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Countering the recent batsh*t crazy WingerPalooza frenzy over the audacity of our American Dark Knight to speak in clear, accurate and understandable language.....
There has been a lot of attention paid to the president’s statement that “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.” This exact language may be new for a U.S. president, but the sentiment it describes is not. George W. Bush himself made a similar reference to ’67 in a 2005 speech.
This really shouldn’t be as controversial as it probably will be. Treating the 1967 lines as a basis for negotiations in this way represents the overwhelming consensus of the international community, enshrined in multiple UN resolutions. That anyone should be confused or surprised about this probably goes to the success that Israeli leaders have had over the years in obscuring it, and the indulgence that American leaders have often shown toward those efforts.
"Indulgence" by "American leaders", like this....
“President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus,” Mitt Romney charged in a statement. “He has disrespected Israel and undermined its ability to negotiate peace..."
Michele Bachmann said Obama had “betrayed our friend and ally Israel.”
“Obama’s call for 1967 borders will cause chaos, division & more aggression in Middle East and put Israel at further risk,” Bachmann said
Tim Pawlenty called a return to 1967 borders "a mistaken and very dangerous demand."
The oh-so-golly gee whiz-Orrin Hatch (R-UT)....
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued a press release today stating his intention to introduce a resolution next week disapproving of the policy concerning Israel that President Barack Obama announced on Thursday. “Israel is the United States’ strongest friend and ally,” Hatch said in the statement. “By calling for a return to the pre-1967 borders, President Obama has directly undermined her.”
Instead, Hatch said, “President Obama is rewarding those who threaten Israel’s very right to exist.” “This is not only ridiculous, but dangerous,” he said.
What President Obama stated about the Israeli-Palestinian situation was not extreme or unusual in the slightest. But because Jewish influence on American media has been so successful,...and because the conservative right in America has basically lost their goddamn minds about everything.....the commonplace, the normal....the simple truth is met with wingnut rage and frothing at the mouth.
Sean Hannity invited the certifiably insane Pam Gellar onto his radio show yesterday to talk about this issue. It truly is impossible to describe the sh*t storm of wingnuttery which ensued. It was a Category 5, at least.....I nearly lost control of my vehicle.
Obama, whether the Tea-addicts in America understand it or not, was looking out for Israel's interests by speaking so clearly the other day about the ongoing occupation in Palestine. Without an Israeli recognition of the 1967 borders (plus swap adjustments) as the starting point of a two-state peace agreement...there will be no agreement. Without an agreement and a two state solution, and with a continuation of radically extreme Israeli leadership, like Netanyahu.....Israel will be the eventual loser.
Netanyahu, while basking in American wingnut approval, is not so appreciated back home in Israel. Bibi openly criticized and lied about Obama's peace process speech. Netanyahu, while visiting the U.S., condescended arrogantly in his response to Obama. That provoked Obama to restate his wording yesterday...in effect backhanding the radical little man for his misplaced petulance.
Other leaders in Israel, even if U.S. Republican leaders do not, recognize the failings of Mr. Netanyahu....
Tzipi Livni, leader of Israel’s opposition Kadima party, also backed Mr Obama’s two-state solution and accused Mr Netanyahu of putting Israel at risk in order to save his right-wing coalition.
“The prime minister has violated relations between Israel and the United States,” she said, speaking after Mr Obama’s speech but before the Oval Office meeting. “He has endangered the security of Israel and its power of deterrence.”
Notice the dissonance. American opposition leaders say Obama is endangering Israel....Jewish leaders say that Netanyahu is endangering Israel.
The only way for Israel to remain a secure Jewish nation, is to accept the 1967 parameters with some adjustments....recognize defined borders which encompass two distinct states, Israel and Palestine, and stop the incursion of "settlements."
If Israel refuses, which it looks like they will under the radical and obnoxious Netanyahu, then Israel will only have itself to blame for it's continued isolation in the world. The violent aggression on Gaza and the murderous raids on the flotillas have left a bad taste in the mouths of world citizens over Israel. The decades-long Israeli occupation of Palestinians, much of it under intolerable circumstances, is becoming more and more unacceptable in light of the "Arab spring."
Netanyahu should embrace this opportunity being laid out by President Obama. Instead, Bibi is acting just like the conservative extremists in America act, bashing Obama for stating widely accepted truth.
Israel deserves better leadership.
Also read this from a Jewish American who knows a few things about Israeli-Palestinian relations and history.