The nation of Israel was dealt a blow Thursday – not by Islamic terrorists bent on the destruction of the tiny country, but by the President of the United States.
According to an AP/Blaze report:
“So while the core issues of the conflict must be negotiated, the basis of those negotiations is clear: a viable Palestine, and a secure Israel,” Obama’s prepared remarks said. “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. 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 potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state. ”
While recognizing that Israel has a right to exist, the President’s call for Israel to revert to its 1967 borders thrilled Palestinians but angered Israelis and some members of Congress, including Rep. Allen West (R-FL).
West called the move the “most egregious foreign policy decision” the Obama Administration has ever made, and also feared the move “could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state.”
According to the Jerusalem Post, members of the Israeli Knesset had even harsher words for President Obama:
Knesset members on the Right expressed outrage on Thursday night at US President Barack Obama’s call for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps in an exchange of territory for security.
They called upon Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to reject Obama’s plan when he meets with him on Friday in Washington.
“Barack Hussein Obama adopted the staged plan for Israel’s destruction of Yasser Arafat, and he is trying to force it on our prime minister,” said Likud MK Danny Danon. “All that was new in the speech was that he called for Israel to return to 1967 borders without solving the crisis. Netanyahu has only one option: To tell Obama forget about it.”
National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari also slammed Obama’s speech, calling it “a landmine with pretty wrapping.”
Ahmed Tibi, another member of the Knesset, nicknamed the address “Cairo Speech II,” and said “Obama is riding the tiger of Arab democracy.”
Israel National News went so far as to say Obama sandbagged Israel while aligning himself with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas:
US President Barack Obama dramatically changed US foreign policy – sandbagging Israel and aligning himself with PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ preconditions for talks – when he called Thursday for a “full and phased withdraw of Israeli forces” from “occupied Palestinian lands” to the 1949 armistice borders that Israel’s former Foreign Minister and UN ambassador in 1967, Abba Eban, referred to as the “Auschwitz borders.” He left room for some “land swaps” at those borders.
Obama’s comments came during his much anticipated policy address at the State Department in which he outlined the United State’s new foreign policy for the Middle East and North Africa in light of the “spring revolutions” that have rocked the region.
Saying the world was tired of “nothing but stalemate” in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and complaining that “settlement activity continues” while the “Palestinians have walked away from talks,” Obama said Israelis cannot obtain the dream of a democratic and Jewish state through “occupation.”
…Abbas has stated almost the same thing: that returning to the 1949 Armistice lines is non-negotiable, but included Jerusalem in those borders, and said that only the refugees are a negotiable issue.
Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was not pleased with the remarks, and said the 1967 borders could not be defended, according to an AP report:
Reacting to Obama’s speech, Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a full withdrawal from the West Bank, saying the 1967 lines were “indefensible” and would leave major Jewish settlements outside Israel. Netanyahu rejects any pullout from east Jerusalem.
The new borders would also divide Jerusalem, breaking a promise Obama made in 2008.
West concluded his statement by saying:
While the winds of democracy may blow strong in the Middle East, history has demonstrated that gaps in leadership can lead to despotic regimes. I have questions for President Obama: ‘Who will now lead in Egypt?‘ and ’Why should American taxpayers provide foreign aid to a nation where the next chapter in their history may be the emergence of another radical Islamic state?’
President Obama has not stood for Israel or the Jewish people and has made it clear where the United States will stand when Palestine attempts to gain recognition of statehood by the United Nations. The President should focus on the real obstacle to security- the Palestinian leadership and its ultimate goal to eliminate Israel and the Jewish people.”
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