Obama: An Independent Palestine Should Be Based On 1967 Borders – Obama’s Speech A ‘Historic Shift’ On Israel And Palestine? No.


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Prodding Israel, Obama embraces Palestine borders (AP):

WASHINGTON – Exasperated by stalled Middle East peace talks in a season of tumultuous change, President Barack Obama jolted close ally Israel Thursday by embracing the Palestinians’ terms for drawing the borders of their new nation next door. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel rejected the idea as “indefensible” on the eve of his vital White House meeting with Obama.

The U.S. president said that an independent Palestine should be based on 1967 borders — before the Six Day War in which Israel occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza — as adjusted by possible land swaps agreed upon by both sides. He said Israel can never live in true peace as a Jewish state if it insists on “permanent occupation.”

Obama’s speech a ‘historic shift’ on Israel and Palestine? No. (The Christian Science Monitor):

If you’ve read the lead story in The New York Times on President Barack Obama’s Middle East speech this afternoon, you’re probably under the impression that the president has taken a bold new step to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The first paragraph of the story, filed from Washington, is quite dramatic. Obama, “seeking to harness the seismic political change unfolding in the Arab world… publicly called for the borders prevailing before the 1967 Israeli-Arab war to be the baseline for a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the first time an American president has explicitly taken that position.”

The only problem is, it’s not much of a shift at all.The key word in that opening paragraph is that word “explicitly.” What it means in this context, is that he said something that multiple presidents have said before him, but with slightly weaker language. What did he say? “The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”

That an eventual settlement would be based around borders from before the 1967 war, with land “swaps” of some kind to reflect the growth of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, has been a central assumption behind the peace process kicked off under President Bill Clinton in the early 1990s and pursued with subtle variations by presidents George W. Bush and Obama after him. Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters, amid a push to restart peace talks that failed, that a solution could be found that “reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders.”

Sound familiar?

What wasn’t in Obama’s speech was anything new on how you get from here (complete dysfunction – it’s a “process” by convention only at this point) to there (peace). He made no mention of the settlement freeze his administration had pushed for – and failed to get – in return for restored talks with the Palestinian leadership. He also sought to shoot down Palestinian efforts to win recognition for an independent state at the United Nations, something the Palestinian Authority has been gearing up for in September.

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And Helen Thomas is spot on:

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“Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.”

– U.S. Senator William Fulbright said on CBS’s Face the Nation, that, “Israel controls the U.S. Senate.”

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Largest Secret Spy Hub Uncovered In Israel (RT)

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Israel Launches Twin Air Strikes on Gaza (AFP)

Israelis shoot dead sleeping elderly Palestinian (Daily Star)

Palestinian Report: Man killed in Hebron was sleeping when shot (Ynetnews)

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Israel Shahak: The History of the Jews (Must-see!)

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6 thoughts on “Obama: An Independent Palestine Should Be Based On 1967 Borders – Obama’s Speech A ‘Historic Shift’ On Israel And Palestine? No.

  1. This hole site is just ONE BIG HATE FEST! PRO-ARAB PROPAGANDA AND OBVIOUSLY ANTI-ISRAEL!
    Where is the mention of Syria`s murders of it`s own people!
    or Ghadafi`s air stiking women and children!

    This site is JUST A WASTE OF TIME!

  2. “- Proof Libyan Invasion Was Planned 10 Years In Advance
    http://www.infiniteunknown.net/2011/03/29/proof-libyan-invasion-was-planned-10-years-in-advance/

    You do not think the US Government has plans to invade any country at any time? It would be foolish for a superpower NOT to have military plans for contingencies. It’s called a strategy.

    In terms of the 1967 borders being provocative it is now, I do not recall Clinton or Bush saying lets return to the 1967 borders and we will have peace. The 1967 borders were always used as prototype for negotiations, but negotiations where never established on the basis of returning to those boarders.

    Seriously this stuff you call journalism may fly for the completely ignorant, but anyone that applies the most basic intellectual scrutiny to your words will find them lacking in research and substance.

  3. The map for 1946 is a complete lie. A study commissioned by the British department in charge of the Mandate for Palestine in 1946 reported that 8 per cent of the land was owned by Arabs, 15 per cent by absentee Arab landlords and 7 percent by Jews. The other 70 per cent was owned by the British government. I have not heard any complaints from Arabs that the British stole land from them. Check the internet for the reference.

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