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Netanyahu's devastating encounter with Obama
Posted By Les Kinsolving On 05/24/2011 @ 12:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
On May 19, President Obama called upon Israel to withdraw to its 1967 borders – meaning allowing Palestinians to take control of half of its capital city of Jerusalem as well as all of the West Bank.
The following day, in Washington, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat alongside Obama and declared to reporters that Israel will not withdraw to 1967 borders to help make way for an adjacent Palestinian state.
The Associated Press reported:
“We cannot go back to those indefensible lines,” said Netanyahu. The prime minister made no mention of Obama’s stipulation that there would be “land swaps,” an omission that seemed to present Obama’s proposal as more onerous.
Ladies and gentlemen: Think about that.
Obama called for our ally, Israel, to accept these indefensible 1967 borders – in exchange for “land swaps.”
Yes, “land swaps” – not one of which swappings I have heard defined or identified!
No wonder Israel’s so-much-more-realistic prime minister rejected this incredible “1967-With-Swaps” scheme – in the very presence of the president who proposed it.
The AP also noted:
So, I am compelled to wonder, so soon after Palestinian President Abbas joined together with Hamas, why did Obama call on Israel to evacuate Jerusalem and the West Bank?
Prime Minister Netanyahu understandably and commendably rejected this Obama evacuation suggestion, as well as the Palestinian “right to return” (to Israel). This outrageous idea contends that Palestinians who fled Israel in 1948 are somehow entitled to return and claim land they voluntarily abandoned (unlike some others who stayed and eventually were elected to Israel’s parliament, or Knesset).
The AP also noted:
And to that, I would comment: “No wonder there is Israeli anger.”
From one of the nation’s most influential Democrats, former New York Mayor Ed Koch:
“This is the most dangerous and critical period that Israel has ever faced, and regrettably it does not have the support of the United States.”
Koch warned that he may cross party lines in 2012 and vote against President Obama.
In the U.S. Senate, Orrin Hatch of Utah said he will introduce a congressional resolution:
“Israel is the United States’ strongest friend and ally. By calling for a return to the pre-1967 borders, President Obama has directly undermined her. Rather than stand by Israel against consistent unprovoked aggression by long-time supporters of terrorism, President Obama is rewarding those who threaten Israel’s very right to exist. This is not only ridiculous, but dangerous. There is strong disapproval in Congress for the president’s new posture toward Israel, and I will introduce a resolution affirming Israel’s right to maintain its territorial integrity. Now, more than ever, the security interests of the United States and Israel are linked. Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons is a clear and present danger to both of our nations. We cannot distance ourselves from our Israeli friends.”
And columnist Oliver North noted:
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