President Barack Obama called Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegitimate a day after he praised Israel for showing restraint in their construction, a comment that had left Palestinians angry.
“We continue to call on Palestinians to end incitement against Israel. And we continue to emphasize that America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements,” Obama said in a speech today before the United Nations General Assembly.
I asked once before if illegitimate is worse than illegal and I still am not sure.
Saeb Erakat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said Obama’s address to the UN was “encouraging.”
“We very much appreciate President Obama’s statements on settlements being illegal and his calling for an end of the occupation,” Erakat said in a telephone interview.
And guess who thinks like Obama - or is that Obama thinking like him?
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called Israel a "counterfeit and illegitimate regime that cannot survive", in a live broadcast on state television.
"The Zionist regime is counterfeit and illegitimate and cannot survive," he said in a speech to a crowd in the town of Islamshahr in southwestern Tehran.