Obama finally showed his hand on the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
This morning he broke with long-standing US policy and completely sided with the Palestinians, by endorsing Palestinian demand for their own state based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Six-Day War.
That means Obama is demanding Israel to roll back its borders to pre-1967. That, in turn, means that, with the West Bank gone, Israel’s mid-section is severely narrowed. Lacking strategic depth, the state of Israel will be territorially indefensible.
FoxNews.com reports on May 19, 2011:
President Obama, in a sweeping address tackling the uprisings in the Middle East and the stalled peace process, on Thursday endorsed Palestinians’ demand for their own state based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Six-Day War.
The break with longstanding U.S. policy is likely to aggravate the Israelis, who want the borders of any future Palestinian state determined through negotiations. The declaration comes ahead of a meeting in Washington between Obama and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“The status quo is unsustainable,” Obama said. “A lasting peace will involve two states for two peoples.”
The U.S. had previously endorsed the concept of a Palestinian state, but not the demand for permanent pre-1967 borders, with mutually agreed land swaps.
At the same time as Obama demanded Israel to roll its borders back to pre-1967’s, he said Israeli’s right to defend itself will remain paramount, and assured Israel that the United States’ commitment to Israeli security is “unshakable.”
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Read the whole article here.
Read the text of Obama’s Mideast speech here.