President Obama’s speech in Cairo occurred more than a week ago, and Donniel Hartman’s commentary on the speech (“Are Jews Ready for Obama?“) also has been online for more than a week, but the debate – about the speech, and about Donniel’s commentary has yet to die down.
Several dozen comments have been published (and a few better left unpublished) taking all sides in the matter – from fervent support, to wishful commentary, to outright opposition. For example, one critic of Donniel’s wrote:
Donniel Hartman has posed a serious question. However, the answer in his article leads into the wrong direction. To begin with, the headline of the article should be phrased differently. It ought to be ” Is Israel ready for Obama?” – which is not the same.
However, many correspondents praised Donniel’s call for a new vision:
Great article. If embattled Israel can extend the hand of peace perhaps there is hope for all humanity!!! No it won`t be easy and there will be setbacks but it is our duty to keep working…
And then there was this one:
As a Jew and as an American I am ready for Barack Obama to lead not only our nation but the world in achieving peace. We need to look at ourselves not as separate entities but as a global community. I for one love life. It is disturbing to read some of the blog entries which continue to breed hate and disdain for one another.
Go the article, scroll down to the bottom – or, better yet, read it again – and then find all the comments. And add your own!