Important: Pre-Obama Cairo Speech Analysis

Barack ObamaIn the last few days before his much anticipated speech in Cairo, Egypt, President Obama has chosen to speak, not just through surrogates, but also directly as to the direction he is headed with the Middle East conflict and Israel.

Here are a few of the important statements he has made with my translation as to their meaning:


  • Obama: Although the US needs to maintain its strong support for Israel, Washington also has to be “honest” with Israel regarding the direction in which the region is heading, even if this includes resorting to “tough love”.
  • Translation: Previous Presidents have not been strong enough to make Israel do what it should and needs to do for the best interests of Israel and the US. He, President Obama, is tough enough and determined enough to make Israel do what other President’s did not have the will to do and force Israel to comply with his plan for the Middle East. 
  • Obama: I don’t think (emphasis mine) we have to change strong support for Israel. We do have to retain a constant belief in the possibilities of negotiations that will lead to peace, and that’s going to require, from my view, a two-state solution.
  • Translation: The 50 year position the US has taken of standing with Israel through “thick and thin” is no longer a sure thing. In order to maintain US support, Israel must now do what Obama  feels is the right way to handle things. It’s Obama’s way or the highway.
  • Obama: Part of being a good friend is being “honest” and I think there have been times where we were not as we should be about the fact that the current direction, the current trajectory in the region is profoundly negative, not only for Israeli interests but also US interests. And that’s part of a new dialogue that I’d like to see encouraged in the region.
  • Translation: There is a new sheriff in town and I am going to try a radically new approach of courting the Muslims and if necessary sacrificing our long term relationship with Israel if they do not act in the best interests for the US.
  • Obama: The United States has to follow through on what it says. It is important for us to be clear about what we believe will lead to peace – and that there is no equivocation.
  • Translation: I mean what I say and I say what I mean. I am not backing down so don’t challenge me on this or you will force me to play “hardball” with you.

So How is PM Netanyahu Taking All of This?

Israeli PM NetanyahuThis is the first time I have heard an Israeli Prime Minister flat out contradict a US President in public. Usually statecraft dictates handling things indirectly and discreetly. President Obama has left Netanyahu no options. Netanyahu’s response has been…

  • The demand to freeze all settlement growth even natural growth is “unreasonable”.
  • He also said, “It is likely that we are not going to reach an agreement with the Americans regarding settlement construction.”


The possibility of a deep rift between Israel and this President’s administration is very high. 

How is the Palestinian Authority Responding?

Obama Foreign Policy AnalysisPA President Abbas was not only surprised and happy with this unexpected turn of events but also made it very clear from news sources that there are a few items that Obama has proposed in his new Middle East plans which are completely unacceptable to the Palestinians. They are as follows:

  • The right of return of millions of Palestinian refugees to Israel.
  • The establishment of an independent state with all of East Jerusalem including the Old City as its capital.
  • Lastly Abbas has said, “The only way to achieve real and lasting peace is by forcing Israel to withdraw from all the territories that were occupied in 1967.”

Is the Cairo Speech Important?

As you can see, his speech tomorrow could signal a complete change in US relations with Israel and the Muslim world. This President believes he can handle the religious fanaticism of radical Islam. In short I believe he feels he can solve the world’s problems if you just give him what he wants and enough time. 

Where is this headed prophetically?

There is no absolute certainty yet but I believe that unless Obama pulls back from the harsh measures he is planning (i.e. the tough love he has talked about) to make Israel compliant with his new Middle East plan he will force Israel into a final Arab/Israeli war. Unless Israel gives Obama what he wants, which I do not believe is going to happen–Israel will have no other choice than to attempt to resolve the conflict once and for all militarily.

Keep one eye on this speech tomorrow and one eye on Isaiah 11 which describes the Final Arab/Israeli war. I will blog on this more in the future.

Joel Chernoff

~The views contained in The Joel Chernoff Report are not necessarily views held by the MJAA~


5 responses to “Important: Pre-Obama Cairo Speech Analysis

  1. Dear Joel
    Netanyahu is following the guidelines of what is written in Isaiah 52: 1 Awake, Awake O Zion, clothe yourself with strength. Put on your garments of splendor, O Jerusalem, the Holy city. The uncircumcised and defiled will not enter you again. 2 Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, o Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains in your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion. 3 For this is what the LORD says: ” You were sold for nothing, and without money you will be redeemed.”
    Did you know that the whole world is watching this very closely? This is just like back on the days in Egypt ( remember Pharaoh) he will not give up, and we know the rest of the story. As long as Netanyahu keeps doing what he is doing, standing tall with ELOHIM ; everyone else will think ( like they are doing now) that Israel without U.S. help is nothing; there are in for a surprise; Just sit still and watch the Strong Arm Of the Lord!

  2. susie messenger

    This comment is an addition to what Joel has said; it is an exhortation to the Messianic believers in Israel to come forth with words from Deuteronomy on GOD’s conditions for keeping His covenant land. It is time to remind and remember what pleases GOD/displeases GOD…what GOD blesses/curses. To reiterate GOD’s plea to return to Him. All to be said with confidence and clarity to the Jewish people, whether secular or religious. as well as to remind them, with tenderness and strength, that there will be only a remnant left ,and each has the choice whom they will follow. Many in Israel do not know Torah or the prophetic picture. Who will tell them? Let the Messianic believers take the messages to the streets so all will know GOD’s heart in this critical hour. FEAR NOT! The Lord your GOD will cover you!

  3. terri gillespie

    Is there any doubt that Jewish and non-Jewish believers in Yeshua/Jesus need to unite in prayer?

    Thank you Joel, for translating world-speak and giving us direction for prayer.

  4. Shalom!
    Joel, this is the most intense report on this intense situation yet.
    However it comes, We are on the verge of a huge “World Change”.
    Deception and the hearts of men in high places are about to be revealed.

    All that we have believed and known prophetically for Israel…is here. The wait is over.
    Israel, PM Natanyahu is a prayer priority…the US, the US president- a prayer necessity…


  5. Ezekiel 11:13-Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell face down and cried out in a loud voice , “Ah Sovereign Lord! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?”14The word of the Lord came to me:15″ Son of man, your brothers-your brothers who are your blood relatives and the whole house of Israel-are those of whom the people of Jerusalem have said, ‘They are far away from the Lord; this land was given to us as our possession.’16 Therefore say: This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’17 Therefore say: This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’18 They will return to it and remove all of its vile images and detestable idols.19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.21 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

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