|U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a joint news conference with Jordanís King Abdullah at Al-Hummar Palace, in Amman, March 22, 2013. (REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)
WASHINGTON -- Come again?
U.S. President Barack Obama is taking heat for comparing relations between Israel and Palestine with Canada and the U.S.
Because Canadians are known for hurling rockets into Buffalo, right?
Obama made the comparison in the West Bank Thursday, saying Canadians and Americans have disagreements, too, but resolve them diplomatically.
“We can’t afford to have our kids in bed sleeping and suddenly a rocket comes through the roof, but my argument is even though both sides may have areas of strong disagreement, may be engaging in activities the other side considers to be a breach of good faith, we have to push through those things to try to get to an agreement,”
Obama told reporters at a press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
“There will be a sovereign Palestinian state, a sovereign Jewish state of Israel and those two states can, I think, will be able to deal with each other the same way all states do,” he added. “I mean, you know, the United States and Canada has arguments once in a while, but they’re not the nature of arguments that can’t be solved diplomatically.”
The President's strange comparison caused a new hashtag on Twitter:
#TheCanucksAreComing, and right-wing pundits tore a strip off Obama for failing to understand either relationship properly.
“Apparently, the President doesn’t understand - or chooses to ignore - the fact there are a few differences regarding U.S. relations with our neighbor to the North,” wrote Robert Laurie at Canadafreepress.com, a right-win blog site about American politics.
“Canada isn’t controlled by a terrorist organization named Hamas.
(And) Canada isn’t calling for the destruction of the United States,”
Obama’s supporters have defended the President, saying he was talking about a future relationship between Palestine and Israel, when their disagreements are solved diplomatically, like other states do including Canada and the U.S.
Until then, look out Buffalo!