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Carney, obviously uncomfortable, immediately sought out a different query but was then confronted by another reporter asking the same question. Instead of just giving the Administration’s position on this issue, Carney obfuscated. Recognizing this embarrassing incident would soon grow legs in the media, the Press Office later came out with the following statement:
“The status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. We continue to work with the parties to resolve this issue and others in a way that is just and fair, and respects the rights and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians.”
Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995
Obama Re-Writes History on Bush and Jerusalem
Now let’s go back to May 19, 2011 and President Obama’s speech at the State Department cajoling Israel to re-initiate “peace talks” (my emphasis) by first returning to the 1967 borders. As stated in a May 19, 2011 article in CNN Politics entitled, Obama Called for Israel’s Return to pre-1967 Borders.
Since the article was written by CNN correspondent Tom Cohen it can’t be shrugged off as some right wing propaganda. His first paragraph says it all:
“President Barack Obama on Thursday made official the long-held but rarely stated U.S. support for a future Palestinian state based on borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war.”
He then goes on to quote the president directly:
“The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine,”
He further stated:
“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.”
These are Obama’s own words, not mine. This once again is public record, as he’s oft to do, he can not claim them misconstrued. Alluding to what Abba Eban referred to as the “Auschwitz borders,” the President had set the default for renewed negotiations, not the Palestinians. Is Palestinian intransigence any wonder? Why should their position be any less than what the President of the United States had already negotiated for them?
Obama Calls For Israel’s Return to pre-67 Borders
Not to be out done, on the same date, the New York Times printed an article entitled, “Obama Sees ’67 Borders as Starting Point for Peace Deal.”
Obama Sees ’67 Borders as Starting Point for Peace Deal.
Here again, the first paragraph says it all:
So what’s wrong with that? For those who have greater fealty to the President and his party over the security of Israel, absolutely nothing. For others truly concerned with Israel’s security, you have to scratch your head and ask the following questions:
- “Seeking to capture a moment of epochal change in the Arab world.” The Times correctly ascertained what he was and is trying to do but where in that statement is there any mention of Israel? Since when had the Israeli government given Obama a mandate to create epochal change in the Arab world at Israel’s expense?
- Why is Obama, time and time again taking the Palestinian point of view antecedent negotiations?
- Doesn’t this President realize that the pre’67 lines were never recognized borders but cease fire lines following Israel’s victory in 1948?
- Why would Obama ask Israel, after being incessantly attacked prior and subsequent to 1967, make herself once again vulnerable to the same untenable demarcation lines; allowing her only 9 miles from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea?
- Why would Obama give such a speech hours ahead of meeting Prime Minister Netanyahu who was on a plane, in the air, and preparing to meet with him the next morning?
- Why has the President placed such emphasis on Israeli settlements (my emphasis) as an impediment to reigniting peace talks when the Palestinians? Prior to his intervention they never did.
- With ongoing events in Syria; increased threats of Hezbollah in Lebanon; the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, North Africa, and most likely soon in Jordan; the Iranian cabal’s interminable quest for nuclear weapons; and the ceaseless instability of the region, is Obama correct in pressuring the only true democracy in the Middle East to make concessions of land?
- Why should Israel be cajoled into negotiations with an avowed enemy which seeks acquiescence not peace, offers no quid pro quo, and is adamant in non recognition of Israel as a Jewish state?
- Isn’t it fair to expect an ally and friend to insist upon recognition as a prerequisite to any discussion of “settlements” or any other potential trump cards Israel might use in future negotiations? Evidently out of design or naiveté, Obama doesn’t think so.
These are just some questions that voters, particularly “progressive” Jewish voters should be asking themselves in the weeks and months prior to November.
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