WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians’ demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel. Israel says the borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.
In a speech outlining U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, Obama on Thursday sided with the Palestinians’ opening position a day ahead of a visit to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is vehemently opposed to referring to the 1967 borders.
Until Thursday, the U.S. position had been that the Palestinian goal of a state based on the 1967 borders, with agreed land swaps, should be reconciled with Israel’s desire for a secure Jewish state through negotiations.
HMM THIS IS INTERESTING. CONSERVATIVES WILL SPIN THIS BY SAYING THAT OBAMA IS TAKING THE PALESTINIAN SIDE. LIBERALS WILL LOVE IT AND SAY WE SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS LONG AGO.
I THINK IT’S A VERY INTERESTING STRATEGIC MOVE AFTER THE DEATH OF BIN LADEN, AND AFTER REVOLUTIONS ALL OVER THE MIDDLE EAST. THIS IS THE BEST TIME FOR THE US TO ADJUST OUR FOREIGN POLICY AROUND THE ENTIRE WORLD. WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
IT DOESN’T MEAN THE US DOESN’T STILL SUPPORT ISRAEL’S RIGHT TO EXIST. IT MEANS THE US IS TIRED OF THIS AND IT’S TIME TO MAKE SOME SACRIFICES FOR REAL PEACE.
THERE WILL BE PROBLEMS THOUGH. CONSERVATIVES IN ISRAEL WHO FEEL UNDER ATTACK AT ALL TIMES WILL SEE THIS AS OUTRAGEOUS. THEY WILL WANT PEACE EVEN LESS.
PALESTINIANS WHO WANT THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL WILL SEE THIS AS A TREND OF THE US BACKING DOWN AND WILL ONLY HOLD OUT FOR SWEETER DEALS.
THE US NEEDS TO STAY CONSISTENT FOR THIS TO WORK AND SHOW THAT WE’RE NOT PLAYING SIDES ANYMORE. WE JUST WANT A SOLUTION.