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article imageGene Simmons slams President Obama over position on Israel

By Michael Krebs     May 23, 2011 in Politics
Appearing in an interview on CNBC, rock-and-roll front man Gene Simmons pulled no punches in his criticism of the Obama administration's stance on Israel, saying President Obama has no clue on what life is like in Israel.
Gene Simmons is not a name one associates with politics, but he is also not the kind of individual to shy away from answering inquiries. The long-time front man for the rock-and-roll band KISS, Mr. Simmons expressed a deep criticism of the Obama administration, with particular derision directed at the president's position on Israel's borders.
"I voted for an idea. What I didn't realize I was getting was an idealist," Simmons began. "If you've never been to the moon, you can't issue policy about the moon. You have no f#@king idea what it's like on the moon. For a president to be sitting in Washington DC and saying go back to your '67 borders in Israel, how about you live there and try to defend an indefensible border nine miles wide. On one side you've got hundreds of millions of people who hate your guts, on the other side you've got the Mediterranean. Unless you control those Golan Heights, it's an indefensible position. It's a nice idea. When you grow up, you find out that life isn't the way you imagined it. And President Obama means well. He's actually a good guy. He has no f#$king idea what the world is like, because he doesn't have to live there."
Simmons was responding to a sweeping Middle East address delivered by President Obama on Thursday. Obama's speech represented an outreach to fledgling democracies in Egypt and Tunisia and to the continuing social and political upheaval unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa. As part of that overall presentation, President Obama suggested Israel begin land swap negotiations with Palestinians with a return to pre-1967 borders.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu soundly rejected Obama's positioning as "indefensible," as was reported in Digital Journal.
Simmons also had choice words for the United Nations, characterizing the global body as a "paper tiger" and as "garbage infested." But he offered broad-based solutions beyond the Israeli border question.
"Women should be in charge," Simmons said. "Like the insect kingdom. You're much brighter than we are. You should have thousands of babies and be in charge."
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