that when scanning the text of his AIPAC speech. This is the kind of thing that makes American pretensions to global leadership look more than a little ridiculous. Nobody thinks this is a smart position for the U.S. government to take on the merits, and I suspect a healthy swathe of AIPAC knows it's the wrong position too, but they'd like to see American politicians be willing to say it, and American politicians are very willing to do what AIPAC wants in this regard.

Meanwhile, 6 million Palestinians, plus hundreds of millions of other Arabs and Muslims around the world, are watching the candidate of "change" in American politics outline a patently unreasonable vision for the final status of the Israel-Palestine conflict. And all for what? Would it really have been so horrible from a "pro-Israel" point of view if Obama had proclaimed himself absolutely committed to Israel's security and just not mentioned anything in particular about Jerusalem?

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