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Pres. Obama: Palestinian state based on '67 borders

Written by  Random Justice

 

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT, cont'd
Posted May 26, 2011

On May 19, 2011, President Obama said a Palestinian state must be based on 1967 borders, and 'the dream of a Jewish democratic state cannot be fulfilled with permanent occupation.' For a sitting U.S. President, this was bold, clear language addressing the festering sore that poisons all of the mideast.

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DEMOCRACY NOW! ROUNDTABLE:
Did Obama’s Mideast Speech Signal U.S. Shift on Israel-Palestine?


In a major speech on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and on the Arab Spring, President Obama said a Palestinian state must be based on the 1967 borders, the first time a U.S. president has explicitly taken this position. The Israeli government immediately rejected Obama’s comments, calling the 1967 borders "indefensible." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the United States today and will meet Obama at the White House. We host a roundtable with author Norman Finkelstein, Palestinian human rights lawyer Noura Erakat, and Jeremy Ben-Ami, head of the lobby group J Street.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/20/did_obamas_mideast_speech_signal_us

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'RECOGNIZING A PALESTINIAN STATE BASED ON 1967 BORDERS IS VITAL FOR ISRAEL'S EXISTANCE'

Thus read the headline in an advertisement signed by 18 Israeli generals, 27 winners of the Israel Prize, and others.

http://jstreet.org/campaigns/israelad/

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OBAMA, NETANYAHU AND THE 1967 BORDERS

By Adam Keller, May 21, 2011

President Obama has made his long awaited speech and uttered the magic number which some hoped and other dreaded that he would mention – Nineteen Hundred Sixty Seven. And Prime Minister Netanyahu retorted with an angry outburst and total denunciation and rejection of the 1967 borders. Israel’s newspapers all came out with banner headlines proclaiming “Confrontation!” and “Collision Course!”. In the evening, Obama and Netahayhu met at the White House and made a rather pale effort to paper over the cracks and present the TV cameras with a friendly, smiling, hand-shaking façade – what today’s Wall Street Journal called “The most undiplomatic moments of international diplomacy ever offered for cameras”.
From the shallow perspective of 48 hours after the speech, how are we to gauge it? A historical breakthrough? A tawdry, soon forgotten media gimmick? Or something in between?

http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/adam-keller-on-obama-netanyahu-and-the-1967-borders

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ISRAEL'S 1967 BORDERS:
Three reasons Obama's stance is a very big deal


by Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, May 20, 2011

On Thursday, President Obama said that a Middle East peace agreement should largely be based on the borders that prevailed in the region prior to the 1967 Six-Day War. Furor ensued.
What’s the problem with him saying that? That’s an approach that many experts on the region talk about. It’s been an implicit basis for past Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Yet if you’d listen to Israeli leaders and their strongest US supporters, you’d think Obama had just said Hamas was a bunch of great guys.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0520/Israel-s-1967-borders-Three-reasons-Obama-s-stance-is-a-very-big-deal

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J STREET COMMENDS OBAMA'S PEACE EFFORT

J Street commends President Obama for his important speech today outlining his approach to the changing Middle East and stating that efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution are “more urgent than ever.”

http://jstreet.org/blog/j-street-commends-president-obamas-middle-east-speech/
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WHAT IS J STREET?

The organization gives political voice to mainstream American Jews and other supporters of Israel who, informed by their Jewish values, believe that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to Israel’s survival as the national home of the Jewish people and as a vibrant democracy.

MORE: http://jstreet.org/about/

(Note: there is a JStreet chapter in Miami FL)

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NETANYAHU'S REAL MSG TO CONGRESS: THERE WILL BE NO PEACE TALKS

Christian Science Monitor, May 24, 2011

The peace process is going nowhere. That's the practical take-away from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress this morning.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Backchannels/2011/0524/Netanyahu-s-real-message-to-Congress-There-will-be-no-peace-talks

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CODEPINK DISRUPTS NETANYAHU DURING ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

'Stop Israeli war crimes,' yelled Jewish American activist who was part of 'Move Over AIPAC', CODEPINK's week-long series of actions in Washington DC calling for 'new American foreign policy in the Middle East' and challenging 'the Israelis' siege of Congress.'

http://www.codepink4peace.org/article.php?id=5838

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