Overheard on CNN.com: Land for peace?
May 20th, 2011
06:18 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Land for peace?

Comments of the Day:

“Obama is merely picking up the same plan that Israeli war hero Rabin championed to his death. I say this respectfully, because it is not an easy path, but the only one that can resolve it. I was in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem three months ago. At least half the Israelis agree with Obama's position.”– futureshock9

“You would think that the current Arab push for freedom would diminish the groups like Hamas who seek violent means to the ends. It should be clear after decades of pointless violence that peace can only be brought about through good-faith negotiation. Unfortunately, the Arabs have reneged and attacked Israel at every opportunity, rather than seeking to build their own nation. If I were a Jew, I would be very wary. The Arabs will have to put a lot on the table.” - celtic61

Obama calls for Israel's return to pre-1967 borders

In his speech to the State Department, President Obama called for Israel to return to its 1967 borders, "with mutually agreed swaps," so a secure peace could be established. This story elicited more than 11,000 comments, many of them arguing the history of the Middle East conflict from the Israeli or Palestinian viewpoint. While there were accusations that Obama had "thrown Israel under the bus", many like waggendog, said, "Well yea, Obama is just publicly saying what every president has been privately saying for decades."

“As an American Jew who has worked in Israel and has friends and family there, I believe what Israel is doing is not in their own interest. A friend tells you when you are doing something wrong. Obama is doing the right thing.” - ScottNH

Many CNN.com readers hailed Obama's remarks and called for compromise. kirikintha said, "I think that President Obama has the courage to point out the painful truth : The only way to a lasting peace is to move forward. There are no winners in Middle East peace, only general levels of hell. What do you do when everyone feels disenfranchised? What do you do when both sides are hell-bent on killing each other?”

humtake, who identified as a Republican, said, "I'm not a fan of Obama, but sometimes he does what is right. And in this situation, America needs to see that something has to be done by both sides or nothing is going to change. Allies don't have to always agree. My grandparents have been married for 63 years and don't agree on everything. But both sides need to work on fixing their problems together."

apeinclothes said, "There isn't another option if Israel wants to remain a Jewish-majority state. There are too many Palestinians to keep them in limbo indefinitely; neighboring Arab countries aren't going to absorb them, and the longer this goes on the more demographics favor the Palestinians. Israel either has to give up enough land to allow for a viable Palestinian state or choose between being Jewish-majority or being a democracy."

Is Obama about to break the law?

The deadline for congressional approval of U.S. military intervention in Libya is here. Without approval, the mission must stop within 30 days. But the issue has not been discussed or approved in Congress. Is President Obama "shredding the Constitution," as Rep. Brad Sherman, D-California, describes it?

Slapdeezel said, "U.S. law doesn't apply to a NATO-led operation." dec12887 replied, "Cite the law that gives exception to NATO-led operations. There isn't one, so stop lying to yourself." JERBOA said, " It does not matter if it's a NATO operation. If the president sends troops to an armed conflict he needs the consent of Congress."

RyanHicks said, "The 60-day grace period ends today, yes. If Congress does not give approval by close of business today, then the president has 30 days to recall our forces before he has done something illegal. He still is in compliance for another month."

falcon615 said, "I am a liberal Democrat and voted for Obama in the primary. I support most of his policies and believe we are doing the right thing in Libya. Even though our action is intermittent, however, it should still be done legally. Obama should go to Congress, and they should authorize him to continue."

Gupta: Cell phones, brain tumors and a wired earpiece

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta almost always uses a wired earpiece while talking on the cellphone. Data shows, he writes, that people who used a cell phone 10 years or more doubled the risk of developing a brain tumor. Eileen said, "I am curious. He specifies that he uses a wired earpiece. I wonder if that is significant or just coincidental. I have a Bluetooth wireless earpiece. Is it less safe than a wired one?" crcroce replied, "Bluetooth is the same as having your cell phone up against your head. Either wear a wired set or don't bother. And not all cell phones are created equal. Some have twice as much radiation as others."

But other readers disagreed. David, who said he worked for a major cell phone manufacturer and in the Mobile phone industry for 16 years said, "Please use a Bluetooth headset, not a wired one. Radio Frequency (RF) radiation travels up a wired headset and is like an amplifier! Keep your phone away from your body and use a Bluetooth, which emits very low radiation compared to phone. There is a reason manufacturers hire an army of lawyers to cover their liability. My father was on his crackberry for hours per day and died of a brain tumor located over the ear where he always had his phone. Don't become a statistic."

