During a White House news briefing Friday, President Obama’s call for Israel to return to pre-1967 boundaries, press spokesman Jay Carney responded to a question about whether the Jewish state is the only nation that should give back land.
The topic has been front and center in the headlines for the last 24 hours, since Obama said, “We believe 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. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their full potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.”
The statement came less than a day before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House. Obama’s statement was seen in some quarters as an attempt to get ahead of Netanyahu.
The question about giving land back was raised by Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House.
He asked, “Since the president believes that Israel should give back any land that it had won in battle, why doesn’t he believe that we, too, should give back land that we won in battle with Mexico?”
Carney responded that that’s not what the president was talking about.
“I have gone over many times what the president said, and he certainly didn’t say that,” Carney retorted.
No followup question was allowed.
The impact, however, of the president’s words, if applied, would be to do just that, analysts said.
Prior to the 1967 war, the land allowed the nation of Israel from the partition of the British Mandate was much smaller than today. Then when a number of Arab neighbors decided to attack, Israel responded with the force that was required to take possession of some of the areas from which the attacks were launched.
Those are the areas, primarily, that Obama is telling Israel to relinquish.
Israeli officials have made short work of the idea, however, telling the world simply it won’t happen.