August 21, 2017

Obama wants Israel to return to pre-1967 borders

Nice speech Barack, but the backdrop is a bit predictable.

United States President Barack Obama has officially announced that it is U.S. policy that a future Palestinian state should be based on borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel seized the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula in the so called ‘six day war’ in 1967.

The Sinai Peninsula has already been given back to Egypt and the Golan Heights were taken from Syria. The Gaza Strip and large portions of the West Bank are currently nominally under Palestinian Authority control.

In a major speech on U.S. policy in the Middle East, President Obama 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.”

“We believe 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 U.S. stance is in line with what the Palestinians are wanting, but there is still the thorny issue of the role of Hamas and the Israeli settlements on the West Bank.

President Obama did reiterate U.S. support for Israel’s security, and he endorsed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government’s stance wanting an incremental handover of security responsibilities by Israel when conditions on the ground allow it.

Obama declared the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security “unshakable,” and said “every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself against any threat.”

Newswarped wishes those involved in the peace process the best of luck. They have a near impossible task. Both the Israeli and Palestinian camps have their fair share of dickheads who are only to happy to de-rail things at the first sign of peace.