Shelly Kalnitsky said both options were bad. "I am the editor of the cell phone radiation news bureau. I receive reports of brain tumors every month from cell and cordless phones. Wired headsets conduct up to three times more radiation into your ear than just placing the phone there. Bluetooth is equally as bad as the signal from the phone carries radiation directly into your ear."

Vadi said, "I work for a cell phone company and had to use a cell phone daily for a continuous period of time. I was diagnosed with Accoustic Neuroma and underwent a surgery. I believe that tumor was caused by the cell phone. Mark said, "As somebody who had a brain tumor removed, I always use a wired headpiece when using my cell phone now."

Diane Raymond said, "My husband is a long term survivor of a glioblastoma multiforme IV brain tumor. He used the Motorola "brick" cell phone 18 years ago for a lot for business calls and regular use. I know others who have lost loved ones to this type of cancer and used the "brick.” I believe that there is a correlation."

Ann asked, "What about the cordless phones many of us use in our homes? Do they have the same effect on our brains?” dan asked, "What about the oxygen machine for sleep apnea? It has a modem and has to be near your head every night."

Do your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below, or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. gung ho

    Joe moore you are so right sir the only people that will vote for obama will be be the blacks and gays and non working people its so funny to obama is no more black than clinton obama is millato or mutt

    May 21, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. gung ho

    It was so much fun watching obama getting schooled by netinyahoo today and he just sat there with that dumb smile on his face like help help i cant believe how hes talking to me

    May 21, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Benjamin

    All you good Christians shouldn't worry about Israel. There are more important things to concern you. Just read Leviticus and follow God's commands. Sell your daughters into slavery, stone your brother to death if he doesn't believe as you do, and by all means do not eat shell fish or wear clothes made from different fibers or "you shall be surely put to death." Wow that God. What a character eh!

    May 21, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
    • NameAqui

      Wow, I can tell you really have aclear understandin of your Talmud...

      May 21, 2011 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Paul

    Kat

    Good for him, if he was!...You Islamphobe bigot.
    May 21, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse

    Hey Kat, Its not about Bigotry it's about Obama having the Palestinians on his mind and religious side, and not being neutral – he believes in the (as he said) on CNN"Holy Koran, so he should at least read it and [point out what I did. No word of Jerusalem as belonging to the Muslims(didn't exist then), but read the Old- ok and new testament and there it is Hundreds of times – duh!

    Please if Jerusalem is the Palestinians show it to me in the Koran – I can and will be glad to show you the Name of Jerusalem as the Holy coty of the Jews – going back 4000 years, for almost 6000 years they have held Sabbath as a people and on the land, the Palestinians have been on that land a few decades, if the other Muslim Brothers love the Palestinians let them give them land, take them in. they have land more than Israel in fact.

    It was the PHILISTINES(who are not Palestinians and are no longer there) that most confuse with the Palestinians. It doesn't take a Bigot to see Obama was not neutral, just the facts. Thats all. Are you a Jew Hater? I love both peoples Palestinians and Jews – but the land is the Jews that's all.

    The Land is the eternal home of Israel Netanyahu said it correctly, 4000 years Minimum, go to Bible Archeology.com see all the cuneiform and tablets with Hebrew(Judah=Jew) in the digs, – show me anything Palestinian = you can't. Thousands of years. The Fact ma'am nothing but the Facts.

    May 21, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. gung ho

    I dont blane netinyahoo i wouldnt have taken advise from obama either obamas a muslim milato mutt he is definetly not black but he sure is racist

    May 21, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. gung ho

    Hey benjamin learn something about christiananity we live by the new testament because jesus died for our sins he even loves you

    May 21, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    Yes Gung Ho, but remember we all must turn away from sin first before he will except us.

    May 21, 2011 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. gung ho

    Obama hates white people

    May 21, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Barry Bonds

      Ya, but his gorilla is proud for the first time in her adult life of the ones that voted for him.

      May 21, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    Opps, gung ho is a mo he needs serious help in seeing the light on that one , I do Obama does NOT hate white ppl , he is HALF WHITE himself , DUH

    May 21, 2011 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzzzzzzz

    Sorry I meant "I do know Obama"

    May 21, 2011 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. gung ho

    Obama is like chers song im a mixed breed and nobody loves me

    May 21, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzzzz

    Na, He cant hate either side... be like hating one of his own. Hey gung ho , eat dirt dog face

    May 21, 2011 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. gung ho

    Jazzzz i agree with you about turning away from sin thats why im trying to open peoples eyes about obama he is sin the anti christ

    May 21, 2011 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    who are you gung ho? do I know you ?

    May 21, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rita

    If you disagree with obama's opinions about israel, you are racist.

    May 21, 2011 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
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