For those who missed the videocast from Sderot on erev Purim in Solidarity with Sderot, you can see it here:
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Except for Alan Dershowitz, Irwin Cutler, and other practiced speakers - who are of course very comfortable behind a microphone - it was pretty amateurish, and although I live in the Negev, I heard about it only a few hours before the broadcast, and had to scurry to pass it on to family and friends in the States and Israel. Apparently the goal was to have a million viewers live, but it probably fell far short of that. IMO, it SHOULD be heard by a billion, not a million.
What I DID find remarkable - but in a very negative sense - was when a canned statement from Senator Obama was aired. For those of you who want to fast-forward just to hear Senator Obama, zip ahead to 1 hour 32 minutes and 35 seconds (altho it would be a shame to miss the fiery Dershowitz and others in the very beginning....)
I was literally stunned by the poor taste and unforgiveable insensitivity of Senator Obama. Not only did he say that Sderot has lived under missile attack for three years, instead of seven, but, quoting his words exactly including the emphasis, Senator Obama pledged to work towards "building a lasting peace that will allow both Israeli AND Palestinian children to live side by side in peace and security...".
Not only is the mention of "Palestinian children" totally inappropriate on the occasion of support for Sderot, his insistance of including the words "both" and even emphasizing "and" before "Palestinian children" indicates his embrace of the morally bankrupt equivalency rhetoric of the Palestinian terrorists.
This sends a very explicit message to those of us who are in the midst of this terrorist war, who live with it every day. The message is that Senator Obama clings to the myth and cynical propaganda of some moral equivalence between the Sderot victims and the Palestinian attackers.
The message is that the Jews of Sderot, who have lived productive lives there for decades are the equal of Palestinians who vote into power a terrorist organization and are forced to live lives of squalor where death by murdering innocent people going about their lives is celebrated as superior to life itself.
In his own words, Senator Obama has shown that he and the far-left liberals have no moral decency and that their sensitivity is so non-selective as to be highly selective. There is something very wrong when perpetrators receive the same "understanding" and empathy in the same very breath as the victims receive. This "wrongness" is moral bankruptcy at best and evil at worst. This wrongness in a presidential candidate must be rejected in the voting booths.
Never close to a fan of Senator Obama, as an Israeli, I was unforgiveably offended by his words. They were not spontaneous, they were prepared. As an articulate and well-educated man, he had to have been aware of what he was saying. His message was clear. I sincerely hope that Senator Obama never comes to Israel again. His presence in my country would be an affront.