Friday, May 20, 2011

Netanyahu confronts Obama about Pre 1967 Israel Borders!

President Obama's speech yesterday, about Israel which indicated a dramatic policy shift concerning Israel's borders, was a tremendous bomb of a speech. He totally miscalculated his own importance and relevance. To suggest Israel cede back territory to the Palestinians to  the pre 1967 borders is totally naive. He once again showed how ignorant in foreign policy he truly is. He gave this speech without, it is reported, even consulting his own advisers or cabinet. He had his press secretary basically lie to Israeli reporters about his speech the day before. His naivety on this issue is very dangerous for the nation of Israel. President Obama is obviously on the side of the Palestinians in this issue.

Prime Minister Netanyahu's response to President Obama's speech yesterday was a sharp slap in the face of the President. Netenyahu really gave it to him in his public statements at the White House. The Prime Minister sounded like a teacher scolding an unlearned student. It must have been very hard for his Highness Obama to set there and take that talking down too, scolding, and flat out 'dissing' Netenyahu was giving him. It was quite a spectacle to behold. What a mockery of the Presidency Obama is making. A U.S. President should never be in a position where a foreign head of state has to teach him foreign policy 101 in public in front of the world. What a completely inept president!

While sitting beside the President in the Oval office Prime Minister Netenyahu said the president's call for Israel to pull back to the borders that existed before the Six-Day War is not tenable. "We can't go back to those indefensible lines. ... I discussed this with the president. We both agree that a peace based on illusions will crash against the rocks of Middle Eastern reality. ... For there to be peace, the Palestinians will have to accept some basic realities -- the first is that while Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace it cannot go back to the 1967 lines, because these lines are indefensible" Netanyahu said the two leaders still agree on the "overall direction" for peace in the region. In a 2004 letter, President Bush wrote, to then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon "As part of a final peace settlement, Israel must have secure and recognized borders, which should emerge from negotiations between the parties in accordance with UNSC resolutions 242, 338, United Nations Security Council.  In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli population centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949," aka the pre-1967 borders, "and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion.  It is realistic to expect that any final status agreement will only be achieved on the basis of mutually agreed changes that reflect these realities." Before you make another big speech Mr. Obama maybe you should double check what current U.S. policy is on the issue. 

In a story out of Israel: "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s associates expressed their disappointment with Barack Obama’s speech Thursday, with one aide saying that the US president is detached from regional realities. The PM’s associates told Ynet early Friday that Netanyahu, who departed to the US Thursday night, is prepared for a confrontation with President Obama on vital issues." A foriegn country calling our President "out of touch with ... reality." what a shame! They are right though.

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